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Chester S. Izydorczak, teacher of religious education, coach <br> April 4, 1937 -- April 17, 2007

A Mass of Christian Burial for Chester S. Izydorczak, who loved teaching and coaching, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Sandridge Road, Alden.

Mr. Izydorczak, of North Fort Myers, Fla., and formerly of Alden, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 70.

He retired as a patternmaker from Dresser Rand/Worthington Corp. after 25 years. He also taught religious education for many years at St. John Church and was a founder and past president of the Alden Junior Football Association and a coach for 15 years.

His son Michael and four grandsons were killed in a 1994 car crash in Lancaster.

Afterward, he helped establish a memorial golf tournament that raised money over the next 10 years for those who helped the family, including Mercy Flight, Women and Children's Hospital and the Millgrove and Townline fire departments.

Mr. Izydorczak was a member of Polish National Alliance 2931, the Polka Boosters of Florida, the American National Football Coaches Association and the National Horseshoe Pitching Association.

He played the accordion and excelled at bowling and horseshoe pitching, winning many Erie County championships and placing third in the 1976 World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament. He also enjoyed hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Viola; four sons, Chester, Lawrence, Brian and Gerald; three sisters, Patricia Kearney, Loretta Cady and Carol Foley; and a brother, Francis.

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