Stanley A. Kluckowski Jr., a retired Social Security Administration official who was an accomplished baker, died Jan. 16 from esophageal cancer at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 84.
The son of Polish immigrants, Stanley Anthony Kluckowski Jr. was born and raised in Pittsburgh. His father was Stanley A. Kluckowski Sr., a steelworker, and his mother was Josephine Kluckowski, a homemaker.
Mr. Kluckowski left high school in the 11th grade to join the Marine Corps, and served during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1952. He was discharged for medical reasons after injuring a knee.
He credited his wife, the former Lena Dazio, whom he married in 1957, with urging him to return to school and earn his General Educational Development certificate. He then obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1959 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kluckowski went to work in 1959 in the SSA’s Office of Information Systems. By his retirement in 1984, he was branch chief, supervisory computer systems analyst.
During his tenure, he was “on the forefront of the computer revolution, using IBM mainframes to automate health care processes,” his daughter, Lisa Dunn of Parkton, wrote in an email. He also worked for the United Nations as a consultant to Iran and Swaziland from 1972 to 1980.
Mr. Kluckowski was a longtime member of the Federal Credit Union. After retiring, he served as president from 1984 to 1985 of the Credit Union Insurance Co.
He was also a member of the American Legion and the Disabled Veterans of America, and worked tirelessly to improve benefits for disabled veterans.
Mr. Kluckowski was a resident of Goucher Boulevard in Towson for more than 45 years.
He enjoyed baking, which he had learned from his mother. His specialties ranged from Polish breads — poppy seed, raisin and nut-filled — to raised doughnuts and cheesecakes.
His Polish nut horns, which take two days to make and are a Christmas specialty, had their origins in a family recipe passed down from his grandmother and mother, his daughter said. The yeast dough is made with sour cream and is rolled into little balls that rise overnight. Each ball is then rolled and filled with a “slightly sweet nut filling made with egg whites, sugar and ground walnut,” she said. “Each gets rolled up and shaped like a crescent.”
Mr. Kluckowski was an entertaining storyteller who liked to relate his experiences growing up as a Polish Catholic in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He also enjoyed speaking about his trips abroad for the United Nations.
In addition to traveling, he enjoyed working with his computer, playing cards, gardening and following the Steelers.
Mr. Kluckowski donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.
Plans for a celebration of life service are incomplete.
In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by two sons, Stanley A. Kluckowski III of Glen Burnie and Stephen Kluckowski of Richardson, Texas; another daughter, Lora Kluckowski of Beverely Hills, Calif.; a brother, Edward Kluckowski of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; a sister, Francis Denk of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
— Frederick N. Rasmussen