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Edmund J. Owczarzak, Air Force veteran

May 31, 1930 – March 17, 2015

Edmund J. Owczarzak of West Seneca, an Air Force veteran who founded the Roswell Park Memorial Institute School of Radiologic Technology, died March 17 in Mercy Hospital. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Corpus Christi Grade School and graduated from St. Francis High School in Hamburg in 1948. He attended the University of Buffalo for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He was sent to Fort Sam Houston Medical Field Service School in Texas, where he was trained as a radiologic technologist, rising to the rank of airman first class before his discharge in December 1953.

After his military service, he entered New York State service as a radiologic technologist at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, where he rose to the position of principal radiologic technologist in charge of diagnostic radiology. He, along with the late Joseph Koperski, founded the Roswell Park Memorial Institute School of Radiologic Technology and trained many technologists until the school closed in 1969.

He left Roswell Park in 1969 after completing public administration training in Albany. He served as senior representative and investigator at the Buffalo office of state civil service for over six years. In 1975 he transferred to the J.N. Adam Developmental Center as senior personnel administrator, working until 1977, at which time he earned his bachelor of science degree from Empire State College. He later took a position at Buffalo Psychiatric Center as the employee relations officer until his retirement in 1986.

In addition to his work for the state, he was a salesman at Goldblatts of Buffalo, at Sattlers on Broadway, and at Breski Builders Corporation. Upon obtaining his real estate broker’s license, he was sales manager for the Lelonek Real Estate and Insurance Company and the Breski Builders & Real Estate Corporation. He ran his own real estate agency, EJO Real Estate until 1991.

Mr. Owczarzak was active at St. Casimir’s Church as an usher and scouting representative. He served as the chairman of the lawn fete committee. He was a member of the Legion of Mary, assisted with daily Mass at Queen of Heaven Parish and volunteered at bingo.

His wife of 63 years, the former Mary Esther Jung, died in March 2007.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Anthony and Richard Francis; a daughter, Susan Marie Palys; two sisters, Mildred Krygier and Geraldine Trendell; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered last Friday .

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