July 9, 1926 – April 1, 2014
Konstanty Casimer Witczak, 87, of Cheektowaga, a World War II veteran and retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. employee and union official, died Tuesday in his niece’s Buffalo home.
Mr. Witczak, who went by “K.C.” was born in Buffalo and attended local schools. He served in the Army in 1945 and 1946 as a supply sergeant and was stationed in the Philippines.
He worked for Westinghouse at its former Cheektowaga plant for about 40 years as a machine operator, and served as president of Local 1581 of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, or IUE.
Mr. Witczak was a member of the Adam Plewacki Post 799, American Legion, and of Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was an active volunteer with Holy Mother of Rosary Cathedral, where he helped out at parish fish fries, served as president of the senior citizens and drove senior choir singers to and from practice and Mass.
Mr. Witczak also was a member of the Polish American Congress, Polish Cultural Foundation and American Center of Polish Culture.
Last June, Mr. Witczak and his brother, Stanley T., a World War II Navy veteran, traveled to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial through Honor Flight’s “Their Last Chance” program, available to veterans with a terminal illness. The brothers had cancer, said Mr. Witczak’s niece, Aimee Chevier, who, with her husband, Paul, accompanied the men on the trip.
“They were overwhelmed by the welcoming of people coming up and shaking hands and giving them hugs and taking pictures,” she said. “They kind of felt like rock stars.”
Mr. Witczak’s first wife, the former Eleanor Smoszna, died in 1971. His second wife, the former Hazel Van Natter, also predeceased him.
In addition to his brother, survivors include two sisters, Dorothy Rieman and Margaret Tokarczyk.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Cheektowaga.