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Chester A. Kmack, volunteer, worked in pharmaceutical sales April 5, 1919 -- April 21, 2007

Chester A. Kmack of Clarence, a retired pharmaceutical sales representative and an active volunteer, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 88.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he served in a medical depot company in the Philippines during World War II, attaining the rank of master sergeant.

Returning from service, he joined Hoffmann LaRoche in pharmaceutical sales and was transferred to Buffalo in 1947. He won numerous national sales awards before he retired in 1981.

In retirement, Mr. Kmack volunteered with the American Red Cross ombudsman program at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home and the Senior IRS Adviser program. A longtime member of the Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he was board member of the Clarence Senior Center and was an avid bridge and pinochle player.

A resident of Kenmore before moving to Clarence in 1959, he also served as a lector at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church for more than 30 years.

His wife of 17 years, Ingrid Reiner Kmack, died in 1964. In 1980, he married Mary Bayer. She died in a plane crash in 1987.

Surviving are three sons, Kenneth C., Gerald A. and Donald J., and two daughters, Peggy Marcus and Elaine K. Donaldson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence.

[ANDERSON/C]

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