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Leon F. Pasciak, World War II veteran, electrician, enjoyed needlepoint, macramé

June 23, 1926 – March 31, 2016

A funeral service for Leon F. Pasciak, a retired electrician who served in the Navy during World War II, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

Mr. Pasciak, who raised seven daughters in the Town of Tonawanda with his wife, Theresa, died Thursday under hospice care in his home after a long illness. He was 89.

He was a devoted family man and macramé and needlepoint artist who enjoyed travel, gardening, volunteer activities and spending time with his 10 grandchildren.

Born in North Tonawanda, he graduated from North Tonawanda High School and entered the Navy in 1944, toward the end of World War II. He served aboard an LSM landing ship in the Pacific Ocean and on the Philippines islands, transporting American troops and prisoners of war.

After the war, Mr. Pasciak earned a degree from the New York Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences at Buffalo, now known as Erie Community College.

He then worked as an electrician for about 15 years at the former Bell Aircraft plant in Wheatfield, followed by another 25 years at the Niagara Machine & Tool Works plant in Buffalo.

Mr. Pasciak retired in 1988 but kept busy as a volunteer and with his macramé and needlepoint projects. A supporter of local theater, he volunteered as an usher at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts, and at the Jewish Repertory Theater in Amherst. He was also active with the Town of Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, the Kenmore-Tonawanda Historical Society and Stephen Sikora American Legion Post 1322 in North Tonawanda.

He enjoyed traveling in Europe and throughout the U.S. with his wife, and also restored antique travel trunks.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, the former Theresa Mucha, he is survived by seven daughters, Diane Lorenzi, Susan Keegan, Geralyn Homovec, Carolyn, Judy, Dolores and Mary.

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