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Joseph E. Kukulka, 84, formerly of Falls Street, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, died Tuesday (Jan. 26, 1999) in Riverwood Health Care Center, Grand Island.

A native of Niagara Falls, Kukulka was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with three stars for his service in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of Portage Post 1465, American Legion.

He worked at the former Vanadium plant for 20 years until 1958, then worked on construction of the Niagara Power Project. He also worked in maintenance at Niagara University and then worked for the Electric City paper mill in North Tonawanda. He then worked in maintenance at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls for 15 years until he retired in 1980.

Kukulka was a member of the Holy Name Society of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and he participated in the Mission Renewal at Holy Trinity.

He was an avid fisherman.

His wife, Frances Wojcik Kukulka, died last year.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas of East Amherst and Paul of North Tonawanda; three daughters, Monica Abramaitys of Sugarland, Texas, Janet Zahradnik of Longwood, Fla., and Lynn Ficorilli of Grand Island; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Holy Trinity Church, 1419 Falls St., after prayers at 9 in Labuda Funeral Home, 356 Portage Road. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.


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