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Leo F. Swistak, accounting manager at Chevy, athlete; June 26, 1927 – Nov. 22, 2012

Leo F. Swistak, of Lancaster, former manager of the accounting department for the Chevrolet plant in the Town of Tonawanda, died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 85.

The Buffalo native was a 1945 graduate of Seneca High School, where he served as vice president of his senior class and excelled in sports, earning nine varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball.

Mr. Swistak received an athletic scholarship to Canisius College and played on the football team. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in accounting.

He was inducted in 2010 to the Canisius College Football Hall of Fame.

After college graduation, Mr. Swistak was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an auditor and physical training instructor. He was transferred to the Army Reserves in 1952 and honorably discharged in 1956.

Mr. Swistak was employed in the Chevrolet plant's accounting department from 1954 to 1989, when he retired.

A longtime resident of Cheektowaga, he was active with Resurrection Catholic Church, serving as an usher for more than 20 years. He also was a former president of the parish's Holy Name Society and volunteered with the church's annual lawn fete.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Ann N. Kobiernicki; two sons, Gregory B. and Paul R.; a daughter, Judith L. Artist; two sisters, Alice Riordan and Ann Piechocki; and a brother, Matthew Stack.

Funeral services will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday in Amigone Funeral Home, 6050 Transit Road, Depew, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Resurrection Church, Union Road and Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga.