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Stephen A. Miel, 78, owner and manager of John's Collision, died Thursday (Sept. 28, 2000) in Ridgeview Nursing Home, Buffalo, after a long illness.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, Miel took over his father's collision shop, which was located on Seneca Street in Buffalo, when he was 24. He retired in 1981.

Miel graduated from St. Francis High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Canisius College.

He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and achieved the rank of captain.

He was a member of the South Buffalo Businessman's Association and the American Antique Auto Association of Western New York. He also was a life time member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

Miel was a lifetime season ticket holder for the Buffalo Bills. He enjoyed collecting antique cars, and had as many as 20 cars at one time, ranging from a Model-T to a Rolls Royce. He also enjoyed traveling and boating.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Szwejda; a daughter, Louise E.; a son Paul, a sister, Rose Mary Haas of Virginia; two brothers, Adam Anthony of Pennsylvania and John Chmielowski of Glenwood; and one grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Ambrose Church, 65 Ridgewood Road. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Ray O'Connell Funeral Home, 2286 South Park Ave. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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