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Joshua Mark Birzon, a member of the Air Force Reserve, died Jan. 22, 2000, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 32.

Born in Buffalo, Birzon graduated in 1986 from City Honors High School. He left Buffalo in the early 1990s after receiving a bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo. He then continued studies at Detroit Law School and Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I.

A Denver resident for the last three years, Birzon recently had joined the Air Force Reserve and was attending technical training school at the Vandenberg base. He was studying satellite early-warning surveillance, pending his entry into the Eighth Space Warning Squadron in Denver. He was an airman first class.

He was an accomplished pastry chef and athlete, with a strong interest in literature and the history of the Roman Empire.

His other interests included bodybuilding, skiing, recreational hockey, jogging and biking.

He is survived by his parents, Harriet and Paul Ivan Birzon of Attica; a sister, Aubrey Diane Blanda of Glen Ridge, N.J.; and a brother, David Evan Birzon of Phoenix.

Private services were held Friday. Burial was in Brith Israel Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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