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Roman F. Sabuda, a retired Bethlehem Steel Co. millwright, a longtime breeder of racing pigeons, and World War II Army veteran, died Wednesday (Nov. 24, 1997) at home after a long-time battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

A lifelong Lackawanna resident, Sabuda attended St. Michael's Elementary School and Lackawanna High School. He was drafted into the Army during World War II and served with an anti-aircraft battalion in England, France and Germany.

Returing from the military, Sabuda rejoined Bethlehem Steel Co. and had 42 years of employment behind him when he retired in 1976. "My husband raised racing pigeons and at one time had hundreds of them," said his wife, the former Rose Kurgan. "He would put some in 100-mile and 500-mile races. He won trophies and diplomas from the Buffalo Racing Pigeon Association."

"My father also enjoyed gardening and loved to fish with his sons," said his daughter, Bonnie Corsi, of Bradenton, Fla.

Beside his wife and daughter, Sabuda is survived by three sons, Alfred of Sardinia, Dennis of Blasdell, and Eugene of West Seneca; a brother, Francis Sabuda of Lackawanna; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Michael the Archangel Church, Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.


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