Romuald Czaplinski, age 89, of Stratford, beloved husband of 67 years to Sabina Wolodkowicz Czaplinski, passed away on Monday, July 27 in his home.
Czaplinski, a retired machinist for Nielsen Machine of Shelton and a jack-of-all trades, was born in Poland to the late Ignacy and Julia (Bakinowska) Czaplinski and has been a long time area resident.
He grew up on a farm in his native country. When Nazis invaded Poland during World War II, Czaplinski joined the Polish Army, fighting the occupation. He twice escaped capture by enemy soldiers. He later would tell family that Divine Intervention was responsible for him escaping unscathed.
He married Sabina Wolodkowicz in Pieniezno, Poland 1948 and they had three children — Leszek, Teresa and Bogdan.
In 1963, Czaplinski and his family emigrated to the United States, leaving farm and extended family, to escape Communist Poland and pursue the American dream.
He worked hard for most of his life — helping with the home improvement family business, in addition to his years as a machinist.
He was as graceful on the dance floor as any ballroom professional and had a talent for wood-chopping rivaled by few. He would use his farming skills throughout his life — making his backyard “gardens” more closely resemble a mid-size agricultural operation.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always remember his stories, his animal sounds and penchant for pretending to take a bite out of fingers or feet.
Later in life, as family patriarch, he oversaw all the chaos and family gatherings at his Stratford home, lovingly nicknamed The Polish Embassy. More than anything he loved to be surrounded by his large family.
Survivors in addition to his beloved wife include his devoted children, Teresa Cylwik of Stratford, and Leszek Czaplinski and his wife Alina of Shelton, daughter-in-law Mary Czaplinski, 11 cherished grandchildren, Andy (Lisa) Czaplinski, Tommy (Jackie) Czaplinski, Kristopher Czaplinski, Ania Czaplinski, Erik (Christina) Cylwik, Daniel Cylwik, Renee (Antonio) DiMatteo, Laura (Robert) Josephson, Krystyna (Chris) Alexander, Matthew (Natalie) Czaplinski, and Katie Czaplinski, 14 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Regina Iwaszkiewicz of Bridgeport, and Danuta Kuralowicz of Poland and a brother, Telesfor Czaplinski of Poland and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his son Bogdan (Don) Czaplinski, son-in-law Jozef Cylwik, and 8 siblings.
Funeral services will take place on Thursday, July 30 at 9:15 a.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford and at 10 a.m. in St. Mark Church 500 Wigwam Lane Stratford for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Monroe. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. For more information or to make an online condolence please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.
— by the family