A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday in St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Elma, for Stanley A. Sluberski, 49, a radio broadcaster and host of polka music shows here for many years. Interment was in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.
Sluberski died Sunday (Oct. 12, 1997) in his Buffalo home.
He was host of "Polka Sunday With Friends" on WBFO-FM from 1978 to 1992 and polka shows on Saturdays and Sundays on WHLD in the mid-1980s. He also was substitute host of jazz shows.
For three years in the mid-1980s, he sought out Solidarity leader Lech Walesa in Poland by phone and broadcast Walesa's holiday greetings in Polish for his WBFO listeners.
Sluberski broadcast mostly in English and frequently interviewed leading polka musicians. In return, one group, the Dynatones, invited him to introduce the band on its live album, "Live Wire."
"Stan Sluberski loved radio," said WBFO's Mark Wozniak, his co-host for several years. "He and I would spend many hours chatting about various aspects of the radio business. I especially enjoyed his infectious laugh, and I always tried to break him up on the air . . . just so our listeners could hear him laugh."
"Stan was a consummate professional in his radio presentation, though," Wozniak added, "and he really enjoyed doing special broadcasts, including trans-Atlantic phone calls to Lech Walesa in Poland at Christmastime, in the days when the Communists still ran the country."
A tireless supporter of polka music, Sluberski also was active in promoting Polish culture and heritage.
Born in Elma, he was a 1965 graduate of Iroquois Central High School and attended the University of Detroit. He got his first on-air experience as a jazz announcer on WDEC-FM in Detroit and later worked for WBUZ in Fredonia.
He worked for many years as an office clerk for Conrail, leaving in 1992 to become a partner in Margo's, a tavern and restaurant on Gibson Street in the heart of Buffalo's old Polonia neighborhood in the Broadway-Fillmore area.
Surviving are his parents, Stanley and Stella of Elma; two brothers, Thaddeus "Ted" and Joseph, both of Elma; and a sister, Sophie "Sue" Osika of Elma.