Jan Tuma

Jan "John" Tuma

Saturday, March 9th, 1929 - Monday, March 2nd, 2020
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COHOES Jan Tuma, 90, passed away at his home in Cohoes, NY of natural causes. He was born in Belarus, which was part of Greater Poland.

He experienced the severity of W.W.II and it’s aftermath with Communist Russia, which haunted him.

Having to serve mandatory military duty, he was stationed in Estonia with forced labor as mason rebuilding homes.
When he became injured from overwork, he was charged 35 years for Political Treason and sent to the Siberian lumber industry Gulag to serve his time.

There he tailored also for the military assisting him in some reprieve from the harsh conditions of life.

Serving four years at the Siberian Gulag, he had the fortune of being released as a political prisoner with Stalin’s death; one of 2 million political prisoners.

Sponsored by his half-brother, Joseph Tuma, he went to the heart of Poland.
There he met Felicja Romanowska and they wed.
With his wife and 2 daughters, they came to America sponsored by a cousin, Ignas.

A mason by trade, Jan worked with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Union in many projects throughout the area, including the South Mall in Albany, as well as, Albany’s oldest church.
He is listed in Albany’s Historic Society of Restoration, and also worked on many private homes on State St and others.

Jan promoted Education as an important aspect of offering a better life for his 2 daughters, and 2 grandchildren supporting all through colleges, university, and professional academic institutions.

He grew an annual vegetable garden for over 50 years. In his later years, his hobby was recycling bottles, cans, & metals.

Jan is survived by his wife Felicja Tuma; by his daughters, Grace Tuma and Jeanine Loya (Andy); by his grandchildren, Andrea Loya (Dennis Prudhomme, Jr.) and Patrick Loya (Sarah); and by his great grandchildren, Colin and Lucas. He is also survived by his extended family in Europe.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes.
Interment will follow in St Michael’s Cemetery, Waterford.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Church, 20 Page Ave., Cohoes or your local Animal Shelter.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Fitzgerald Funeral Home
    105 Vliet Blvd.
    COHOES, NY 12047
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  • Service

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 11:00am
    Fitzgerald Funeral Home
    105 Vliet Blvd.
    COHOES, NY 12047
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    Rev. Peter Tkocz
  • Interment

    St. Michael's Cemetery
    94 Middletown Road
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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Posted at 05:04am
Dear Grace and family; I read the obituary. Wow! What a long and challenging and full life! I am so sorry for your loss, but am glad he is at peace and in the loving arms of God. May you all be comforted at this difficult time.

Kelly Thierbecker

Posted at 11:29am
Jan was indeed a kind man with a kind heart. We had the pleasure of working with Jan for many years during his employment at Western Waterproofing Co., Inc. He was a very talented mason and took pride in the work he completed. There were far too many projects to note just one....many of them National Historical Sites which will be enjoyed for years to come. I know I speak for all of the "Western Family" when I say we were all truly blessed to have had the pleasure of working with Jan. Our sincerest condolences to his family


Posted at 09:39am
So sorry for your loss, Grace. Hope you and your mother are well. Karen

Steve Robbiano

Posted at 02:00pm
I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Jan. He was a wonderful, kind and warm man. I am better for having met him.
With warm condolences to the family,
Steve Robbiano
Longmont, CO

Carol De Celle

Posted at 10:16am
Jeanine and family I am so very sorry about your dad. He was quite thee man. I never knew he had gone so much in his early life. He did a fine job raising his lovely family. Give my best to all. Carol De Celle (Kevin Bladen's sister ) My brother also send his best to all.

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