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Sgt. Steven C. Ganczewski, 22, Army Ranger killed in combat
April 7, 1985 -- Nov. 16, 2007

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sgt. Steven C. Ganczewski, an Army Ranger killed in Iraq, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, 2437 Niagara St.

Sgt. Ganczewski died Friday during combat operations in Balad, Iraq. He was the 32nd service member from Western New York to die in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was 22.

Born in Albuquerque, N.M., he came to Niagara Falls with his family in 1987. He was a 2003 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, where he was a member of the wrestling, cross-country and football teams.

While attending school, he was a member of the First Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Before enlisting in the Army, he worked at the Como Restaurant.

A member of the Third Ranger Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, Ga., at the time of his death, he was serving his fifth tour of duty in war zones, four in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Meritorious Service Medal posthumously.

He and his wife, the former Rachel N. Robydek, were married in October 2006 and had just purchased a home in Columbus, Ga.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Makayla; his parents, Mark J. and Maria C.; a brother, Christopher D.; and three grandparents, Nilo and Ofelia DelMar and Kathleen Ganczewski.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road.


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