A Mass of Christian Burial for Edwin A. Wojtan, a retired inspector for the Erie County Health Department, was offered Saturday in Mother of Divine Grace Catholic Church, Cheektowaga.
Wojtan died last Monday (Sept. 6, 1999) at his home in Cheektowaga after a long illness. He was 75.
A Buffalo native, he grew up on the city's East Side, where he attended St. Luke's Catholic Church and graduated from Kensington High School in 1941.
Wojtan served three years in the Army during World War II. In 1948, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Canisius College.
In 1952, he began work as a public health sanitarian with the county Health Department, spending much of his career conducting field inspections at restaurants. He retired in 1987.
An avid reader, he enjoyed non-fiction books, particularly those chronicling the history and downfall of organized crime. Wojtan also enjoyed reading classic literature and the works of American fiction writer Jack London. As a young man, he often wrote letters to well-regarded authors, commenting on their works. He was proud of a response he had received from author James T. Farrell to a review he had sent him.
Wojtan also enjoyed traveling, particularly trips he had taken to Florida, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. On his trips West, he was able to learn about the legend and lore of the American cowboy and the various Native American cultures. He also was buoyed by a trip to Poland, the birthplace of his parents.
A devout Catholic, he had been an active parishioner at Mother of Divine Grace Catholic Church, Cheektowaga, for the past 35 years. Until his recent illness, he had never missed a weekly Mass.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Delphine Marie Madej; two sons, Gary J. of Orchard Park and Thomas E. of Kenmore; a sister, Esther of West Seneca and Enfield, Conn.; and two grandchildren.
He was buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.