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APRIL 19, 1919 -- NOV. 25, 2004

Frank A. Guzenski, a Prudential Insurance Co. agent for many years, died Thursday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 85 and had been ill since September.

Known as "Gus," Mr. Guzenski, a lifelong resident of the Black Rock-Riverside area, graduated from Riverside High School, where he played on its basketball team.

During World War II, he was a member of the Army Air Forces, specializing in radar and serving a tail-gunner in the European Theater.

He retired from Prudential in the early 1980s.

Mr. Guzenski was an active member of Niagara Frontier Post, American Legion. A baseball fan, during the 1950s and '60s, he played, managed and coached in the Legion's baseball league. He also participated in other amateur baseball leagues.

Until becoming ill, he played golf on many courses, favoring the Sheridan Park course, according to a daughter, Marcia Neri of North Tonawanda. He also enjoyed fishing.

He was a member of St. Florian's Catholic Church, its Holy Name Society and Social and Athletic Club. Until recently, he sang in the church choir. He also was a member of the Buffalo Club 49ers, a Riverside-area social club.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Stella Klimczak of Buffalo; another daughter, Marjory Leonarczyk of Grand Island; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in St. Florian's Church. Entombment was in Ascension Mausoleum of Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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