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Dec. 23, 1933 – Dec. 1, 2012

Michael G. Szafranski, who owned and operated Grant Window Cleaning Co., died Saturday in his Cheektowaga home. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he joined his father’s window cleaning business after he graduated from Lafayette High School. He took over operations in the 1970s and was semi-retired in recent years, although he completed a job as recently as a couple of months ago.

Active in sports with the Butler Mitchell Boys Club after high school, he played baseball and softball and was a standout in the club’s 1952-53 championship basketball team.

Mr. Szafranski coached a CYO girls softball team that won back-to-back diocesan championships in 1977 and 1978, and was a lay director of the CYO program with his wife. They received the St. Christopher Medal and the Forgotten Youth Award for their work with young people.

A Cheektowaga resident since 1966, he was active in Infant of Prague Catholic Church. He was a past president of the Holy Name Society, a member of the Parish Council, an usher, a collection counter and a Catholic Charities volunteer. He and his wife headed the parish fundraising committee for 15 years.

A devoted Yankees, Bills and Sabres fan, he enjoyed collecting military memorabilia and sampling beers from around the world.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Mary Lou Cannarozzo; and a daughter, Michele Dirr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Infant of Prague Church, 923 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.