on June 27, 2014 - 4:29 PM
, updated June 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM
Dec. 11, 1926 – June 24, 2014
Matthew J. Serwacki Sr., an auto parts business owner, died Tuesday in his home in Elma after a long illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Serwacki was a partner with his brothers, Edward and William, in an auto repair shop, Clinton Collision Service in West Seneca. In 1972, he founded an auto parts yard, 2060 Auto Parts, on William Street in Sloan. He partially retired in 2008.
In 1965, he joined his brother Edward, who helped establish Lancaster Speedway, in leasing and reopening the track. They sold it in 1971.
An Elma resident since 1956, Mr. Serwacki was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Professional Businessmen’s Association and the Polish Falcons.
He served as junior vice commander of Elma Post 5861, Veterans of Foreign Wars; was a member of Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars; a life member of the Elma Historical Society; and an honorary member of the Elma Volunteer Fire Company.
His wife of 64 years, Irene Goinski Serwacki, died last December.
Survivors include three sons, Paul Kuligowski, Matthew Jr. and Michael; a daughter, Kathy Sekuterski; two sisters, Helen Slazyk and Dorothy Rusek; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.