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Norman F. Cudeck, retired auto worker

July 1, 1929 – Dec. 9, 2016

Norman F. Cudeck, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired auto worker and mason, died Dec. 9 from congestive heart failure. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, the fourth of 10 children, he was a graduate of McKinley High School, where he learned bricklaying. He worked independently as a mason before serving in the Marine Corps. He was deployed in the Mediterranean during the Korean War.

Norman F. Cudeck

Returning from service, he became a partner with his brothers Don, Bob and Richard in the popular Cudeck Brothers gas station at Kensington Avenue and Eggert Road and worked there for several years.

In 1959, Mr. Cudeck left to take a job in the Chevrolet plant on East Delavan Avenue, where he worked as a tool setter. While on the second shift at the plant, he owned and operated Norman F. Cudeck Masonry Contractor, doing chimney repair and construction throughout Buffalo until 1985.

After retiring from the Cheverolet plant in 1991, he assisted in day-to-day operations in his son’s landscaping and snowplowing business and performed kind deeds for friends and neighbors.

He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 424 and the St. Ann’s Men’s Club and the Holy Name Society at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Lucille Eigenmann; a son, Norman A.; a daughter, Lisa Krowl; a brother, Richard; three sisters, Romaine, Frances Ziemann and Mary Fix; and six grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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