Zigmund "Chickie" Cichowicz, a retired railroad worker and World War II veteran, died last Sunday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cichowicz served in the Army as a staff sergeant. He was based in Germany from 1944 to 1946 and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Mr. Cichowicz owned a Buffalo tavern before working as a trainman for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, New York Central Railroad, Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and Conrail. He also worked as a meter repairman for the Erie County Water Authority. He retired from Conrail about 20 years ago.
In his retirement, Mr. Cichowicz volunteered at the Cheektowaga Senior Citizens Center and helped residents with their income taxes. He lived in Amberleigh Retirement Community in Amherst.
A member of Mensa and Pvt. Leonard Post Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, he enjoyed his garden, the Buffalo Bills and lunches with friends from his days as a student at Seneca Vocational High School and his career in railroading. He also enjoyed playing dominoes with his sisters.
His wife of 60 years, Florence Siudzinski Cichowicz, died in 2002.
Survivors include a son, Ken of Upper Strasburg, Pa.; two daughters, Joan Siegel of Buffalo and Judy; two sisters, Jenny Leonarczyk and Dorothy Michalski, both of Lancaster; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Cichowicz's body was donated to the University at Buffalo Medical School. A celebration of his life will be scheduled.