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Edward C. Lewandowski, operated tavern in Alden

March 21, 1929 – Nov. 18, 2014

Edward C. Lewandowski, of Alden, who owned and operated the Millgrove Tavern in Alden for many years, died Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School. He was a freshwater seaman on the Great Lakes with the Merchant Marine, affiliated with the Coast Guard, and did engineering work.

Returning from service, he worked as a machinist in several factories and as a bricklayer and craftsman on construction sites.

He and his wife operated the bar and restaurant for more than 40 years, closing it about 15 years ago.

Mr. Lewandowski was an avid bowler and participated in many bowling leagues. He also was a hunter and fisherman and enjoyed boating, as well as music, bands and dancing.

He was a member of the Charlie Club, a social club, and Post 6472, AMVETS, where he was a member of the board of directors. He was a social member of the Eagles Club and several Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

He maintained a vacation home in Sunset Bay and was active as a volunteer in the Sunset Bay community. He also did volunteer work at the St. Francis Center in McArthur, Ohio.

In the summer, he enjoyed gardening and mowing lawns for neighbors. He shoveled and did snowblowing for neighbors in the winter.

His wife of 59 years, the former Mary Lawniczak, died in 2010.

Survivors include three daughters, Sister Linda, OSF, Nancy Noreck and Mary Jane; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 Commercial St., Farnham.

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