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Obituary: Michael Zaremski Jr.

Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am

Michael Zaremski, Jr., 45, of Grand Island, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2021.

Mike was born in Niagara Falls and moved to Grand Island as a teenager. He was a graduate of Grand Island High School and received his associate’s degree from Erie County Community College.

Mike is survived by his beloved children, Ella Rose Zaremski and Dylan Michael Zaremski, who were his pride and joy. In addition, Mike is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Laina Cascio; his aunt and uncle, Patricia (Fred) Forbes; his parents and sister, as well as several other aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.

Mike was a proud veteran of the United States Army and National Guard, serving two tours in Afghanistan and in New York City at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks. After 21 years of dedicated service, Mike was honorably discharged and retired with the rank of sergeant first class. He was awarded multiple citations and medals, including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, Combat Spur, Campaign Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Medal, and the Conspicuous Service in the State of New York Medal.

Mike was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Bills. He enjoyed bowling and cooking and was known for his great sense of humor. Above all, Mike enjoyed spending time with his children.

Michael’s Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 8, in St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, concluding with military honors. Interment will be held in the Western New York Veteran’s Cemetery, Corfu, New York.

Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel; visit www.mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.secure.dav.org.

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