Edmund L. “Ed” Ulatowski, 87, of Kissimee, Fla., formerly of Towanda, passed away Monday evening, Aug. 17, 2020, with his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara, at his side.
Ed struggled for several years with numerous medical challenges, including diabetes and parkinsonism called progressive supranuclear palsy, but he lost the battle to COVID-19.
Born Aug. 5, 1933, in Nanticoke, to Frank Ulatowski and Edna Mika Ulatowski, Ed was educated at Sorbertown Elementary School and Nanticoke High School, Class of 1951. He was a member of the National Guard, 967 Armored Field Artillery Batallion while he was in high school. His unit was federalized in May of 1951 and consequently he was not available to graduate with his class. He proudly served in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in Nov. 1952.
Mr. Ulatowski took advantage of the G.I. Bill to further his education at General Motors Institute now Kettering University in Flint, Mich. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering degree in 1957. He was sponsored there by the Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac Assembly Plant, Linden, N.J., where he was employed in the co-op program. He was then briefly employed by Linear Inc., Dallas. Ed worked for Sylvania Electric Corp., which was later changed to GTE, in Towanda for 30 years until his retirement in 1991. He was a process engineer in charge of outside contracts and was involved in many construction projects at GTE during his years of employment there.
Ed enjoyed golfing for fun, but was passionate about fishing and hunting. He took pleasure in indoor hobbies of tropical fish, tying flies for fishing and loading ammunition for hunting. He shared his love of Christmas with family, friends and neighbors by elaborately decorating his home on Fifth Street each Christmas season, which was widely admired for many years.
Mr. Ulatowski was a long time member of the Elks and Towanda Country Club and was a life member of the American Legion, Post 42, Towanda, The Knights of Columbus, Towanda Council, the Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club, the Bridge Street Hill Rod and Gun Club and the NRA. He served for 20 years on the Bradford County Regional Arts Council and the Towanda Borough Planning Commission. He was a communicant of Ss. Peter and Paul’s Parish, Towanda, where he served as a lector and extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and as an adult altar server.
For about 25 years, Ed and his wife, Barbara, were snowbirds and spent winters in Lakeland, Fla., where they were members of St. Joseph’s Church. They were lectors and extraordinary ministers while health allowed. Ed also faithfully attended the Thursday 6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study. In October 2016, Ed and Barbara sold their home in Towanda and moved to Kissimmee, Fla., where they lived in Good Samaritan Village at the time of Ed’s passing. They are members of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
On July 2, 1960, Ed married the love of his life, the former Barbara Kosloski, Plymouth, at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, Plymouth. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with many family members helping them enjoy the special occasion.
In addition to his wife, Barbara, Mr. Ulatowski is survived by three daughters, Lorraine “Lori” and husband, Anson Wright, St. Cloud, Fla.; Karen and husband, Kevin Renninger, Allentown; and Joanne and husband, Brian Johnson, Gonzales, La.; one sister, Sylvia and her husband, John Bera, Long Valley, N.J.; brother-in-law, Peter Kaye, Winter Haven, Fla.; sister-in-law, Joan Kaye, Plymouth; grandchildren, Brad and his wife, Michelle Wright, Milwalkee, Wis.; Daniel Wright, Orlando, Fla.; Logan Renninger, Houston, Texas; Levi Renninger, Long Beach, Calif.; Matthew Johnson, Gonzales, La.; Nicole Johnson, Monroe, La.; Adam Johnson, Gonzales, La. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and a host of friends.
Mr. Ulatowski was predeceased by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Frank Uhl and Ellin Jean Skelly Uhl, Hackettstown, N.J.; sister, Marlene Saxman, Springtown; nephew and godchild, Paul Uhl, Hackettstown, N.J.; brother-in-law, Andrew J. Kaye, Plymouth; sister-in-law, Donna Kaye, Winter Haven, Fla.
A celebration of life, Mass of Christian Burial and burial will take place at a later date in Towanda and Plymouth when travel restrictions because of COVID-19 are eased.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in Mr. Ulatowski’s memory to Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church, Towanda, St. Agnes School, Towanda, or Bradford County Regional Arts Council, Towanda.