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Jan. 9, 1923 – Jan. 10, 2014

The Rev. Msgr. Anthony J. Jasinski, a retired Catholic priest and retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, died Friday at a priests residence in Lackawanna. He was 91.

Born in Lackawanna, he earned master’s degrees from St. Bonaventure University and Canisius College and was a graduate of Christ the King Seminary.

Father Jasinski spent 11 years on active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force and more than 10 years as a chaplain in the reserves, during which he ministered to armed forces personnel.

He was ordained in 1949 by John Francis Cardinal O’Hara, then bishop of Buffalo, and served as a chaplain on active duty from 1955 to 1965. He served at Clark Field in the Philippines, where he celebrated Masses at three different chapels on the base, as well as at the base hospital and the base stockade. He also served in Germany and on several bases in the U.S.

Father Jasinski retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1983. In 1999, he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest.

After his active service in the Air Force, Father Jasinski served as a parish priest in Flagstaff, Ariz. Upon his return to the Buffalo area in 1967, he founded St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church on Losson Road in Cheektowaga. He retired from duties in 1990.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.