Bruno P. "Duke" Maj, a retired union carpenter, died Tuesday (May 20, 2003) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 77.
Maj was born in Niagara Falls and attended Our Lady of the Rosary School and Niagara Falls High School.
He served in the Army from 1944 to 1946. He was a technician fifth grade with the 69th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He received the Bronze Star and other medals.
After his discharge, he attended Trott Vocational High School to learn the carpentry trade.
He was a member of Carpenters Local 280 and worked for Walter Johnson Construction for 25 years. He later worked for various contractors and retired in 1988. He was also proud that he built his own home.
Maj was an usher at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, a life member of the Echo Society and a member of the Paradise Fishing Club, the Ravens Social Club, the 69th Infantry Division Association and Portage Post 1465, American Legion, where he had been involved in its annual Memorial Day service.
He enjoyed fishing, boating, woodworking and playing cards. He was also an accomplished polka dancer and in the 1960s appeared with his wife on the weekly "Pick-A-Polka Show," where they had been runners-up in the dance contest.
Maj is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Rose Jakubow-ski; a son, John of Lewiston; two daughters, Linda Jeckovich of Wheatfield and Diane Breen of Lockport; a brother, Edward of North Carolina; a sister, Josephine Geschwender of Ocala, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted by Portage Post at 7:30 p.m. today in Labuda Funeral Home, 356 Portage Road.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 339 22nd St., after prayers at 9:15 in the funeral home. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.