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JEREMY D. PIONTKOWSKI, 15, STRUCK BY CAR

A funeral for Jeremy D. Piontkowski, 15, who was killed Sunday evening (Dec. 21, 1997) while crossing McKinley Parkway in the Town of Hamburg, will be held Wednesday.

The Lackawanna youth ran in front of a stopped bus at McKinley, near Milestrip Road, and was struck by a car, according to Hamburg police, who did not charge the driver.

Born in Buffalo, Jeremy was a sophomore at West Seneca West High School and attended Annunciation, Windom and Allendale elementary schools.

He was an avid basketball player, both at school and at home with relatives, including his grandparents.

Jeremy played roller hockey with an Orchard Park league. He was a member of a 1995 championship team and also played Monday nights at Spinner's Family Skate Center in West Seneca.

Survivors include his parents, Kristen Szopinski of Lackawanna and Ronald Piontkowski of Attica; a brother, Shaun; two sisters, Haley and Ashley; his stepfather, Allen Szopinski of Lackawanna; his stepmother, Ellen Piontkowski of Attica; three stepbrothers, David, Allen Jr. and Thomas Szopinski; two stepsisters, Elizabeth and Sarah Szopinski; and his grandparents, Charles and Emma Heberlein of Lancaster, Mary Piontkowski of Lancaster, Valentine and Gloria Szopinski of Orchard Park and Ken and Lucy Burzynski of Alden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Annunciation Catholic Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, 7540 Clinton St., Elma. Entombment will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.

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