Ex-POW worked hard to provide good life
By Tory N. Parrish
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Joseph Sudol and his brother reunited in Poland about five decades after World War II separated them.
The brothers had lost contact after being drafted into the Polish military, said Joseph Sudol's daughter, Dr. Kasia Sudol of Friendship.
The brothers' reunion in about 1991 was bittersweet. It brought to the forefront the irreplaceable years the siblings had lost, especially since Mr. Sudol's brother, Jan, died in 1993.
“He definitely made (his children) appreciate family,” his daughter said.
Joseph Sudol of Point Breeze died of complications from pneumonia on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Squirrel Hill. He was 96.
A former prisoner of war in Germany, Mr. Sudol immigrated to the United States in 1950 with determination to succeed, his daughter said.
A native of Wlodzimierz, Poland, Mr. Sudol was born Feb. 18, 1916, to Jakob Sudol and Katarzyna Pac.
Mr. Sudol served in the Polish infantry during the Blitzkrieg of 1939. He was a prisoner of war in a camp in Konigsberg, Germany, for about five years until the war ended in 1945, Dr. Sudol said.
After immigrating to the United States, Mr. Sudol became a furniture maker for Levin's Furniture and settled in Clairton.
He later worked in carpentry construction for U.S. Steel Corp. and the Civic Arena.
Mr. Sudol built display cases in Gimbels department store, Downtown, from the early 1970s until his retirement in the early 1980s.
He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local No. 165.
He was a hard worker who provided a comfortable life for his wife of 43 years, Eva, and his three children, his daughter said.
“He didn't believe in (buying with) credit. If you didn't have the money, you saved money. He certainly taught us the value of hard work,” she said.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Kasia, Mr. Sudol is survived by a son, Joseph Sudol, of Durango, Colo., and another daughter, Lidia Newton, of Frisco, Colo.
He is survived by two grandchildren, Konrad and Adela Holland.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jan Sudol, of Wroclaw, Poland, and sister, Stanislawa Topor, of Lublin, Poland.
Friends and family will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in McCabe Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside. A blessing service will follow at 10 a.m. in the Temple of Memories at Allegheny Cemetery, 4715 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or email@example.com.
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