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Anthony D. Lewandowski, 101, master upholsterer; July 14, 1910 -- Feb. 25, 2012

Anthony D. Lewandowski, a retired master upholsterer, died Saturday in Maplewood Health Care Center, Cheektowaga. He was 101.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lewandowski worked for Comfort Furniture Co. as a master upholsterer from the 1950s until his retirement in 1980.

He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and Fosdick-Masten Park High School.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Lewandowski was active at St. Stanislaus Church, even after he moved to Cheektowaga in 1959. He was an usher and a member of the Holy Name and St. Vincent de Paul societies at St. Stanislaus. He was a volunteer for Catholic Charities for 31 years and a member of the St. Stanislaus Athletic Club for 29 years.

His passion for Scouting led him to become a scoutmaster and cubmaster. He was instrumental in helping to establish Cub Pack 1 and Boy Scout Troop 1, as well as the first Explorer's post, at St. Stanislaus.

He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and was recognized by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting with the St. George Award for significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth through Scouting.

He enjoyed fishing and bowling in his younger years, gardening after retirement and Buffalo Bisons baseball.

As Mr. Lewandowski got older, friends would ask him the secret to his longevity, and he really didn't have one, said his daughter, Rita Neubauer.

"It's just God's will," she said he would say.

And while he lived through a great many innovations, he didn't partake of all of them.

"All those years, he's never been on a plane," she said.

His wife, Mary Kasprzyk Lewandowski, died in 2006.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, Richard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Andrew Catholic Church, Crocker and Reiman streets, Sloan.

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