NEW BRITAIN Father Ladislaus "Walter" Joseph Kaminski of New Britain died on Aug. 21.
He was born on Dec. 1, 1923, in New Britain, the fifth of seven children of Franiciszek and Katarzyna (Szarabura) Kaminski and was a lifelong New Britain resident. He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated in 1942 from New Britain High School.
He then joined the United States Army and was assigned to Gen. George Pattons Third Army. He received three commendations for valor. Upon his return to the United States, he studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Marys University in Baltimore in 1950 and completed his studies at Saint Marys Seminary in 1954. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John F. Hackett on May 27, 1954, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
Father Kaminskis service as a priest spanned nearly 45 years with assignments at St. Stanislaus in Meriden, St. Stanislaus in Bristol, St. Joseph in Suffield, Immaculate Conception in Southington, Sacred Heart in New Britain, and SS. Cyril and Methodius in Hartford, where he was pastor for 12 years. He opened the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1975 and also received the Cavaliers Cross, of the Polonia Restituta, from the Polish Government-in-Exile in London. He spent the last years of his retirement as a resident of St. Lucians Residence and, more recently, at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor, both in New Britain.
Father Kaminski is survived by his nephews, Daniel Kupiec of New Britain; Gregory Kupiec of Murphysboro, Ill.; and Frank Kupiec of Berlin; and cousin, Jane Prokop of New Britain.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 25 at Sacred Heart Church. Msgr. Daniel J. Plocharczyk, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, preached the homily. Burial with military honors followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain.
Donations in his name may be sent to SS. Cyril and Methodius School, 35 Groton St., Hartford, CT 06106-2799; or Sacred Heart School, 35 Orange St., New Britain, CT 06053-4122.