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Emil Redlinski, project engineer for Erie County; Sept. 1, 1922 -- Sept. 25, 2011

Emil Redlinski, of Cheektowaga, a former chief project engineer for Erie County, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, he was raised in Elma and, later, East Aurora, where he graduated from high school. He served as a master sergeant in the Army for three years during World War II while also attending the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont.

His father and three brothers started the locally known Redlinski Meats business, but Emil Redlinski opted instead to pursue his ambition to become a structural engineer. He worked for various contractors as a draftsman before landing a job at Ernst Steel Construction in Buffalo from 1949 to 1982, eventually becoming that company's chief engineer.

For 17 years, Mr. Redlinski was chief project engineer for Erie County, during which he oversaw the renovation of Ralph Wilson Stadium and the indoor practice field house. He retired in 2000, though he continued to work part time for the county for five additional years.

Mr. Redlinski was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Irene Zurek; two daughters, Nadine Wilhelm and Diane; a son, David; and a brother, Leonard.

Funeral services will be private.

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