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"SJO" 2002 Obituary


SJOSTROM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-13 published
NOZNESKY, Peter Harry -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Died November 8, 2002 in Krakow, Poland at the age of 68. Pete, as he was known to everyone, was born April 11, 1934 in Media, Pennsylvania, the son of Harry and Serena (GRAUL) NOZNESKY. He was an outstanding athlete and realized his ambition of playing football and graduating from both LaSalle Military Academy in 1953 and Notre Dame University in 1957. Commissioned a regular army officer upon graduation, Pete attained Airborne Ranger status at Fort Benning, Georgia before serving with the Elite 3rd Airborne Division in Europe. After resigning his commission, Pete went to work for the United States Tire and Rubber Company in New York and New England. In the 1960's, he was hired away by General Battery Corporation based in Reading, Pennsylvania and served in a number of capacities before becoming Vice-President in 1968, President in 1972 and Chief Executive Officer in 1977. After leaving General Battery Corporation in the early 1980's, Pete became President of Allied Corporation's Prestolite Battery Division and subsequently purchased Prestolite Battery Division in Canada (renamed Battronics) and merged it with Exide Battery of Canada while retaining 50% ownership and operational control until 1992. In 1993, he sold out his interest to pursue business interests in the newly independent Poland. He founded and operated two separate automotive parts endeavours before becoming the Managing Director of Ryan Breweries in Poland. Pete cared deeply about his country and served as an active member of The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania - an organization dedicated to educating America's youth and teachers about our country's founding principles and abundant spirit and opportunities. Pete was also a proud recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1994 - an award given to immigrants or the descendants of immigrants, who have achieved mightily in the United States. At the time of his death, Pete was making plans to return to the United States to pursue business interests a little closer to home. Above all, Pete loved his family and was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Sally-Ann (SJOSTROM) NOZNESKY, his two children, A. Katrina (wife of Christopher) IAMARINO and Harry P. NOZNESKY, and his grandchildren, Matthew Joseph IAMARINO and Jesse Peter IAMARINO. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday. November 16, 2002 at 9: 30 a.m. at Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, 2700 Saint Albans Drive, Reading, Pennsylvania. The family will receive Friends at Theo. C. Auman Funeral Home, 247 Penn Street, Reading, Pennsylvania, on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers. contributions may be made to the Peter H. Noznesky Fund at Notre Dame University, Development Office, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556.

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