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STANLEY F. SIKORA DIES AT 65; WAS FOUR-TERM TRUSTEE IN SLOAN

Stanley F. Sikora, 65, of Sloan, a Democratic committeeman who served four terms as a village trustee, died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) in his home after a brief illness.

He was a trustee from 1983 to 1999 and also represented Sloan in the Northeast/Southtowns recycling group. He also was second vice president of the Village Officials Association.

Sikora retired in 1992 as a quality assurance inspector at Ford Motor Co.'s Woodlawn Stamping Plant in Hamburg, where he worked for 39 years. He was a member of Local 897, United Auto Workers.

Active in the community, he was instrumental in the restoration of the original bell at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Sloan for the nation's bicentennial celebration in 1976. He also helped to re-establish Boy Scout Troop 546 and to organize Sloan Taxpayers Oppose Pollution.

Sikora attended St. Stanislaus School and studied carpentry at Emerson Vocational High School.

He was a former secretary of St. Andrew's Holy Name Society and a member of the first group of Eucharistic ministers to be commissioned from the parish.

In retirement, he volunteered in the pastoral care department at Buffalo General Hospital, distributing the Eucharist to patients.

After joining St. Agnes Parish in 1995, Sikora visited homebound parishioners, became a church cleaner and was elected to the Parish Council. He also was a member of the Legion of Mary.

In October, he and his wife -- who had traveled across the country in recent years -- celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary by taking an Alaskan cruise and visiting the Yukon.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Kantowski; six daughters, Kathleen Hoelzl of Evans, Doreen Notaro of Amherst, Diane Piontkowski of Cheektowaga, Beverly of West Seneca, Marie Lauer of Midlothian, Va., and Michele Kolasny of Delevan; three sons, Lawrence of Cheektowaga, Mark of Akron and Michael of Sloan; five brothers, Robert of Lockport, Norman of Hamburg, Terence of Cheektowaga, James of West Seneca and Thomas of Alden; and 13 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in St. Agnes Catholic Church, 194Ludington St., after prayers at 8:45 in Daniel R. Smolarek Funeral Home, 2047 Broadway, Sloan. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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