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Frank H. Schostick, YMCA swimming champ Dec. 15, 1938 -- Feb. 25, 2006

Frank H. Schostick, who was the YMCA City Champion swimmer in 1953, died Saturday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 67.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Lafayette High School and served in the Air Force during the 1950s, rising to airman first class. He served at the Air Force base in Thule, Greenland, during the 1950s. At Thule, he participated in a transfusion that saved the life of a woman. His blood type, O negative, was an asset at Thule, a facility that was often off-limits because of extreme weather.

For 24 years, Mr. Schostick worked as a repairman at what was then General Motors' Harrison Radiator Division, first in Buffalo, then Lockport, until he retired in 1999.

He served as scoutmaster for several years at Boy Scout Troop 33 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was a member of the United Auto Workers. He enjoyed golfing and was a lector at St. John the Baptist.

On Jan. 28, while in the Hospice Unit in Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Town of Tonawanda, Mr. Schostick renewed his wedding vows with his wife of 49 years, the former Rosalie K. Grimaldi, a ceremony at which the Rev. Barry L. Lillis, a former TV personality, officiated.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Debra D. Koons of the Islamorada, Fla., and a son, Frank V. of Buffalo; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in All Saints Catholic Church, 205 Esser Ave. Prayers will be said at 9:30 in James E. Grace Funeral Home, 335 Ontario St. Entombment, with military honors, will be in Mount Olivet Resurrection Mausoleum, Town of Tonawanda.


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