John P. Piantek, 95, of Rockfall died Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at home after a short illness. Born December 1, 1917, he was the husband of the late Caroline (Garboski) Piantek and the son of Marion and Rose (Litvinski) Piantek.
John is survived by his son, William Piantek and his wife Beryl of Wallingford and his daughter, Sandra Piantek of Middlefield; his grandsons Nicholas and his wife Jennifer and Kurtis and his fiancée Jessica; two great grandchildren, Kelly Grace Piantek and Kyle Ryan Piantek. He is also survived by a sister, Theresa Lukaszewski of New Jersey and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Andrew, Joseph, Stanley and Walter and two sisters, Sophie Binkowski and Jennie Cihocki.
In 1957, John founded the Aircraft Forged Tool Company on Rockfall where he worked until his retirement in 1983. The company is still in operation today under the direction of his son William.
John was a former captain and member of the East Berlin Fire Department. He was an active member of several organizations: the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Middletown Lodge 771; the Middletown Knights of Columbus; St. Kazimierz Society; the Polish Falcons of America, Nest 519; and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a member of the Tadeusz Kosciuszko Society in Rockfall where he served as president for many years. John was a parishioner of St. Colman Church where he had been a member of the parish council and an usher.
The family wishes to thank the physicians and nurses from Vitas Hospice for their continued care. A special thank you to Kingsley, Penny, Alana, Deborah and Dawona from Lend A Hand for their kindness and assistance. The Funeral Liturgy will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Colman Church, Middlefield. Burial will be in Middlefield Cemetery. Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St. Middletown, on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send contributions to the St. Colman Care and Share, 145 Hubbard St., Middlefield, CT 06455 or to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 628 Hebron Ave, Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033.