Edward A. "Corn" Kurzanski, 83, a butcher who was known throughout the area for his Polish sausage, died Wednesday (June 27, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a series of lingering illnesses.
Also known as "Eddie," Kurzanski operated his butcher shop and grocery store at 601 Fulton St. in the Valley-Old First Ward neighborhood of South Buffalo from 1947 until his hospitalization in December. During that time, it was estimated that he made by hand more than 70 tons of his sought-after kielbasa. His late father, Anthony, started the business in 1917.
Kurzanski was born in Buffalo and graduated from Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul School and Hutchinson-Central High School.
He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 and graduated first in his class at Storekeeper School at Sampson Naval Base. He was assigned to the Naval Supply Depot at Camp Peary, Va., where he achieved the rank of storekeeper second class.
Kurzanski, who had his family living quarters over the store, also was known as a storyteller and for his sense of humor. Friends said he managed to compete with area supermarkets because of the quality of his sausage and other meats and the service provided to customers by his staff -- his wife, brothers, sisters and children.
Customers who moved from the Buffalo area sent orders for his meats during Christmas and Easter holidays.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Sophie Smietana; two daughters, Jacqueline Lesniewski of Reading, Pa., and Karen Haaland of the Town of Tonawanda; three sons, Edward of Leesburg, Va., Paul of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Jan of Cheektowaga; two sisters, Mildred Kowalski of Buffalo and Phyllis Gorski of Florida; a brother, Anthony of Buffalo; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:45 Saturday in Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Clinton and Smith streets. Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Pietszak Funeral Home, 806 Clinton St. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.