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Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | Jeanne C. (Kurczap) Szela, 74, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 19, 2018. Born January 1, 1944, daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Zalynski) Kurczap, she was raised in
It is with incredible sadness we inform you of the passing of Jeanne Szela yesterday. Jeanne was the wife of IPA Director Ed Szela, who passed away on January 9. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers are with the entire Szela family. May Ed & Jeanne rest in peace. They will both be sorely missed. ... See MoreSee Less
Ed Szela was elected IPA Director from Massachusetts in August 1999. He was born in Thompsonville, Connecticut, the son of Polish immigrants. His parents were actively involved in the Polish community, volunteering their services at local polka dances where Eddie developed his love of polka music and learned to speak Polish fluently at an early age. Eddie married his wife, Jeanne, on October 23, 1965.
They met at a polka dance, and along with their two daughters, Sue & Sandy, they traveled throughout the country attending numerous polka festivals, Polish picnics, and polka cruises. Eddie & Jeanne reside in Longmeadow, Massachusetts where they host an annual Christmas Party at “Club Szela”- Where the Party Never Ends!
Ed has always been dedicated to keeping polka music alive, not only by supporting various clubs and polka bands by attending their dances, but also by being an active member of the IPA and other polka organizations. He has for may years, along with Freddy Kendzierski, run a benefit for the IPA Hall of Fame at the Ludlow PACC with several thousand dollars of proceeds donated to the Hall of Fame Fund.
He is a dedicated board member of the Ludlow PACC and holds the position of Dance Committee Chairman donating his time and efforts to bringing many popular polka bands from near and far to entertain the polka fans. He also has organized many bus trips to various polka weekends and Polka Festivals. Ed is proud to have been honored by the Ludlow PACC with the Citizen of the Year Award for 2010, and by the IPA with the Joe Jozwiak Award for 2012.
Ed passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. He will be sorely missed by many.
Help the International Polka Association celebrate January being “National Polka Month” at the third annual Festival of Buffalo Polka Bands at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Potts Deli and Grille banquet hall, 41 S. Rossler St.