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July 20, 1921 – April 21, 2013

Julian C. Mikolajek, of Buffalo, a retired tool-and-die maker, died Sunday at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a struggle with cancer. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up on the East Side, attending School 40 and Boys Vocational High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served stateside during World War II as a mechanic and instructor.

Returning from service, he went to Seneca Vocational High School to become a tool- and-die maker, then worked at American Car, Markell Electric, Kolk Manufacturing and the General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant, where he repaired production line machinery. He retired in 1986.

Mr. Mikolajek was a member of Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, and served on the Funeral Detail Committee, heading the honor guard. An active parishioner at St. Casimir Catholic Church, he served on many committees, was a member of the Holy Name Society and was a bingo volunteer for more than 30 years. He also was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Cazenovia Golf Course.

He and his wife, the former Vera Knapik, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary Friday.

Survivors also include three sons, Col. Louis, Jerome and Julian II; a daughter, Linda Gallagher; and two sisters, Mary Komaszewski and Tillie Dzieciuch.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Casimir’s Church, Weimar and Casimir streets.