Edward J. Madej, 82, of North Tonawanda, a World War II veteran and retired chemical worker, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 2000) in Crestwood Health Care Center, Wheatfield, after a long illness. He had been a patient there since last May.
Madej was born in Niagara Falls and earned a millwright's diploma from Trott Vocational High School.
During World War II, Madej served in the Philippines with the U.S. Army's 3222nd Ordnance Company. He was in the service from May 1942 until January 1946. He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, both with one bronze star.
Madej worked 26 years as a chemical operator at the Niagara Falls plant of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., retiring in 1977.
He moved to North Tonawanda in 1959. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Madej was a member of the Du Pont 25-Year Club and Portage Post 1465, American Legion, Niagara Falls.
He was proud of his large vegetable garden, whose produce was eagerly awaited every year by his friends and relatives.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Mary Kok; a son, Richard E. of North Tonawanda; two daughters, Barbara A. MacDonald of Lincoln, Calif., and Marjorie L. of Rochester; three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1419 Falls St., Niagara Falls, after prayers at 9 in Labuda Funeral Home, 356 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.