Edward Andrew Ashanky passed away May 3, 2011. He fought the good fight but his body wore out on him. Ed was an Elder and treasured member of the United Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. He was a good and kind man who made a difference in peoples lives. He saw a problem and moved in to help find a solution where people could not find one for themselves. Everyone who knew him came away a little richer. Our family and his friends will find his void hard to fill. Our sorrow is only eased by knowing he is in the Lord’s hands now.
He was a long time member and past treasurer of The Mended Hearts, Inc. Chapter #186 in Springfield, NJ. He also took part in their Camp Hope Program for children with heart ailments.
He was awarded the 1981 Donald S. McNaughton Humanitarian Award for Community Leadership through the Prudential Insurance Company. He retired from Prudential Insurance Company in 1984.
Edward was Co-Chair for Issues & Answers sessions in the Learning for Life seniors program at United Presbyterian. He also was the Governor’s volunteer in the New Jersey State prisons, teaching and motivating prisoners in the Behavior Modification Program.
After retirement he was a troubleshooter dealing with contractors for the United Presbyterian Church in Plainfield striving to get the best results for the building and grounds. He could smooth the waters and make things happen.
He was involved in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 1204, Fort Hess and served during WWII in the 862ND Engineer Aviation Battalion, Company C from 1942-1945. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #32.
Edward is survived by his wife of 64 years Jeanne C. nee:Colby Ashanky, a son James and his wife Catherine, a daughter Karen A. Preissner, and 3 grandchildren Jenaire Burnett, Johanna Klein and Matthew Fox.
A memorial service will be held on May 14, 2011 at 12:30pm at United Presbyterian Church, 525 East Front Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060. A light luncheon and fellowship will follow in the Fellowship Room.
Arrangements are under the direction of Valley Memorial Funeral Home, 1012 Valley Rd, Gillette, NJ 07933.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Presbyterian Church
Information and online condolences www.valleymemorialfuneralhome.net.