Edward Gornikiewicz

Edward I. Gornikiewicz, age 89, of Dunkirk died Tuesday morning (Dec. 3, 2013) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.

He was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Stanley and Carrie (Wysocki) Gornikiewicz.

A lifelong Dunkirk resident, Ed served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

He was employed at Fredonia State/SUNY as a custodian.

A parishioner of Holy Trinity Church, he formerly served as president of the Kosciuszko Polish Home for many years and was a member of American Legion Post 62 and former secretary for the Polish National Alliance.

Ed loved attending parties and weddings, where he especially enjoyed singing Polish songs, including his favorite, “Sto Lat.”

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Teresa S. Gornikiewicz; two daughters, Jean (Craig) Sutton of Dunkirk and Linda (Wayne) Palmatier of Fredonia; three grandsons, John Gizowski, David Palmatier and Mark Palmatier; and two great grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman and Leonard Gornikiewicz; and grandson Joseph Gizowski.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Friday morning at 10 o’clock in Holy Trinity Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Lak-eshore Humane Society, 431 East Chestnut St., Dunkirk, NY 14048.