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John W. Habuda Jr., a World War II veteran who served in Indochina, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) in Niagara Lutheran Home after a brief illness. He was 79.

Known as "Hobbs," he was a lifelong resident of North Tonawanda.

During World War II, he was a radio operator in Company B, 558th Signal Air Warning Battalion, participating in the central Burma and India-Burma campaigns.

Habuda worked more than 20 years in the machine shop of Wurlitzer Co.'s plant in North Tonawanda. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and joined his son on annual deer hunting outings until he was well into his 70s.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former V. Dorothy Slowinski of North Tonawanda; a son, Mark of North Tonawanda; three daughters, Doreen Montante of Hudson, Fla., Valerie Treichler of North Tonawanda and Janice Grabowski of Buffalo; two brothers, Stanley of North Tonawanda and Frank of Smyrna, Ga.; and five grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson St., North Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Ascension Catholic Church, 168 Robinson St., North Tonawanda.


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