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John M. Sroka, retired Buffalo firefighter, restaurant owner

March 13, 1931 - April 29, 2017

John M. Sroka of Cowlesville in Wyoming County, a retired Buffalo firefighter, restaurant owner and real estate salesman, died Saturday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sroka was born in Buffalo and graduated from Alden Central High School. He was served in the Army from 1952 to 1960, and served in the 22nd Infantry during the Korean War. He attained the rank of corporal.

He was employed as a firefighter with the Buffalo Fire Department for 34 years until his retirement in 1986. For many of those years, Mr. Sroka was stationed at the Buffalo International Airport in Cheektowaga. He also owned the former Pine Lounge restaurant in Cowlesville from 1964 to 1978, and sold real estate for 10 years.

Mr. Sroka was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by a companion, Shirley Borschel; three daughters, Susan Harfner, Barbara Kotus and Denise Munn; a brother, Jerome, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A graveside service was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, 6200 Broadway, Lancaster.


John M. Sroka

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