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Bernard Zoyhofski, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. employee and Navy veteran, died Monday (Oct. 15, 2001) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. The Williamsville resident was 73.

He was a native of Lackawanna and attended Lackawanna High School, where he played football.

He served in the Navy from 1946 to 1948 and worked at Bethlehem Steel for 38 years. He was chief steward of Local 2603, United Steelworkers of America.

Zoyhofski later worked as a security guard at Our Lady of Victory Hospital and Aurora Park Nursing Home.

He was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in South Buffalo for nearly 40 years and was an altar server at funerals.

He was a member of Bison City Rod & Gun Club, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was also a fisherman, hunter and boater.

His first wife, Dorothy Gasiuk Zoyhofski, died in 1996 after 46 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife of three years, the former Gertrude Diebold; two stepsons, Christopher Crysler and Patrick Crysler, both of Buffalo; a stepdaughter, Sheila Crysler of Lockport; a brother, Robert of Blasdell; and two sisters, Diane Golombek of Buffalo and Joan Matwijkow of Lackawanna.

Prayers were said today y in Colonial Memorial Chapel, Lackawanna, followed 9:30 by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Martin's Church.

Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.


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