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JOSEPH J. LOEFFLER JR., VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER

A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph J. Loeffler Jr., 77, a longtime Cheektowaga volunteer firefighter and General Motors employee, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 2313 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, following prayers at 9 in the Urban Funeral Home, 3645 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Loeffler died Tuesday (Jan. 23, 1990) in Sisters Hospital after a short illness.

He lived all his life in Cheektowaga and attended Cheektowaga schools, graduating from Cheektowaga Central High School in 1929.

Loeffler was a plant protection fireman at the General Motors plant on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda for 43 years, retiring in 1976.

He was also a past assistant chief, captain and lieutenant of the Pine Hill Fire Department and served in the department for more than 45 years.

He was a member of the Pine Hill Exempt Firemen Organization, the Cheektowaga Exempt Volunteer Firemen Association, Cheektowaga Central Council of Volunteer Firemen, Erie County Volunteer Firemen Association, a retired member of United Auto Workers Local 774 and was active with the Chevrolet Retirees Bowling League.

Loeffler was a lifetime member of Most Holy Redeemer Church, where he was an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society, and a member of the Catholic Kolping Society of Buffalo.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marie Wiesenberger; two daughters, Margaret Ruff of West Seneca and Marian Wischerath of Cheektowaga; two stepdaughters, Barbara Heckmann of Kenmore and Catherine Radcliffe of Albany; a stepson, Karl Dirschedl, and seven grandchildren.

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