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Thaddeus F. Musial, decorated WWII vet Oct. 1, 1921 -- Feb. 6, 2006

Thaddeus F. Musial of Cheektowaga, who was awarded a Bronze Star as a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, died unexpectedly Monday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 84.

Mr. Musial was born in Buffalo and graduated as valedictorian of his class at Fosdick-Masten Park High School. After the war, he graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in accounting and business administration.

As a member of the Army Air Forces, he was a first sergeant and saw service with the 545th Bombardment Squadron and 384th Bombardment Group.

He was regional sales manager for Curtis-Burns Inc. and was a registered account executive with Charles Plohn and Co.

Mr. Musial was a 55-year member of the Lodge of Ancient Landmarks 441; a director and organizer of Baptist Manor, a 128-unit apartment complex for the low-income elderly; and served as president of the American Baptist Churches of the Niagara Frontier.

He was a member of Cheektowaga Community Baptist Church for 45 years, taught in its Sunday school and organized and served as general chairman of the building committee.

Mr. Musial is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances; three daughters, Susan Marzolf of Cheektowaga, Rochelle Marchionda of Lancaster and Sarah Dziak of Cheektowaga; a son, Gary of Syracuse; three sisters, Adeline Rein and Alfreda Champagne, both of Tampa, Fla., and Polly Frick of Bradenton, Fla.; a brother, Eugene of the Town of Tonawanda; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cheektowaga Baptist Church, 8670 Dick Road, Cheektowaga.


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