Obituary – Cliffside Park’s Jules Wisniewski dies at 92

World War II found Jules Wisniewski in a perilous odyssey. A graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy in his native Poland, he was imprisoned by the Germans while serving with the Polish army. He escaped, only to be apprehended by the Russians and accused of spying. He was sent to a Siberian labor camp, escaped that, and wended his way into the United States Navy.
So began his pathway to freedom.
“I never dreamed that I would be living here,” Mr. Wisniewski, reflecting on a remarkable life, told the Ocean County Observer in 1999.
Jules Wisniewski married an American girl and settled in Cliffside Park. He furthered his education at Stevens Institute of Technology and built a career in engineering. While at Simmonds Precision, he was part of a team that received a patent for an actuator used in NASA’s Viking mission to Mars.
Mr. Wisniewski served on the Cliffside Park school board in the 1970s and, like his wife, Katherine, was a pillar of the Polish community. He was president of the Polish University Club of New Jersey, a scholarship organization, and was the group’s Citizen of the Year in 2003. Katherine Wisniewski, who headed Cliffside Park’s Polish Welfare Council, was the club’s Citizen of the Year in 1984.
Mr. Wisniewski co-founded the Polish Children’s Heartline, a charity that supports pediatric facilities in Poland that care for children with congenital heart problems.
“He had such strong ties to Poland and wanted to see the country progress, to see future generations flourish,” said Mr. Wisniewski’s daughter, Helena Wisniewski.
Jules Wisniewski, widowed in 1997, lived his final years with his daughter in Old Tappan. He died on Sunday. He was 92.
Cliffside Park police will escort Mr. Wisniewski’s funeral cortege this morning from Konopka Funeral Home in North Bergen to St. Pius X R.C. Church in Old Tappan for the 10 a.m. funeral. Entombment will be in Hackensack Cemetery.
An old friend, Cliffside Park Mayor Gerald A. Calabrese, said Mr. Wisniewski was “an outstanding citizen … always there to help.”
Mr. Wisniewski is survived by his daughter and granddaughter.
Poland native Jules Wisniewski served in World War II. He died Sunday at age 92. 
Friday, April 1, 2011
BY JAY LEVIN
The Record
STAFF WRITER
E-mail: levin@northjersey.com

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