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Kalman S. Elek, rail superintendent July 30, 1948 -- Sept. 10, 2005

Kalman S. Elek of Buffalo, a retired superintendent for South Buffalo Railway, died Saturday in his home. He was 57.

A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Mr. Elek was a graduate of Penn State University. He came to Buffalo in the late 1970s to work "for six months," his family said, and never left.

He was promoted to superintendent of South Buffalo Railway in 2000. Previously, he was supervisor of personnel.

After retiring in 2002, he and his wife enjoyed traveling and the outdoors and would pack up their camper and head to the mountains for two to three months of camping and hiking, visiting the Adirondacks, Yosemite, King's Canyon, Big Sur and Death Valley. Last year, they hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and recently traveled to Italy with friends.

Mr. Elek is survived by his wife, the former Deb Brzezicki; his parents, Mary and Kalman A. of Bethlehem; and a sister, Carolyn DeBellis of Pennsylvania.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in James E. Grace Funeral Home, 335 Ontario St.

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