Walter F. Krakowski of Orchard Park, a retired steelworker and longtime deli owner, died Saturday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 94.
Born in Lackawanna, he was a graduate of Lackawanna High School.
Mr. Krakowski was a chief petty officer in the Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 44 years and retired as foreman in 1979. In 1952, he opened Krakowski's Deli on Ingham Avenue and continued operating the business until the late 1990s.
Mr. Krakowski was a life member of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, Lackawanna, where he sang in the men's choir and was a member of the church's Holy Name Society.
He was a member of Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion; and the Chopin Singing Society.
His wife of 62 years, Helen Kurnik Krakowski, died in 2002.
He is survived by a daughter, Catherine M. Koch; a son, Walter J.; and a brother, Edward F.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna.