PACCM: Polonia Bids Farewell to Alfreda Plocha

Alfreda B. Plocha


Mrs. Plocha, an active and distinguished member of Philadelphia’s “Polonia” (Polish Community) shared her love for things Polish.  She was born in Binarowa, outside of Gorlice in southeastern Poland in 1921.  She came to Philadelphia in 1935 and moved into the family home on Pemberton Street in Queen Village.  She would often say that her mother’s sending her to this country spared her the ravages of war.  Her brothers Edward and Thaddeus were in Nazi camps until they were liberated by Allied troops, and she brought them to the USA.  Mrs. Plocha has devoted her entire life to serving Polish Americans.  She was an active parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church and a member of the fraternal organization, the Union of Polish Women in America (UPWA) since her youth.  She served as the UPWA President General from 1977 to 1993.  She also served as Financial Secretary for Group 9 from 1953 to 2009.  In addition, she was President of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Fraternal.  She was a National Director of the Polish American Congress (PAC), Eastern Pennsylvania district, and also served as Chair for the Polish Fund on the PAC’s Committee for the Restoration of the Statue of Liberty.  Mayor W. Wilson Goode appointed her to the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, where she served as Secretary.  In 1976, she was honored with the Achievement Award for Service Activities to Polish American Youth.  In 1981, John Cardinal Krol appointed Mrs. Plocha to work with Deborah Heart Hospital in Browns Mills, New Jersey to bring children from Poland for heart operations that were not possible in Poland, thus saving hundreds of young lives.  In 1982, the Polish Army Veterans Post #12 made Mrs. Plocha an honorary member, and she was honored by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Philadelphia for her outstanding humanitarian achievements.  In 1984, the Italian Press Knights Legion enrolled Mrs. Plocha in the Honoris Causa.   In 1985, Mrs. Plocha became an honorary Member of the Polish Air Force Veterans Association.  Above all, she valued the Papal Honor, Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice, bestowed upon her by her fellow countryman Pope John Paul II (whom she had met on numerous occasions, before and after his ascent to the Papacy).
Mrs. Plocha, beloved wife of the late Zygmunt Plocha, is survived by her three daughters, Kamila Gabbard (Gene), Marja Galas (Wojtek), and Paula Straka and her two sons, Edward (Helen) and Leon (Joanne).  She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Ania, Alicia, Aleksandra, Lydia, Roman, Jasiu, Julia and Maximilian.
A viewing will be held on Sunday evening, 6-8 p.m., October 10th, and Monday morning, 9-10 am, at St. Stanislaus Church, 3rd and Fitzwater Streets, Philadelphia, PA. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 11th, at St. Stanislaus Church.

Farewell for Alfreda Plocha

Viewing: Sunday, October 10, 2010
6 to 8 P.M.
St. Stanislaus Church
3rd and Fitzwater Streets,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

Viewing prior to Funeral Mass: 9 A.M.
Funeral Mass Monday, October 11, 2010
10 A.M.
St. Stanislaus Church
3rd and Fitzwater Streets,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, PA

Memorial contributions can be sent to:
Polish American Cultural Center Museum
308 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1700 • Monday through Saturday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Waldemar Glodek

Autor: Waldemar Glodek