Welna, Henry Joseph - October 10, 2015



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KENSINGTON - Henry Joseph Welna, 85, of Kensington, formerly of New Britain, widower of Florence Rose (Madrak) Welna, died peacefully on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Highlands Living Center in Rochester, NY where he relocated for health reasons in 2013. After earning a Bachelor's degree magna cum laude in mechanical engineering at Syracuse University in 1951, Henry went on to earn a Master of Science and Master of Education degree at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1955 while working at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland as an aeronautical research scientist and serving on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now NASA). During his career Henry was an adjunct assistant professor of engineering science at the University of Hartford. In 1955 he was employed for 36 years as a senior analytical engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Harford supervising turbine aerodynamic analytical and turbine research groups for NASA, NATO, the US Air Force and US Navy, and authored multiple scientific research publications during his career. Following his retirement, Henry kept busy as a tax accountant/manager at H&R Block for 15 years in the Meriden office. At the time of his death, he was a proud member of the Lions Club in Berlin being a past president twice, chairman of the Berlin Fair, and editor of the Lions Club newsletter, receiving the Melvin Jones Award and the Knights of the Blind Award from the Lions Club, and several community service awards while enjoying the camaraderie of his Lions Club friends. His hobbies included playing his accordion in local polka bands, gardening, woodworking and collecting coins. Henry is survived by his daughter, Mary Brown, of Victor, New York, his son, Henry Welna of Maine, and two grandchildren, Nicolas Brown of Victor, New York, granddaughter, Kristen Welna of New Britain, who he loved dearly, a brother, Dr. Joseph Welna and his wife Marianne of New Britain, Clinton, and West Palm Beach, Florida, a sister, Irene DeVivo of Kensington, brother-in-law William Madrak of Southington, close friend Rhonda Zawadzki of Meriden, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. In addition to his beloved wife, he was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Sophie (Roman) Welna, and his sister, Cecilia Welna. The family would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful staff at the Highlands Living Center and the Visiting Nurse Hospice Service for all the loving excellent care that they provided to him during the last 2 years, in addition to the support of his nephew Joseph Samojla and wife Lee-Ellen, niece Ann Samojla and husband John as well as his brother Joseph and his wife. A memorial service will be held Wednesday (October 21, 2015) DIRECTLY at 10am at St. Paul Church, 467 Alling Street in Kensington. Private burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. Friends and relatives may call at Porter’s Funeral Home in Kensington on Tuesday (October 20, 2015) from 6-8pm. The Lions Club will meet for a service at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to the Berlin Lions Club Charities, Inc., PO Box 23, Berlin, CT 06037 and used to plant a tree to commemorate Henry’s numerous contributions to the Lions Club and local community.


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