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MAY 24, 1924 -- NOV. 4, 2004

A Mass of Christian Burial for Chester S. Zukowski of Elma, a prisoner of war during World War II, will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Crocker and Rieman streets, Sloan. Burial will be private.

Mr. Zukowski died last Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after an illness. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School and attended Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in conjunction with enlisting in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Stationed with the 15th Air Force, 450th Bomber Group, Mr. Zukowski was shot down over Brod, Yugoslavia, and spent nearly a year as a prisoner of war in three German camps. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

After the war, he studied at the University of Buffalo, where he was awarded a degree in electronics and electrical engineering.

Mr. Zukowski worked for Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, in the wind tunnel, and Wurlitzer Co. He also had a career as a real estate broker and appraiser and later owned several self-service laundries in the Buffalo area.

He was a founding member of the Coin Laundry Association and served as president of Independent Fee Appraisers.

Mr. Zukowski was commander of a Depew group of former prisoners of war and was a 50-year member of Adam Plewacki Post 799, American Legion. He spent the past few years on the lecture circuit, talking about life as a World War II veteran and POW.

Survivors include his wife, the former Ruth Witkowski of Elma; a son, John of Elma; a sister, Helen Kielbasa of the Town of Tonawanda; and a grandson.


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