Robert E. Bartkowiak, 86, of Fredonia, N.Y. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday afternoon March 17, 2013. He died at home surrounded by the love and prayers of his children and their spouses and the complete devotion of Runa, his dearly beloved wife of nearly 62 years. He was born June 5, 1926 in Dunkirk NY, the son of the late John and Helen Bartkowiak. Mr Bartkowiak graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1944 and is also a Navy veteran. He served with a construction battalion in the Pacific theatre from 1944-1946 and upon his discharge joined the Service Hardware Staff founded in 1928. He went into partnership in 1956 with Nelson Rider and Andrew Swoyer. He became sole owner of Service Hardware, Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk, N.Y. in 1973 retiring in 1993.
Robert E. Bartkowiak