Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 3, 2013

John Andrew Kaczynski

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — John Andrew Kaczynski, age 61, of 60 Summers Street, Welch, WV, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30 in Charlotte, N.C. due to complications from lung cancer.

Born on July 23, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the only child of John and Ann Kaczynski of Pittsburgh, Pa.

He had been a resident of Welch for 38 years. He was a retired school teacher with McDowell County Board of Education. John taught and coached in several McDowell County schools through the years, including:  Bartley Elementary and Junior High School, War Junior High School, Big Creek High School and Fall River Elementary School. He received his undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania and his Master's in Education from Marshall University.

Survivors include daughters, Michelle Kaczynski Carlson and husband Eric of Charlotte, N.C. and Amy Kaczynski of Charleston.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with Father Paul officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send charitable contributions to one of the following charities:

  The Community Crossing, Inc., 225 Maple Ave., Welch, WV 24801, (304) 436-8300

  The American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.