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Jason J. Pieczonka, attorney, Buffalo native; June 20, 1982 -- June 19, 2012

Jason J. Pieczonka, a Buffalo native and an attorney, died Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla., following a long illness. He was 29.

Mr. Pieczonka graduated from St. Francis High School and earned bachelor's degrees in political science and economics from Case Western University, Cleveland, graduating magna cum laude.

He earned an MBA from St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Fla., and in 2007 graduated from its Law School.

Since 2007, Mr. Pieczonka worked as an attorney for the Conroy and Simberg law firm in Fort Myers.

Mr. Pieczonka was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at age 14, his family said. Recently, he was placed on dialysis. A friend, Troy Hoffman of Fort Myers, donated a kidney to Mr. Pieczonka, who underwent transplant surgery on May 23. However, he died of medical complications.

Mr. Pieczonka volunteered for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. He also was president of Business Law Society and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

Survivors include his mother, Carol; grandfather, James; and a sister, Dr. Sheila.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

[D/WILLIAMS]