Daniel H. Budniewski, age 79, of Dunkirk died Friday morning (Dec. 21, 2012) at the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk.
He was born March 13, 1933 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Edmund and Agnes (Cybart) Budniewski.
A lifelong Dunkirk resident, Mr. Budniewski graduated from Dunkirk Industrial High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Corporal.
He had been employed by Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Roblin Steel and AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp., all in Dunkirk.
He was a member of the Southern Tier Buffalo Bills Boosters and the Dunkirk Veterans of World War II; a 61-year member of the Kosciuszko Polish Home; and a Life Member of the Dom Polski Club, First Ward Falcons and the Moniuszko Club. He formerly belonged to the Cardinal Mindszenty Parents Club, St. Mary's Parents Club and the Dunkirk Irish Society.
Mr. Budniewski was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and a weekly communicant of Blessed Mary Angela Parish Church of St. Hyacinth for 35 years.
He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, gardening, touring the city on his daily rounds and socializing with friends.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Hyland) Budniewski, whom he married Jan. 21, 1956 at St. Mary's Church in Dunkirk; his children, Thomas (Linda) Budniewski of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Natalie (James) Bird of Cassadaga, Karen (James) Mietus of Rochester and Mark (Marianna) Budniewski of Annapolis, Md.; nine grandchildren, Michelle Jenkins, Patrick Budniewski, Amy Bird, Andy Bird, Danielle Mietus, Zachary Mietus, Amanda Mietus, Lauren Budniewski and Meghan Budniewski; and many nieces and nephews, with whom he so enjoyed spending time.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Jacob Budniewski.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:15 from the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o'clock in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Entombment will be in the Assumption Mausoleum of St. Mary's Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, Dan would like you to have an extend-ed happy hour with your family and friends during the holiday season.