A Mass of Christian Burial for Arthur J. Zakrzewski, 62, a city worker who as a member of the old County Board of Supervisors championed the proposed construction of a downtown football stadium, was offered today in St. Adalbert's Basilica.
Zakrzewski, a resident of Lancaster, died Saturday (Jan. 27, 1990) in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.
Born in Buffalo, he went to St. Adalbert's School and Emerson Vocational High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps. He served in Hawaii and the South Pacific from 1945 to 1948.
As 9th Ward county supervisor from 1965 to 1967, he was an early proponent of a downtown stadium to accommodate the Buffalo Bills.
The idea was rejected by the board's successor, the Erie County Legislature, which first voted to build a domed stadium in Lancaster but finally decided on a less expensive open-air facility in Orchard Park -- Rich Stadium, which opened in 1973.
From 1967 until his death, Zakrzewski was a carpenter in the city Building Division. He was a past official of the Hank Nowak Little League and a member of AMVETS Post 45.
Surviving are his wife, Lorraine Staszczyk Zakrzewski; four sons, Gary, David, James and Randall; a sister, Helen Szefel; two brothers, Bronislaus and Edward, and five grandchildren.