Zenon Antoni Piaseczny of West Seneca, a retired baker who survived a Nazi labor camp in World War II, died unexpectedly Sunday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 75.
Born in Torun, Poland, he and his family were taken from their home by German troops in 1943 and sent to different camps. He and his mother, who went to a camp in Lebenstedt-Brunswik, Germany, were liberated by American forces in 1945.
A relative living in the United States arranged for them to emigrate in 1947, and he came to Buffalo, working in restaurants and bakeries as a cook and baker.
In 1950, he joined the Coast Guard and served in Egypt during the Suez Canal crisis. He later joined the Merchant Marine, where he transported troops and supplies to various ports in North Africa.
Returning from service, he worked again in bakeries and in 1967 opened his own business, Zen's Bakery Shop, in Kenmore, retiring in 2001.
But he continued to work part time in other bakeries until August.
He enjoyed reading, travel and learning about science and the nature of the universe.
Surviving are his wife of 32 years, the former Hanna T. Kowalska; two sons, Alexander and Ronald, both of West Seneca; and three brothers, Richard Powell of Glendale, Calif., Eugene Bennett of Florida and Aleksander of Gdansk, Poland.
Services will be private.