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Kenneth L. Roetzer, World War II veteran, active churchman

July 11, 1922 - March 19, 2017

Kenneth L. Roetzer of Cheektowaga, a World War II veteran of the Seabees who was an active churchman, died March 19 in Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph’s Campus, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 94.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Roetzer was a lifelong Buffalo-area resident and graduated from Burgard Vocational High School before joining the Navy as a member of the Seabees construction battalion. He served in the Pacific Theater during the war.

Mr. Roetzer worked several different jobs, including with the Postal Service and Merchants Mutual Insurance. He also was employed doing layout for the Cheektowaga Times and retired from his last job in 1985.

Mr. Roetzer also was active in the community, including Cheektowaga Community Choir, Young & Young at Heart Players and Cheektowaga Seniors.

Active in several ministries of the Catholic Church, he was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, co-chairman of Catholic Charities, a Pre-Cana adviser and Eucharistic minister. He was awarded the St. Joseph the Worker award from the Diocese of Buffalo.

Mr. Roetzer enjoyed golf, painting, music, cooking and growing roses.

His wife, the former Loretta Honer, predeceased him.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Sweet and Mary Siuta; a son, Paul; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, 3645 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

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