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THOMAS E. SLISZ, YOUTH SPORTS COACH, VIETNAM VET

Thomas E. Slisz, a long-time Cheektowaga resident who was active in coaching and directing youth sports teams, died Monday (Dec. 22, 1997) in Veterans Hospital after a short illness.

Slisz, 53, was born in Buffalo, but spent most of his life in the Cheektowaga area. He was a graduate of the former Sloan High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Slisz devoted 27 years to coaching and managing baseball and basketball teams. He was one of the pioneers of the Cheektowaga Southside Little League and served on the league's board of directors. He had coached teams in the Erie County Quad County League.

An employee of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad for 10 years, Slisz was forced to retire after an injury in 1975. For the last few years, he drove a van for the Town of Cheektowaga Senior Citizens.

Surviving are his wife , the former Linda Altemoos; two sons, Scott and Timothy, both of Cheektowaga; a daughter, Denise Isbrant; his mother, Bertha of Sloan; a sister, Delphine Kosmider of Sloan; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Josaphat Catholic Church, William and Peoria streets in Cheektowaga, following prayers at 9 in Daniel R. Smolarek Funeral Home, 2510 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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