April 12, 1925 – April 3, 2016
Michael Vucic, retired transportation superintendent for the Frontier Central School District and a veteran of World War II, died April 3 under hospice care in Port Charlotte, Fla., where he had been living for more than 20 years. He was 90.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he came to Hamburg with his family as a boy and attended Hamburg schools.
He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served with the 79th Infantry Division in Europe under Gen. Omar Bradley and Gen. George Patton in the First and Third Armies. He landed in Normandy a few days after the invasion, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, crossed the Rhine as part of the Seventh Army and, as part of the American occupying forces after the war, manned a roadblock in Czechoslovakia with the 15th Army.
Hospitalized briefly after he was wounded in the elbow in France, he was awarded the Purple Heart and attained the rank of sergeant. Quiet about his wartime experiences for many years, he recounted them in 2015 to Florida-based writer Don Moore, who published his story in the Charlotte Sun and online at donmoorewartales.com.
Returning from service, Mr. Vucic went to work for Frontier Central Schools and managed the school bus fleet. He moved to Florida after he retired in 1987.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Harriet Griswold; two sons, David and Daniel; four daughters, Kathleen Watkins, Nancy Jemiolo, Judy Nurmi and Anne Clobridge; 13 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, 5453 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.