Edwin Potocki

edwin potocki
LINDEN Edwin L. Potocki, 88, died May 13, 2008 at his home near Linden. He was born April 8, 1920 in Calumet City, Illinois, to Stanley and Minnie Lou Lewandoski Potocki. He was retired from Lone Star Steel Company, a Catholic and a WWII veteran. He is survived by a brother, Richard Potocki, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Potocki was preceded in death by his wives, Catherine Short Potocki and Janie Potocki; two brothers, Stanley and Jim; and three sisters, Lotti, Eleanor, and Geniv. No local services are planned. Local arrangements were under the direction of Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home in Linden. Burial will be in Gary Diocesan Cemeteries, St. John-St. Joseph, under the direction of Burns-Kish Funeral Home, Hammond, Indiana.

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  1. Hello, my name is Russell Vineyard and Edwin was my grandfather…he was married to my grandmother Janie Potocki. I have many great memories of Ed, he used to wake me up in the early morning to go and rake and burnleaves in the pasture. He taught be to be respectful to all around you and appreciate everything you have around you. He taught me to work with my hands, and I will never forget our trips to the corner store to get coffee and doughnuts. I will miss you Ed and I am a better man today because you were in my life…I love you with all my heart!

  2. Ed was a great guy with a winning personality. He and my dad (stanley) would play cards and talk about the"good old days". Even though he lived in Texas, he would occasionally drive up here and we would all get together and catch up.He will be missed..that is for sure.

  3. Ed was a great uncle & great person. In the early 1960s, as a young city boy visiting with my father (Ed's brother Stanley), I went out onto the property to explore. When I found a pond on the property, I decided that swimming was a good idea. The pond had some tree trunks or branches sticking out in the water about 15 feet from the edge, so I thought it was a great place to swim. Some minutes later, Ed came running out waving his hands & yelling at me to get out of the water. I did but was upset. He explained, as he grabbed my ear gently for emphasis, that Water Mocassins frequented the area around the pond. I had no clue. Two days later, while I was roaming around the place with an empty bleach bottle, I happened across some interesting-looking worms. I put them into the bottle & took them back to the house. His dog (can't remember the name) went crazy & knocked the bottle out of my hand, scattering the worms onto the floor. Ed & my dad scrambled around to get the worms & remove them from the house. Ed once again sat me down at the kitchen table & this time not-so-gently explained that my worms were baby Copperheads – just as dangerous as adult Copperheads. He was especially gentle when he told me his dog had more sense than I did. The following weekend, when we all visited Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Arkansas, I was a lot smarter & avoided any contact with native wildlife. So, my trip to Texas was a learning experience. Instead of locking me in the barn with the rattlesnakes, Ed took extra time to explain to the dumb city boy what living in the country was all about – adding other cautions about what to avoid, such as not reaching underneath piled lumber in the barn so as not to meet the rattlesnakes. Although I haven't seen him in many years, I'll always remember his kindness & decision to give me a reprieve from the beatings I so richly deserved.

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