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Henry Wlodarczyk, GM engine plant retiree

July 17, 1927 - June 22, 2014

Henry Wlodarczyk, of Cheektowaga, a Korean War veteran who played three years of minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 86.

Mr. Wlodarczyk was born in Buffalo and educated at Seneca Vocational High School. He went on to earn an associate degree from Erie County Technical Institute.

A decorated Army veteran of the Korean War, he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. He was a member of Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He worked as a tool maker and planning engineer at Twin Industries in Cheektowaga from 1948 and 1971 and then went to work as a tool-and-die maker for the General Motors engine plant in Town of Tonawanda from 1972 to 1991. He retired in August 1991.

A Catholic, Mr. Wlodarczyk was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Cecelia Kosinski; a son, Andrew; and a daughter, Valerie Trzybinski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in Resurrection Catholic Church, 130 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga.

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