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Josephine Gajkowski, retired owner of Ray’s Lounge

Aug. 5, 1937 – May 29, 2013

Josephine “Joyce” Gajkowski, retired owner of Ray’s Lounge and Catering on Clinton Street in Kaisertown, died Wednesday in her Evans home. She was 75.

Mrs. Gajkowski and her husband, Walter, bought Ray’s in 1984 from former Cheektowaga Councilman Ray Wasielewski.

She retired from the family business in 2002, but daughters Cheryl A. Tkaczyk and Anne Marie Kruger continue to run the business.

Prior to buying Ray’s, Mrs. Gajkowski and her husband owned and operated Walter’s Tavern on South Park Avenue in the Old First Ward from 1980 to 1984, along with its men’s social club and women’s auxiliary.

Born Josephine Kubiak in Buffalo, Mrs. Gajkowski graduated from Villa Maria Academy in 1955.

She was a member of the East Clinton Businessmen’s Association.

Her husband died in 2008.

In addition to her daughters Cheryl and Anne Marie, survivors include two other daughters, Karen M. Fabrizi and Jacqueline R. Martin; a son, Randall W.; and a brother, Stanley Kubiak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, after prayers at 8:45 in Buszka Funeral Home, 2005 Clinton St.

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