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Julius S. Molnar, 78, of Amherst, a retired Ford Motor Co. superintendent and World War II veteran, died Thursday (Sept. 9, 1999) in Millard Filmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 78.

A native of Buffalo, Molnar joined the Civilian Conservation Corp after graduating from McKinley High School in 1939. He then enlisted in the Navy and served as a gunner's mate aboard PT-184, 11th Squadron, in the South Pacific. He served four years on night patrol, navigating the many channels of the Mariana Islands.

After marrying the former Frances Draus of New Haven Conn., he moved to the Town of Tonawanda.

In 1950, he went to work for Ford as a machine repairman. Eventually he became plant engineering superintendent, a position he held until his medical retirement in 1980.

In August 1998, he helped organize and prepare for the 34th National PT Boat reunion at Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park.

Molnar was a member of the St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Amherst, its Holy Name Society and Young at Heart Social Club. He also was a member of American Legion Post 622.

He enjoyed bowling and golfing.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Frances T. Draus; two sons, Robert of Orchard Park, and Ronald of East Amherst; a daughter, Barbara Kalec of East Amherst; a sister, Margaret Gwizdowski of Florida; a brother, Steve; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweethome Road, Amherst. Prayers will be said at 9 in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Snyder. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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