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Michael E. Gawronski Sr., a skilled pipefitter at a local firm for more than 20 years and a Vietnam veteran, died Thursday (Nov. 19, 1998) in his North Tonawanda home after a long illness. He was 54.

Gawronski was born and raised in Buffalo. During the Vietnam War he served in the U.S. Navy as ship pipefitter on the submarine rescue vessel, USS Petrel. He was employed at what is now Outokumpu American Brass Co. as a pipefitter for 26 years.

He was a member of the United Steelworkers Local 593.

Gawronski was an avid gardener and classic car enthusiast.

Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Martin; a son, Michael Jr. of Nyack; a daughter, Michelle Lattimer of Prattsburgh; his mother, Margaret of Sloan; a brother, Gary, and a sister, Deborah Schnettler, both of Cheektowaga.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, after prayers in the Daniel R. Smolarek Funeral Home, 2510 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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