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JUNE 1, 1918 -- NOV. 16, 2004

Edward Kremblas of Las Vegas, a former Republic Steel supervisor, World War II veteran and longtime Buffalonian, died Nov. 16 in hospice in Las Vegas after a brief illness. He was 86.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Kremblas went to work for Republic Steel before joining the Army during World War II. He served in Europe and received the Purple Heart in 1944.

After the war, he returned to Republic Steel, where he worked for 44 years. He was a general foreman upon his retirement in 1980.

In his younger days, Mr. Kremblas was well known as a pitcher on several championship softball teams in the city. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

His first wife, the former Felicia Opala, died in 1980.

Survivors include his second wife of 18 years, the former Catherine Kortash; four sons, Edward Jr., Gerald and Roger, all of Buffalo, and Bradley of Coral Springs, Fla.; a stepson, Michael Kortash of Buffalo; two daughters, Judy Breeden and Linda Galley and a stepdaughter, Kathyann Pastuszynski, all of Buffalo; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Private services were held in Las Vegas and Buffalo.


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