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Aloisius J. Oczek, retired Bethlehem Steel rigger; Feb. 14, 1924 -- June 11, 2012

Aloisius J. Oczek, a retired steelworker, died Sunday in his Williamsville home under hospice care. He was 88.

Born in Lackawanna, he attended Lackawanna High School and served in the Navy as a seaman first class in the European, Mediterranean and Pacific theaters during World War II.

Mr. Oczek worked as a rigger at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna from 1942 until the plant closed in 1985. He was a fourth-degree member of

Father Justin Council, Knights of Columbus; a member of Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion; and a former member of Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus.

After his retirement, Mr.

Oczek served as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Erie County and Friends of the Night People on Buffalo's West Side. He was a former bingo worker at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Lackawanna and at SS. Columba and Brigid Parish in Buffalo.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Charlotte F. Klosko; a daughter, Debra A. Caputi; and a brother, Constantine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.