July 22, 1918 – April 5, 2014

Matthew W. Sitek, a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marine, died Saturday in the Schofield Residence nursing home in Kenmore. He was 95.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sitek served in the U.S. Merchant Marine on tankers in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard, from which he received an honorable discharge.

After World War II, Mr. Sitek worked for American Radiator until it closed in 1967. He was then employed by Dunlop Tire Corp., where he worked until retiring in 1981.

The former Cheektowaga resident was a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Robert Bedell Chapter, American Legion Niagara Frontier Post 1041, and Woodmen of the World.

He enjoyed woodcarving, building model ships and gardening.

His wife, the former Dorothy Jarnot, died in 1999.

Survivors include a sister, Jane Helen Cardas; and his companion, Rose Burdzy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.