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Leo Krashefski, GM retiree, WWII veteran Feb. 15, 1920 -- March 29, 2006

Leo F. Krashefski of Kenmore, a World War II veteran and retired General Motors employee, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 86.

Born and raised in Plymouth, Pa., Mr. Krashefski moved to the Buffalo area 60 years ago and lived in the City and Town of Tonawanda before moving to Kenmore in September.

A bombardier in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he flew 84 missions, mostly over Italy.

He worked 33 years at the General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant before retiring 23 years ago.

A volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Mr. Krashefski's hobbies included painting, gardening, word puzzles and building detailed miniature model homes.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Anna M. Kozmiski; three daughters, Louise Ross of Ransomville, Joanne Simon of Grand Island and Susan Faso of North Tonawanda; a son, Leo F. of Hamburg; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in All Saints Catholic Church, Esser Avenue and Henrietta Street. Entombment will be in Birchwood Mausoleum at Forest Lawn.


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