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Stanley R. Bochinski, Allstate Insurance agent; Jan. 4, 1938 -- March 31, 2012

Stanley R. Bochinski, a former Allstate Insurance agent and a Master cribbage player and teacher, died Saturday in DeGraff Skilled Nursing Facility, North Tonawanda. He was 74.

Born in Simpson, Pa., he studied at Pennsylvania State University. He moved to Western New York in the early 1960s and lived in the Tonawandas for most of the last 50 years.

Mr. Bochinski worked as an insurance agent from the mid-1960s until his retirement in 1997.

He was an active member and judge for the American Cribbage Congress, as well as a Master cribbage player and teacher.

As a judge, he arbitrated disputes during the card games, traveled across the country to play cribbage and was a regular in the Cribbage Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., during the 1990s. He was among players to get a "28 hand," which is rare in the game.

He was an avid fisherman, golfer and reader.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Shirley Widmaier; two sons, Steven and Scott; a brother, Martin; and a sister, Margaret.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, where a memorial service will follow.

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