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Paul Oshirak, an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, died Wednesday (June 27, 2001) in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 80.

A Town of Tonawanda resident for the past 34 years, Oshirak was a native of Breslau, Pa. He had lived in Buffalo for more than 20 years.

He retired in 1977 from General Motors' Tonawanda Engine Plant, capping a 32-year career.

During World War II, Oshirak rose to the rank of staff sergeant and served in the European Theater. He was a member of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion.

He and the former Mary Capraro were married for 57 years.

Survivors also include a daughter, Doreen O. Frahm of Buffalo; a sister, Mary Dutzer of Buffalo; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Amelia's Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 8:30 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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