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Arthur Chmielewski, 74, of Angola, owner of a roofing and siding business in Angola, died Thursday (Sept. 27, 2001) in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, following a short illness.

A native of Buffalo, Chmielewski worked in the family-owned Chmielewski Bakery through his early adulthood.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and from 1945 to 1948 was stationed in Berlin, where he served as supervisor for camp food operations.

After he returned to the United States, he was a Pepsi-Cola distributor in Buffalo before beginning his own roofing and siding business in Angola, which he ran for 25 years. After his retirement 10 years ago, he was employed by the New York State Thruway Authority as a toll collector until the time of his illness and death.

He was a lifetime member of Post 5798, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Angola and a 30-year member of the Lake Erie Beach Volunteer Fire Company, where he served as fire chief for several years.

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, card-playing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Cooper; three sons, Arthur "Butch" of Houston, Barry of Kissimmee, Fla., and Aaron Buczkowski of Miamisburg, Ohio; four daughters, Rebecca Mittner of Astoria, Ore., Rachel Cooper of Amherst, Abby Lumley of South Haven and Amanda Eppolito of North Collins; and five grandchildren.

He was also married to the late Mary Jane Chmielewski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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