Otto Jelonek, of Dunkirk, died Monday in Brooks Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was 86.
The Dunkirk native served with the Marine Corps in World War II in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of technical sergeant.
He retired as a steelworker at Allegheny-Ludlum Steel Corp.
He was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and a life member of the First Ward Falcon Club.
His interests included playing cards, gardening and watching the Buffalo Bills. A softball and baseball player, he played in the city leagues for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Jane Ostrye; four sons, Peter of Buffalo, William of Dunkirk, Nicholas of Cohoes and Paul of Geneva, Ill.; three daughters, Kathryn Chmura of West Henrietta, Ann Kern of Houston and Mary Rita "Molly" of Dunkirk; three sisters, Mary Knapik, Delphine Przybycien and Henrietta, all of Rochester; a brother, Frederick of Sebring, Fla., 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Ave. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.