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DIED NOV. 20, 2004

A Mass of Christian Burial for Edward T. Soldaczewski, a retired pressman and a veteran of World War II, was offered today in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church after prayers in Melvin J. Sliwinski Funeral Home, Cheektowaga.

Entombment was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Soldaczewski, known to family and friends as "Gumba," died Saturday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, after being stricken in his Cheektowaga home. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he attended McKinley High School. During the war, he was a sergeant in the 765th Army Air Forces Base Unit, where he repaired encoding and decoding devices used in radio Teletype systems. He spent 15 months in Greenland working to decode cryptographic messages.

Mr. Soldaczewski worked for J.W. Clement, now Quebecor, from 1950 until he retired in 1985. He enjoyed bowling.

He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Alice Rydzynski; a daughter, Diane Romanowski of Cheektowaga; a son, Edward D. of Cheektowaga; a brother, Joseph Sanders of San Jose, Calif.; and two grandchildren.


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