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Alexander D. Petroski, school bus driver was active in Scouts

Nov. 16, 1935 – Dec. 2, 2015

Alexander D. Petroski, of Cheektowaga, a school bus driver and foster father, died Wednesday in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, from injuries suffered in a fall while he was hunting near Rochester. He was 80.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he came to the Buffalo area in 1959 and had driven buses for local schools for the past 50 years. At the time of his death, he was employed by First Student.

He and his wife were foster parents to 40 children and for the past 25 years have owned and operated Little Treasures Childcare Center on Broadway in Cheektowaga with the assistance of their three daughters.

Active in scouting for 49 years with his sons, all five of whom attained Eagle Scout rank, he took eight groups of Scouts to Philmont, N.M., and participated in numerous other scouting trips across the country.

He was a former Depew volunteer firefighter and a 57-year member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society, a Catholic prayer group. Also a member of the Our Ladies Rosary Makers, he created more than 10,000 rosaries for distribution around the world.

He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Helen Patchcoski; five sons, Alex, Mark, Dan, Matt and Tom; three daughters, Lory Huntington, Amy and Mary Jo Wackenheim; two sisters, Perpetua Poveromo and Bernie Fox; 25 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

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