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RICHARD B. WISNIEWSKI SR., DECORATED WAR VETERAN

Richard B. Wisniewski Sr., 75, of Amherst, a decorated World War II veteran, died Thursday (Oct. 9, 1997) in Veterans Hospital.

A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, earning two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

Long active in veterans affairs, he helped establish Western New York's Korean War Memorial and served on the U.S. Committee for the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy in France.

Wisniewski retired from Republic Steel.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Gloria Graessner; a daughter, Roberta O'Mara of West Seneca; three sons, Richard of Williamsville, Mark of Tonawanda and Roger of Amherst; three brothers, Leonard of Baltimore, Ronald of Alexandria, Va., and Donald of Waldorf, Md.; a sister, Barbara Spieres of Gambrills, Md.; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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