John S. Zuchowski of Cheektowaga, a retired Moog worker and watch repairman, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. He was 78.
Born and raised in Buffalo, he had lived in Cheektowaga for 50 years.
Mr. Zuchowski served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, was injured during his service and was a member of Chapter 203, Disabled American Veterans, in Depew.
He worked at Moog from 1955 to 1989, when he retired.
Trained as a watch repairman after the war, he also did that work on the side for many years.
A member of the Cheektowaga Senior Citizens and the National Watch and Clock Collectors, he was an outdoorsman who followed the Bills and Sabres. He also loved music and taught himself to play the piano.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Dorothy Piepszna; two daughters, Janice Kottas of West Seneca and Nancy Curcio of Williamsville; a son, David of Cheektowaga; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.