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Joseph A. Szczechowiak, 73, a Korean War veteran who worked for New York Telephone for 40 years, died Thursday (May 15, 2003) at home after a long illness.

Szczechowiak, a Medina native, graduated from Medina High School in 1948. He was class president.

He served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army's 5th Regiment in Korea from January 1951 to October 1952.

In 1948, Szczechowiak began his career with the phone company, which lasted four decades and was all based in the Medina office. He was a switchman.

Szczechowiak was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he served as trustee, usher and a member of the advisory board and the Holy Name Society. He was a former president of the Sacred Heart Club and volunteered at the Medina Association of Churches food pantry.

He also had been president of the board of directors of the United Fund, chairman of the village Zoning Board of Appeals and president of the Medina Historical Society.

Szczechowiak was a member of Butts-Clark Post 204, American Legion, and the New York Telephone Pioneers.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Mary Jane Parada; three daughters, Paula Banazwski of Medina, Linda Restivo of Albion and Sandra Stein of Pennington, N.J.; two sisters, Helen Dubai of Medina and Teresa Menzel of Middleport; a brother, Edward C. Williams of Shelby; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 208 Ann St., preceded by prayers at 9:30 in Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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