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John S. Szymanski, 92, a lifelong resident of Cheektowaga and a retired railroad inspector, died Wednesday (Sept. 1, 1999) in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness.

He was employed by the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad and continued on when it merged with the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. He worked for the railroad for 45 years and was an inspector when he retired in 1973. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks.

Until he became ill in June, a major part of Szymanski's life revolved around the activities of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church. He was a member of the parish Seniors, Holy Name Society, Bingo, Ushers and Lawn Fete Committee.

He enjoyed gardening and playing pinochle.

His wife of 52 years, Mary Ciambor Szymanski, died in 1992.

Survivors include two sons, Leonard J. of Cheektowaga and Alfred of Orchard Park; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Josaphat's Church, William and Peoria streets, Cheektowaga. Prayers will be said at 9 in Daniel R. Smolarek Funeral Home, 2510 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.


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