Stanley C. Buwaj of Marilla, a World War II veteran and longtime employee of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, died Monday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga. He was 88.
The Buffalo native joined the New York National Guard at age 21 and was sent to fight in World War II soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in the Pacific Theater, earning a Bronze Star.
After he returned home, he earned his degree at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute under the G.I. Bill.
Mr. Buwaj ran his own Laundromat before getting a job in purchasing at the VA on Bailey Avenue.
He also continued to serve his country. He joined the Reserve Corps and stayed active for the next 34 years, retiring with the rank of chief warrant officer, grade four. He was a charter member of the World War II Memorial Society in Washington, D.C.
"He liked the discipline and he was very organized person, he liked everything just so," said his wife, Anne, whom he met in church choir. "He got that in the Army."
Mr. Buwaj was also active in the Catholic Church. He was an usher and past vice president of the Holy Name Society at Annunciation Catholic Church in Elma.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Anne Tamborski; a daughter, Judith Burek; and two sons, David and Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.