STANLEY ANDREW KUBAS
Stanley Andrew Kubas, age 93, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 after several months of failing health. Stan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 25, 1920, son of the late Thomas and Aniela (Fedorowicz) Kubas who were Austrian/Polish immigrants to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. His parents and his only sister all died within several months of one another in 1929 and 1930. It was then that his Aunt Mary Kramarz raised Stan and his two younger brothers in West Rutland, where he attended eight years of grammar school.
Stan was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937 to 1939. The U.S. Forestry Service in Bradford employed him from 1939 to 1940. He joined the U.S. Army in 1940, and in 1941 completed the Quartermaster Corps School for Bakers and Cooks at Camp Edwards, Mass. He actively served as a mess sergeant where he supervised 52 men in the preparation of food for 4,000 men. He also performed duties in Casablanca, Africa during World War II. He received several decorations and citations: Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Theater Service Medal, and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in November 1951.
He was married to Marion Butler on Aug. 2, 1947 in Holy Angels Church in St. Albans. They raised their six children on Walnut Street in St. Albans. Stan enjoyed building and repairing things throughout his life. His carpentry skills shined when he designed and built his house on Walnut St. in the early 1950’s. It was there that he spent much time tending to his vegetable garden. He and Marion spent many hours harvesting and canning produce to feed their family. He also raised chickens for the eggs and meat. Stan enjoyed the outdoors by fishing and bird watching. He especially liked going on bus tours with friends. Stan was a strong-willed, hardworking man who taught his children a good work ethic. He used a common sense approach in dealing with situations, an approach that has served him well.
He was an active lifetime member in the local chapter of the American Legion Post #1, and of the 40 and 8. He was also a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Robert E. Glidden Post #758. He prepared many tasty meals for members and guests of both of these organizations. He also catered many banquets locally over the years. He worked as a carman for the Central Vermont Railway, and later as a foreman for the Public Works Dept. in the City of St. Albans until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of the AFL-CIO during that time. He served on the St. Albans City Council for many years as alderman of Ward 3. He was a communicant of Holy Angels Church. He received an honorary graduate diploma from Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans on June 16, 2002.
His survivors include his children: Daniel Kubas of Tuscon, Ariz.; Nancy Fiske and her husband, Wayne, of Franklin; Bonnie Kubas of St. Albans; John Kubas and companion, Nancy Hayes, of Vergennes; and Janet Champagne of St. Albans. 11 grandchildren: Lori Audet, Carrie Wescott, Heather Smith, Sarah Gonyeau, Jon Fiske, Ashley LaRocque, Michelle and Sherie Dishaw, Ryan, Kyle, and Kasey Kubas. Eighteen great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Alex, Dylan, Caleb, Zachary, Anna, Matthew, Megan, Luc, Andrew, Meredith, Benjamin, Rylee, Gage, Keith, Kristen, Kali, and Kc. He leaves his nieces and nephews: Diane Mahoney and her husband Tom; Tom Kubas and wife, Darlene; Rick Kubas and his wife, Tricia; and Joyce Kubas. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Blanche Kubas of Florida; and two cousins who were ‘sister and brother’ to him, Helen Nienaltowski of West Rutland, and Bruno Kramarz of Fulton, NY. He leaves several grand nieces and nephews. Four stepchildren: Fred, Jana, Curtis, and Wendy, also survive him. He leaves many friends in the community.
Stan was predeceased by his wife, Marion in 1980, and a daughter, Sally Blondo in 2010; his two brothers, Thomas and Joseph, his sisters-in-law, Joyce Kubas and Lorraine Bartlett, a brother-in-law Harold ‘Cherry’ Bartlett; and a nephew, Dana Kubas. His second wife, Mary Heald, also predeceased him.
Stan’s family would like to thank the caring staff at the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center, St. Albans Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Northwestern Medical Center, and also Dr. and Mrs. Frank Zsoldos, and Dr. Marco for the care that he received and the support given to his family. His family also extends thanks to his supportive neighbors and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at Holy Angels Catholic Church on Lake Street with the Reverend Maurice Roy as celebrant. Interment will be at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Stan’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home at 86 South Main Street, St. Albans. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Vermont Food bank, 33 Parker Road, Bare, VT 05641, or your local food shelf. Online condolences may be sent to his family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.