Andrew J. Balzer Jr. of Washington Avenue, Dunkirk, NY died Thursday evening (Oct. 29, 2009) at Brooks Memorial Hospital. He was 77 years of age, born in Dunkirk Jan. 27, 1932, the son of the late Andrew Balzer Sr. and Hattie Bogacz Balzer. A lifelong Dunkirk resident, Mr. Balzer was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy, attended SUNY
at Fredonia for three and a half years and was a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
He was a Combat Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the 7th Infantry Division. He was appointed to the
Andrew J. Balzer Jr.
Dunkirk Police Department in July 1956 and served as Chief of Police from 1986 until his retirement in January 1993. An avid New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills fan, Mr. Balzer was very active in youth sports as a coach in Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball and Midget League Football. He also played semi-pro football with the Fredonia Orioles. In 1972, he was named the Kiwanis Club "Citizen of the Year" and also was awarded the "Outstanding
Dedicated Service" award from the Frank Acquavia Memorial Post. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Church, First Ward Falcon Club, Moniuszko Club and the Frank Acquavia Memorial Post #1344. Surviving are four sons, Andrew (Karen) Balzer of Murray, Kentucky, Michael Balzer of Dunkirk, Mark (Tammy) Balzer of Columbus, Ohio and Richard Balzer of Dunkirk; six grandchildren Andrew Balzer IV, Ralston Balzer, Markus Balzer, MacKensey
Balzer, Andrea Balzer and Nicole Balzer; two great grandchildren, Andrew Balzer V and Sierra Balzer; and his brother, James (Carol) Balzer of Dunkirk. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Jeanette E. (O'Connor) Balzer, whom he married June 14, 1952 and who died Aug. 6,
2007; and five brothers, Ronald, Thomas, Walter, Stanley and Godfrey Balzer. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:15 from the Newman Funeral Home Inc., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o'clock in
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Entombment will follow in the Assumption Mausoleum, St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 PM today and 2-4 and 7-9 PM Sunday.