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Frank J. Pierowicz, 98, decorated WWII veteran

June 5, 1915 – Jan. 12, 2014

Frank J. Pierowicz, who was awarded a Silver Star for his service with the U.S. Navy during World War II, died Sunday at his home in Depew. He was 98.

A lifelong resident of Western New York, Mr. Pierowicz was an alumnus of Transfiguration Catholic School, Burgard Vocational High School and the University of Minnesota.

During World War II, he attained the rank of chief petty officer and was a shipboard electrician in the Pacific Theater. He was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity for his actions in combat.

Following his military service, he worked as an electrician-leadman for Chevrolet at its East Delavan assembly plant. He retired in 1983 after 38 years.

Mr. Pierowicz was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church and a member of its Holy Name Society.

He also was a member of Adam Plewacki Post 799, American Legion, and the Corpus Christi Athletic Club.

His wife, Mary Orzechowski Pierowicz, died in 2009.

Mr. Pierowicz is survived by a daughter, Diane Petryk; a son, David J.; two sisters, Dorothy D’Agostino and Teresa Sliwinski; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Friday in St. John Gualbert Catholic Church, 83 Gualbert St., Cheektowaga.

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