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Arthur Cholewinski, 80, Maryvale teacher, basketball coach

Feb. 13, 1936 – June 25, 2016

Arthur Cholewinski, a retired Maryvale teacher and varsity basketball coach, died June 25 at his Elma home after a brief illness. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cholewinski graduated from St. Francis High School in 1953, where he played basketball, baseball and football. He was a member of the school’s sports hall of fame.

He went on to play basketball at the University of Buffalo and was a member of the 1957 Bulls team that went to the NCAA Tournament. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education there in 1958 and earned a master’s in education at Canisius College in 1969.

Mr. Cholewinski also served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant from 1957 to 1959 and again from 1961 to 1962.

He started teaching in the Maryvale School District in 1960, where he taught math for 35 years, retiring in 1995. Mr. Cholewinski also served as the school’s varsity basketball coach for many years.

In retirement, he was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching his grandsons play hockey and lacrosse and race at Holland Speedway.

He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, the former Jacqueline Kloc; his son, Mark; two daughters, Lynn Pettit and Laura Carlson; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

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