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Feb. 26, 1928 – Jan. 2, 2013

Casimir A. Pietras, a longtime Bethlehem Steel worker who served in the Navy during World War II, died Jan. 2 in Mercy Hospital. He was 84.

A native of Avoca, Pa., Mr. Pietras moved to Lackawanna with his family as a young boy and enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He served as a seaman second class on the USS Robert Brazier, a destroyer escort, and later received the WWII Victory Medal.

After the war, Mr. Pietras worked at Bethlehem Steel for 36 years, from July 1947 until he retired in July 1983, working as a pickler in the galvanizing division. He and his family lived in Lackawanna before settling in Blasdell.

“He was an avid outdoorsman, a hunter and fisherman,” said one of his sons, Rodney, a Lackawanna police detective. “He just loved the outdoors.”

Mr. Pietras’ wife of 57 years, Eveline Koralewski Pietras, died in 2007.

Survivors include four daughters, Nadine Winkler, Naomi Shaver, Celeste Pawlowski and Celine Mann; three sons, Duane, Darryl and Rodney; and a sister, Josephine Mach.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 3688 South Park Ave., Blasdell.