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Tadeusz Adam Lesniak was born on October 22, 1956 in Krakow, Poland to Wladyslaw Lesniak and Irena Mielniczuk Lesniak. He grew up and attended school in Krakow, where he also became quite a good soccer player.
As a young man, he grew weary of Poland's communist government and as his own act of rebellion, Adam left his beloved Poland in 1975 to come to the United States. At the age of 19, he came to America with only $5 in his pocket and a strong determination to live the American Dream. When he arrived, he could not speak English, so he quickly began taking English classes, something he took very seriously. Soon, he began helping many other Poles who had recently arrived with things such as how to obtain a driver's license and filling out other important legal documents. His entire life, he has loved this country, including all the wonderful opportunities available. Adam was ecstatic and tremendously proud on January 7, 1986, the day he became a United States citizen. He also loved Texas and everything Texan, including Texas Barbecue. He recently could often be found sitting behind the judges table at many barbecue cook-offs.
On March 8, 1980, Adam married the love of his life, Lidia Janina Lopata in Rabka, Poland. They have made their home in the Houston area for nearly 40 years, where he as a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church.
Adam was proud to also be a Certified Diesel Mechanic. For several years, he worked for Pratt & Whitney, an aerospace and aviation manufacturer, making parts for jet engines. In December, 1989, Adam began his long career at Knust-Godwin, a manufacturer of precision products and machining services for the oil and gas industry, as well as for geophysical/seismic, semiconductor, aerospace and medical industries. Adam loved this job. He loved the company and the people he worked with. His loyalty and dedication to Knust-Godwin spanned 32 years.
Being a mechanic, he truly did love working on cars. He strongly believed in being in service to other and frequently helped friends with their cars or other things needing repair. He was quite talented in fixing just about anything mechanical.
After reading the novels about all the travels of Captain Nemo, Adam developed a passion for traveling. He traveled all over the world in a quest to see new places. He loved taking driving excursions for the pleasure of adventure and discovery. One of his favorite places was Hawaii, second only to Texas. Adam also loved being outdoors, water skiing, boating, camping and playing soccer.
Above all else, Adam loved his family. His love was unconditional and never wavering. He was so very proud of his children, Gregory and Amelia, for finishing their education and for all of their achievements in life. He was also proud of his wife, Lidia, for returning to school to obtain her degree. He selflessly worked many long hours to help each of them through school. Adam was an honorable, salt of the earth kind of man. At times he could be quite stubborn, but mostly he was pretty carefree and fun to be around. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather - a one of a kind.
Tadeusz Adam Lesniak peacefully passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at his home in Houston, Texas at the age of 65 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Lidia Lesniak of Houston; his children, Gregory Adam Lesniak of Houston and Amelia "Amy" Lesniak and her husband Brandon Jones of Anderson, Texas; his beloved grandchildren, Elliott and Declan; and numerous other loving family members and many friends.
Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, in Houston, with Rev. Tadeusz Rusnak, Celebrant. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Smetana Cemetery, in Bryan, Texas, with Rev. Tadeusz Rusnak officiating. A reception will follow at the home of Amelia & Brandon.
To express condolences, please visit www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net
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