John T. Ciesielski Sr., a former longtime Aberdeen Proving Ground employee and Civil War buff, died Oct. 13 of kidney failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Overlea resident was 96.
Mr. Ciesielski was born in New Kensington, Pa., and moved to Highlandtown with his family in 1920. He was a 1929 graduate of City College.
He worked at Lever Bros. and Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant before enlisting in the Army in World War II. He served as a materials clerk in Cheltenham, England, and Paris.
After the war, he went to work in the testing and evaluation command at Aberdeen. He retired in 1974.
"He worked mainly with jeeps at Aberdeen," said his son, John T. Ciesielski Jr. of Towson.
Mr. Ciesielski assembled a large collection of books related to the Civil War and letters written by the soldiers. He was also a collector of stamps and coins.
Mr. Ciesielski's wife of 45 years, the former Josephine Williams, died in 1992.
He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass was offered Oct. 15.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mary Jo Schap of Overlea; a brother, Stanley Ciesielski of Towson; a sister, Madeline Ciesielski of Highlandtown; and four grandchildren.