05/12/09 - NNHS Newsletter - John Pilny

M. John Pilny
(25 May 1922 - 08 May 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.   John Pilny, step-father of      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA and Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA, passed away at his home in Los Alamos, New Mexico on Friday, May 8, 2009 at the age of 86.

From the Daily Press - 05/12/09:

                           M. John Pilny

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - M. John Pilny passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 8, 2009 after a courageous battle with CHF and renal disease.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Emilie and Miraslav Pilny; his beloved wife, Leonora Lowe Pilny; his sister, Vera Pilny; his stepson, Philip Glenn Midgley; and his dear canine hiking companions, Star and Lucy.

John was born in New York, N.Y., on May 25 1922. He was a first generation immigrant from Czechoslovakia.

John was interested in science from a young age, and earned a degree in electrical engineering from NYU. John went to work for NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) Langley Research Center, which became his future employer, NASA. John spent his working years as an aeronautical engineer working on the X-15 project (where he was credited with the design of the world smallest data recorder of its time), the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo piloted spaceflight programs, the Space Shuttle program and the Viking Mars landing mission. At NASA, John was involved with quality control and redundancy (multi-layered back up systems that would protect projects from failure). John loved space and was very excited about his work.

John Pilny

John married his first wife, Dorothy Curtis Lauterbach, in March 1955 and became a wonderful father to her two children, Joan and Curtis. They divorced in 1965. John met the love of his life, Leonora Bell Lowe (Midgley) under a rainbow in Rocky Mountain National Park. They were married in 1977 and for 29 years had wonderful times traveling, hiking, photographing and helping to raise their grandchildren, Christopher Salvaterra, Jesse Resnick and Jamie Resnick, whom John loved as his own.

John is survived by his sisters, Jarmila Levit of Mahwah, N.J., and Marie Burke of Linthicum Heights, Md.; his niece, Jaye Lambert (Spencer) of Ridgewood, N.J. and their children, Sheridan Lambert (Nicosia, Cyprus), Holly Lambert Cruise (Vancouver, BC), Ariel Lambert Billmeier (Charlottesville, Va.), and Evan Lambert (Jersey City, N.J.); his stepchildren from his first marriage, Joan Lauterbach Krause, Norman Curtis Lauterbach and grandchildren, Karen Krause Meeker, Richard Scott Krause, Teresa Lauterbach Rhodes, Steven Curtis Lauterbach and 10 great-grandchildren; his stepchildren from his second marriage, Van Midgley of Draper, Utah, and grandson, Christopher Clark Salvaterra (Marjorie) of Los Angeles, Calif., and great-grandchildren, Oliver and "Lulu," and step-grandchildren, Leonora Parks Midgley (Gary Resnick) of Los Alamos, N.M., his grandchildren, Jesse and Jamie Resnick, both of Los Alamos, N.M.

A small family gathering will be held immediately. A celebration of John and Lee's life will be held at a later date when her extended family can gather.

Donations in John's honor may be made to the American Heart Association,  the American Kidney Fund, or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank all the caregivers who helped John in his later years, especially, Drs. Matthew Fay, Carolyn Linnebur and Margo Baldwin; the nursing and support staff at LARC (Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge) and all the friends who offered their support.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from 5/12/2009 - 5/13/2009.
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May 12, 2009 


  Our sincerest condolences are extended to Joan and Curt and all their family and friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

"Lead, Kindly Light" midi (MIDI sequence copyright © 2002 Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of http://junior.apk.net/~bmames/ht0320_.htm - 12/20/04

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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