Theodore M. Wierzbic of Troutville, Va., longtime head of the union that represented workers at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Cheektowaga, died Friday in Friendship Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center, Roanoke, Va., after a brief illness. He was 88.
A native of Lackawanna, he graduated from Holland Central High School.
During World War II, he served stateside in the Army Air Forces and attended college in Missouri.
Mr. Wierzbic started working at Westinghouse after the war. He was president of Local 1581, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, from 1949 to 1950 and from 1951 to 1971. At the plant's peak employment in the early 1960s, the union had nearly 6,000 members.
From 1971 until retiring in 1983, he served as a top official and chief national negotiator of the union's Westinghouse Conference Board in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Wierzbic was active in many civic, political and charitable organizations in Depew, Lancaster and throughout Erie and Niagara counties.
He and his wife, the former Genevieve Borowski, moved to Virginia in 1977.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, survivors include four sons, Theodore G. of Roanoke, Michael of Ellicott City, Md., Kenneth of Manchester, Md., and Mark of Troutville, Va.; a daughter, Janice Newell of
Maple Valley, Wash.; a sister, Caroline Wahl of Orchard Park; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be in Roanoke.