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Stanley A. Grajek, 92, engineer at Bell, Wurlitzer

Nov. 13, 1920 – April 8, 2013

Stanley A. Grajek, of Getzville, an engineer at Bell Aerospace Corp. and Wurlitzer Co., died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, of complications from a fall March 13. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1938 graduate of East High School and earned an associate degree in design technology from Millard Fillmore College at the University of Buffalo in 1957.

Mr. Grajek worked in engineering layout and drafting at Curtiss-Wright Corp. during World War II, then joined Bell as a design engineer in 1945. He helped develop the experimental X-1 aircraft, the first plane to break the sound barrier.

In 1960, he went to the Wurlitzer Co., working first in engineering for military projects, then as chief engineer for brass band instrument manufacturing and manager of phonograph engineering and piano engineering. He held several patents for soundboard design.

He joined Kimball Piano Co. in 1981 as a piano engineer, then worked from 1983 to 1985 in project management at Sierra Research before he retired.

Mr. Grajek was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and a founding member and past grand knight of St. Pius X Council, Knights of Columbus. He also was a founding member and past president of the Senior Citizens at St. Pius X Church.

He was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed creating stained glass items.

His wife of 68 years, the former Dorothy E. Askin, a secretary at Casey Middle School in East Amherst, died in 2011.

Surviving are two daughters, Laureen Enright and Mary, and a son, Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today in St. Pius X Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville.

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