Edward T. Greiner, who owned grocery and bowling businesses in Cheektowaga over a span of 40 years, died Friday (Feb. 23, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 89.
He was a Buffalo native who finished the fifth grade at St. Matthew's School on Wyoming Avenue near East Ferry Street and got his first taste of bowling as a pinsetter at the old Genesee Arcade, also on the city's East Side.
He opened his first business, Skyway Food Market at Genesee Street and Dick Road, at the age of 20. He operated the store with his wife, the late Marie Lehner Greiner, for many years.
In 1945, he and Nick Fagyas built the Airport Bowling Center, selling it five years later.
"He was an insatiable bowler in his days at the Airport, often bowling 40 or 50 games a day," said his son, Donald of Cheektowaga. "He was a member of the Wonder Bread Five and several house leagues."
Greiner took an early retirement in the 1950s, traveling with his wife to Florida, California, Mexico and Hawaii.
In 1957, they came out of retirement to build Broadway Sports Center, operating the business with family members until 1972, when they sold it to their son -- and retired a second time.
After that, they traveled and spent winters in the St. Petersburg, Fla., area, where they had a second home.
Greiner also enjoyed golf, fishing, shuffleboard and playing cards, his son said. He was an usher over the years at both Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Cheektowaga and St. John's Catholic Church in St. Petersburg.
Survivors, besides his son, include a daughter, Kathleen Koetzle of Lancaster; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel, Cheektowaga, after prayers in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, Cheektowaga. Entombment was in Our Lady Help of Christians Mausoleum.