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Jack N. Mazurkiewicz, design draftsman Oct. 12, 1935 -- Sept. 24, 2005

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jack N. Mazurkiewicz, a design draftsman, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga, after prayers at 9 in Melvin J. Sliwinski Funeral Home, 85 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Entombment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Mazurkiewicz died unexpectedly Saturday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga. He was 69.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Technical High School and served in the Army and Army Reserve from 1955 to 1963. The Cheektowaga resident worked for Acres International in Amherst for 24 years before retiring in 1997.

A sports enthusiast, he played basketball in high school, in the Army in Germany and later in various Buffalo-area amateur leagues. He participated more recently in the Senior Olympics and Senior Empire State Games.

Mr. Mazurkiewicz also coached Little League baseball, softball and football, Catholic Youth Organization basketball and girls junior varsity basketball at Lackawanna High School. He conducted basketball clinics for the St. Barnabas Athletic Association and Northeast YMCA.

A member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church, he was active in its seniors group and baseball, softball and basketball programs.

He was a 15-year member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.

Surviving are his wife, the former Lorraine T. Nochajski; a daughter, Joyce A. Rodrigue of Aurora, Ill.; a son, Paul D. of Baldwinsville; three sisters, Rita Bernas of Cheektowaga, Christine Geryak of Buffalo and Patricia Tomczak of the Town of Tonawanda; two brothers, Leonard of West Falls and Eugene of Cheektowaga; and four grandchildren.

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