Leo Buchalski, a World War II veteran and former city employee, died Thursday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness. He was 80.
Born in Pittsburgh, he came to Niagara Falls as a child and attended Gaskill Junior High School and trade schools in Quoddy Village, Maine, and Auburn.
He served as a seaman first class with the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946.
Mr. Buchalski, who was known as Dutch, was a crew leader at the public works corporation yard for the City of Niagara Falls for 42 years, retiring in 1985.
He was a member of Niagara County Sportsmen's Club and Camp 211, Woodmen of the World, which recently gave him a 50-year pin.
He was a life member of the Portage Post 1465, American Legion, where he was post commander in 1977-78 and chairman of the executive committee in 1978-79. He was also a life member of Chapter 12, Disabled American Veterans; Post 26, AMVETS, in North Tonawanda; the National Rifle Association and Echo Society.
His wife, the former Felicia Janik, died in 1994.
Survivors include a son, Stephen of Niagara Falls; a daughter, Anne of Amston, Conn.; four brothers, Walter of North Tonawanda and Henry, Chester and Thaddeus, all of Niagara Falls; and two grandsons.
Portage Post 1465 will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. today in Labuda Funeral Home, 356 Portage Road.
Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1419 Falls St. Burial with military honors will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.