Obituary: Kenneth J. Starsiak, of Ridgefield
Information provided by Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home
RIDGEFIELD, CT – Kenneth J. Starsiak, a 56-year-old Ridgefield resident, died late Sunday evening February 20, 2022. He and his family worked diligently to navigate a complex health situation he endured at course of the last three years. Born August 17, 1935, Ken was raised in Adams, Massachusetts by a community of loving family members that, in addition to his mother and father, included his two brothers Larry and Richard. After graduating from Adams High School in 1953, Kenneth served his country honorably in the United States Armed Forces.
After an honorable discharge, he continued his undergraduate studies at North Adams State Teachers College, currently known as the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). After graduating, Ken began his career in education as an elementary school teacher and later as a computer science teacher in Norwalk, CT. Kenneth received his teaching certificate and Master of Arts in Education from the University of Bridgeport. During his tenure, Ken also founded his own real estate investment company which he actively managed until his illness began 39 months ago.
Until his last moments well into his 87th year, Ken remained calm, cool and collected. He was positive, polite, and cautious in matters of the heart and mind. Kenneth was knowledgeable and well-connected to the world of economics and finance and never missed local happenings. Ken was an avid reader. When he wasn’t working, he could be found reading interesting articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ridgefield Press, and other local newspapers. Ken also loved photography, invested in a high quality camera and took photos of his favorite subjects, capturing myriad family birthdays, anniversaries and special events. Ken watched Kramer every night and enjoyed visiting local festivals and community events with his wife Connie. He also enjoyed gardening and cheering on the UCONN Huskies, after his two sons Brian and Bruce and daughter Sandra chose to attend college to complete their undergraduate studies. Ken also enjoyed discussing educational issues with his daughter Lauren, who followed in his footsteps as an elementary school teacher.
Above all, Ken’s favorite activity was being with his wife, children and grandchildren and supporting their ever-expanding initiatives and businesses. Ken took great pleasure in raising his family, discussing the possibilities and watching each individual’s progress towards their respective goals. He was a great sounding board and took the time to be there and show his unconditional love and support first hand. He will especially miss the opportunity to be here for his first great-grandchild, Chase Alexander, and help protect and support him in this increasingly complex world. The severity of his disappointment cannot be underestimated.
Mr. Starsiak was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Ridgefield. He was an honest and ethical man of quiet conviction and dedication. As a youth, Ken was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Adams, MA, where he served as an altar boy. He grew up on nearby Siara Street where he and his friends enjoyed exploring the great outdoors. The natural pool they created when they were children (Big Basin) is still intact and is a symbol of their ingenuity. Notably, this is where Ken and Connie first met when she was just a child visiting her paternal grandparents. Ken will be sadly missed by his wife of 63 years, Constance Mary (Novak) Starsiak; son Brian (and wife Susan) Starsiak and grandson William Joseph Starsiak; sons Bruce and grandsons Grant Kenneth Starsiak and Adam James Starsiak; daughter Sandra (and husband Keith) Larson and grandchildren Andrea Nicole Larson, Connor James Larson (and wife Demet Senturk-Larson); daughter Lauren (and husband Chris) O’Toole and grandchildren Casey Anne O’Toole and Christopher Peter O’Toole; and great-grandson Chase Alexander Curtis-Larson; Casey Curtis; sisters-in-law Nancy Kordana, Janice Wright, Reiko Starsiak and other much loved family members and friends. Kenneth was predeceased by his parents Joseph Jan and Mary Katarzyna (Les) Starsiak; brothers Larry and Richard Starsiak; stepmother Lillian T. Novak; and sisters-in-law Carmela and Ruth Starsiak and other beloved family members and friends.
Connie and her family would like to extend a special thank you to the RVNA and the quality caregivers who have gone above and beyond to know, love and respect Ken during these difficult times. Thank you to those who fully supported him, respected his will to live and his ultimate desire to stay with us as long as possible.
Family and friends will be received on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment will be Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery; Adams, MA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Starsiak’s memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society http://events.lls.org/ctwhv/havensoy22/cotoole; St. Mary’s Parish, 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877 https://osvhub.com/smcr/funds; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.