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FEB. 1, 1916 -- NOV. 17, 2004

Ignatius "Ike" Siebielec, a former maintenance engineer, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born in Smithton, Pa., he attended local schools, and after high school went to work in the coal mines of Pennsylvania.

During World War II, he served in the Atlantic, European and Pacific theaters with the U.S. Coast Guard, sailing on the USS Walt Whitman, USS Alexander Fraser, USS Nathan Hale, USS Atlantic Coast and USS Stephen Mather.

In 1960, he married the former Veronica Rotenburg-Kosak in Cumberland, Md.

He moved to Niagara Falls after leaving the service, and for more than 18 years he worked as a maintenance engineer at Prestolite Co., retiring in 1977. In 1978, he and his wife retired to Melbourne, Fla. She died in 2000, and he returned to Niagara Falls in 2004 to be closer to his family.

He was an exempt firefighter for Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, and a member of the Melbourne VFW Post. His pastimes included bingo, gardening and spending time with his family.

Survivors include a daughter, Christine Serpa of Niagara Falls; a son, Eugene Kosak of Palm Bay, Fla.; two brothers, John and Joseph, and a sister, Sophie Lutz, all of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 8 p.m. Sunday in Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls.


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