Mr. Franklin Graczyk, age 77, of Great Valley, New York died Thursday morning, November 18, 2010 at his home following a short illness.
Born on January 4, 1933 in Randolph, New York he was the son of the late Leo Graczyk and Grace Root Graczyk Myers. He was married on May 25, 1957 in St. Patrick's Church, Salamanca, New York to the former Anna Ward who survives.
Mr. Graczyk was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving at Luke Field in Glendale, Arizona.
He was employed for over 20 years retiring in 1997 as a Superintendent for the Department of Public Works for the Village of Ellicottville. Previously had been employed with the former Jamestown Table Top, Salamanca, New York, Otis Steel, Ellicottville, and the Erie Railroad, Salamanca, New York.
Mr. Graczyk was a former member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Salamanca, New York, the Ellicottville American Legion Post, Sons of the American Revolution, Superintendents of Highways Association, Rural Water Works Association, and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Association. He enjoyed his dogs, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, spending time in his shop, and being with his family. He enjoyed genealogy and was a history buff.
Surviving besides his wife are: a daughter, Eileen Hostuttler, Great Valley, New York; a son, Leo Graczyk, Sherman, New York; 6 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Leo Graczyk.
Friends may call at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, New York on Sunday from 6 â€“ 9 P.M.
A prayer service will be held in the funeral home on Monday morning at 10 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Peace Parish at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Peter Melfi, pastor, as celebrant.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca, New York.
Graveside military honors will be conducted by members of the Ellicottville American Legion Post. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the S.P.C.A. or the donor's choice.
E-condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.