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MATTHEW G. FICNER, WORLD WAR II VETERAN
AUG. 11, 1922 -- MARCH 31, 2005

Matthew G. Ficner, a retired meat cutter, market manager and car salesman, died Thursday in his Niagara Falls home while under the care of Niagara Hospice. He was 82.

Mr. Ficner was born in Niagara Falls, attended Holy Trinity School and was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School.

He served in the Army as a ward master in the 136th Evacuation Hospital in Europe during World War II, achieving the rank of technician fourth grade.

Mr. Ficner worked as a meat cutter and manager for 20 years at the family-owned Ficner's Fairway Market. He then became a salesman for Ford, working for several dealerships. He retired from DeLacey Ford in Elma in 1987.

He was a member of Portage Post 1465, American Legion, the Echo Society, Woodmen of the World Lodge 211 and a member and officer of the former Eastside Businessmen's Association.

Mr. Ficner also was a member of Brauer's Aviators and a founding member of the American Air Museum in Great Britain. He also was a member of the Sunday Flyers and the Balsa Dusters.

He built and flew radio-controlled model airplanes and enjoyed reading military and Polish history books.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Frances Krupa of Niagara Falls; a daughter, Pauline "Penny" Wilson of Cleveland; a son, William of Mobile, Ala.; a sister, Theresa Andrzejczyk of Niagara Falls; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1419 Falls St., with prayers at 9:15 in Labuda Funeral Home, 356 Portage Road. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.

[Kowalik].

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