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Leo W. Wolanin, 93, World War II vet and Westinghouse retiree

Feb. 13, 1925 – Aug. 26, 2018

Leo W. Wolanin, a World War II veteran and Westinghouse retiree, died after a short illness Sunday in the Lutheran Retirement Home, Jamestown, where he had been a resident for six years. He was 93.

Born in Dunkirk, he was a 1942 graduate of Dunkirk High School and served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific in World War II, attaining the rank of corporal.

Returning from service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University at Buffalo.

A Cheektowaga resident for 56 years, he joined Westinghouse in 1951 and was a cost accounting manager. He retired in 1982.

He was a member of the Fourth Ward Falcon Club and the Kosciuszko Club in Dunkirk.

An avid reader, he enjoyed biographies, history and self-help books and was notable as a dancer.

His wife of 37 years, the former Viola Odrzywolski, died in 1988.

Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Cunningham; a son, Leo T.; a brother, Richard; a companion, Betty Knowl; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga.

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