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Bernard Kaukus, WWII veteran and Ford foreman

May 1, 1922– June 16, 2016

Bernard “Benny” Kaukus of Lancaster, a World War II Marine Corps veteran and retired foreman at the Ford Stamping Plant, died Thursday at Greenfield Manor in Lancaster after a brief illness. He was 94.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Kaukus was a graduate of Emerson High School. After the war, he went to work for Ford, where he was a general machine repair foreman. He retired in 1986 after a career longer than 30 years.

An active Catholic, he attended several parishes and was a volunteer for several renovation projects, including at the Shrine of St. Jude and Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish.

Also active in the Polish community, Mr. Kaukus was a member of the Polka Booster Club, Polka Variety Club and Polish Falcons.

Survivors include a special friend, Charlotte Zawada; two daughters, Kathleen Kaczmarek and Arlene; a son, Ben; a brother, the Rev. Edwin J.; a sister, Mary Jane Lang; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, 2158 William St., Cheektowaga.

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