Edward Prucnal, 84

Edward Prucnal, 84, a resident of 128 Tallman Street, Oswego, died after a short illness October 18, 2011 at Seneca Manor Senior Living Center.

Ed was Born January 9, 1927 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of the late Julian (Benny) and Rose (Krawczyk) Prucnal. He was predeceased by his younger brother Julian Prucnal Jr., in 1986.

From Oct’44 to Dec’46 Ed was an airplane mechanic with the Army Air Corps in France. He attained the rank of corporal and was part of the ground crew that serviced a Northup P61 “Black Widow”, the first operational U.S. aircraft designed specifically for the night interception of enemy aircraft. After the service he stayed in Europe for four years as Chief Administrator for Civilians in Paris. In later years he often regaled members of the family with his stories of exploring Europe in an Austin Healy convertible at the time.

While in Paris Ed successfully graduated from a fashion design school there and became a designer of hats in Paris and later had his own shop outside of Chicago. As the hat business declined he became a hair stylist at Marshall Fields in Chicago and Frost Brothers in San Antonio.

After 33 years in San Antonio, Texas, in 2002 Ed left his home there and his treasured pecan trees and returned to Oswego to be near family. Over the years he won many awards for his stained glass, embroidery work and homemade wines.

Surviving is his aunt, Helen Ciesla; uncle, Walter Celestian; close cousins, Carol (Glen) Pearsall, Connie (Jack) Reingold, Walter (Cindy) Ciesla, Mary Ann (Mike) Conaway, and Ben (Betty) Beginski; and favorite nieces, Chris Botting and Gail Le Clerk.

Ed’s ashes will be buried in the Fort Sam Houston Veterans Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas near his lifelong friend, Richard Berard.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com

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  1. The Girls at Tut’s Hair Pyramid will miss Ed so very much!! He was a very sweet, kind hearted and fun man!! Always bringing us new art to enjoy and his famous banana bread!! Last year he was kind enough to let us display his Christmas music domes in our front window!! Ed was quite the amazing man!!
    We will mis him dearly and all his wonderful stories of his days and all the tresures he shared with us over the years!!!
    We love you Ed!! U are finally back in Texas where you have wanted to be!!!
    R.I. P,
    Anhnie, Nancy, Marybeth and Cindi

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