John F. "Ski" Stanislawski
After a long illness, John F. "Ski" Stanislawski died recently in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 70.
Born, raised and educated in Buffalo, N.Y., he graduated from the Ro-chester Institute of Technology with a BSME degree.
He joined the U.S. Navy, and as a lieutenant and naval pilot flew as patrol plane commander and weather pilot.
Later as a flight instructor he was the most requested instructor in his squadron.
Following his naval career, John became an aerospace engineer and contributed to the Apollo Program.
Designing equipment that kept astronauts alive after a lunar lander failure, he was recognized by NASA with the Medal of Appreciation.
He continued his engineering career in nuclear submarines in Mystic, Conn.
With his loving, caring wife, Gay (nee Rost), John also resided over the years in California, Virginia Wisconsin and Florida.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his mother, Frances, a brother, Richard and a sister, Joan Wasielewski, all of Buffalo.
His brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews, will all miss him deeply as a smart, kind and witty man who loved his wife and life itself.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations are appreciated to Wisconsin Cell Research Institute, P.O. Box 7365, Madison, Wis. 53707.