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Leonard M. Furmanek Feb. 2, 1934 -- Sept. 13, 2005

Leonard M. Furmanek of Cheektowaga, a retired meat cutter, died unexpectedly Tuesday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga. He was 71.

Born and raised in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School and a Cheektowaga resident for the past 50 years.

Mr. Furmanek worked as a meat cutter at Bells IGA, then at Jubilee Foods in Cheektowaga before retiring about six years ago. For many years, he also worked as a paddock judge at Buffalo Raceway.

He was past president of the Professional and Businessmen's Association, a committeeman for the Cheektowaga Republican Party and a member of Bridgewater Country Club. An outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, Mr. Furmanek loved to dress up as Uncle Sam and march in parades.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Frances Russo; a daughter, Corinne O'Rawe of Cheektowaga; a son, Leonard of Rio Rancho, N.M.; a sister, Rosemarie Ross of Cheektowaga; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Gaulbert Catholic Church, 83 Gaulbert St., Cheektowaga. Burial will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Lancaster.

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