Dr. Henry Kosieradzki
Dr. Henry Kosieradzki died in home on May 10, 2014. Those who wish to join his family in the celebration of Henry’s life are invited to attend funeral services at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown on Saturday, May 24, at 1 PM. Visitation will be held one hour prior until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, a Memorial has been established in Henry’s name at the Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St., Marshalltown, Iowa 50158. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Henry was born Nov. 1, 1918, on a peasant farm in Apole, Poland. Henry’s mother taught him that education was his only escape from peasant life. In 1938, he was admitted to the Polish Military Medical Academy in Warsaw. On Sept. 1, 1939 his education was interrupted with the start of World War II. Henry’s life became a tale of survival. After the Russians captured his military unit he endured Russian “re-education” camps in Lithuania and Bialorus. When Henry did not convert to communism, he was sent by “cattle car” into a forced labor camp beyond the Artic Circle.
With the formation of the Allied forces, the Polish prisoners were liberated. Henry became a cadet-Sargent officer in the Polish Army. He became part of a MASH unit that went to Uzbekistan, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt and then Italy. His MASH unit supported the Adriatic Front for the battles on Monte Casino, Senigalia and Bologna.
At the conclusion of the war, Henry continued his medical education in Italy at the University of Bologna. He learned to speak Italian and ultimately graduated at the top of the medical school class. At the university he met another Polish medical student, Danuta, whom he married.
In 1952, Henry and Danuta immigrated to the United States to start a new life together. They and 50 other Polish medical students were given opportunities to further their training and practice though out the USA. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. He became a licensed physician in 1956, and the following year he became a citizen of the United States.
The family moved to Marshalltown in 1958, where he worked as a Psychiatrist, raised his three sons, and started the Marshalltown Mental Health Center. Henry and Danuta were married for 60 years until she passed in 2007.
From humble beginnings Henry represents the American Dream. Starting on a peasant farm in Poland he endured endless adversity and yet became a successful Physician in the United States. In his last days, he was asked by his grandchildren to share wisdom learned regarding his survival. His response: “Use your brain and take initiative.”
Henry was the last man standing of the 52 Polish Immigrants. With his death an era has come to an end. Henry is survived by his sons Mark, Paul, and Arthur, their wives, Joan, Mamen, and Jeanne, and grandchildren Lex, Nik, Zoe, Tana, Ben, Mitch, Shane and Grace. He adored his beloved grandchildren, with each one of them carrying forward a part of his character. “Sto-lat”!