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EMILIA W. FUDALA, 96, currently of Norman, OK and recently of Binghamton, NY passed away Thursday, June 15th, 2017.  She was born on October 6, 1920 in Bochnia, Poland to Warzyniec and Emilia (nee - Fitz) Gondek.

Emilia ("Miki") was a P.O.W., surviving 21 months of imprisonment in a Russian Labor Camp (Gulag). Upon release in late March of 1941, she joined the Polish military forces, training and serving in the Mid-East and Italy as a Courier and Transportation Sergeant during WW II.  She served with the Polish Army under the auspices of the British 8th Army during the Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy in 1944.  In 1946, she married Jan Fudala (also an Officer in the Polish Army) in Loretto, Italy and both settled in England following their discharge from military duty.  After the birth of a son and daughter in England, they emigrated to the United States in 1951 and became U.S. Citizens, raising their family in Binghamton, NY. She was promoted to 1st Lieutenant (Retired) in September of 2015 by the Polish Government.

Emilia was active in the Polish National Alliance, the Polish Army Veterans Association, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences, and the American Civic Center while residing in Binghamton. She was a founding member of the Polish Community Center in Binghamton, NY and the Kopernick Society who through their efforts, raised funds for building the Kopernick Observatory in Vestal, NY.  During her lifetime she was recognized for her community commitment, cultural achievements and military service. She was awarded the Polish Medalu "Obroncy Ojczyzny 1939-1945" (Medal for Defending the Country) while in Italy on May 9th of this year.

Emilia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jan Fudala, and son John K. Fudala.  Emilia is survived by three daughters: Basn Fudala-Taylor and husband Michael Skrzypczynski of Norman, OK; Bozenna Fudala Jones and husband Bradley of Lexington, OK; Ewa Fudala Tedeschi and husband, John of Chantilly VA.  She also has two grandsons: Robert Jones and wife Myranda of Lexington, OK and Joseph Tedeschi of Chantilly, VA.; and two great-grandsons, Jerry and Jon Jones of Lexington, OK.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Endicott, NY on Friday, June 23rd at 10 AM with internment following at Calvary Cemetery in Johnson City, NY. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Saturday, August 12 at 10 AM.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Emilia Fudala to St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Endicott, NY or the St. Vincent DePaul Society at either St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Norman, OK or Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Purcell OK.  Online condolences may be shared at www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com in Norman, OK.
Published on  July 17, 2017
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