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Irving W. Grenzebach Jr., town supervisor Aug. 7, 1923 -- Sept. 18, 2005

Irving W. "Skip" Grenzebach Jr. of Clarence, who served for eight years as Clarence town supervisor, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 82.

Mr. Grenzebach, who was a physical education and health teacher in the West Seneca schools from 1955 to 1985, took office as supervisor in 1986 and was re-elected to four two-year terms.

He took pride in maintaining the beauty of the town and keeping taxes low but stirred controversy in 1993 when he ordered the removal of lawn signs on Wehrle Drive protesting the sale of a hazardous-waste company.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Nichols School and earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Buffalo and a master's degree from Buffalo State College. As a private in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he received pilot training.

He received numerous local and state awards, including Citizen of the Year in 1999 from the Clarence Chamber of Commerce. As a boy, he was an Eagle Scout.

Mr. Grenzebach was a member of the Clarence Republican Committee, Kiwanis Club, Millard Fillmore Hospital board of directors and the Clarence Concert Association. A Scottish Rite Mason, he also was a Shriner.

He enjoyed golf, boating, bowling and spending time at his cottage on Rushford Lake.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former JoAnn Bickerton; two sons, Jeffrey and Marc, both of Clarence; a daughter, Kathie Altenburg of Henrietta, Ga.; a sister, Ethel Schleifer of Amherst; and six grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church of Clarence, 9675 Main St. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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