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Alfred Mazurek, 91, of Fairmont, passed away Saturday morning (Feb. 11, 2017) at Fairmont Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born June 2, 1925, in Spillertown, Illinois, son of the late Stefan and Mary Jamack Mazurek.
Al graduated from Barrackville High School and enlisted in the Merchant Marine Corp where he served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean Middle East War Zones during World War II. He received honorable discharges from the Merchant marines, Coast Guard and Navy in 1945.
Following the war, he attended Fairmont State College and graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Illinois. He was a 60-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, ending his career as a master electrician at Alcan Aluminum Corporation (Novelis). Alfred was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Watson. His community memberships included the VFW, Knights of Columbus and BPO Elks Lodge 294. Al was a lifelong musician who played in several local orchestras during the big band era and was a dedicated member of the United Mine Workers of America Band. He enjoyed entertaining the community and playing at numerous UMWA national conventions. Al loved his family, cooking and golf and pursued the art of fly fishing to perfection.
Alfred is survived by his wife of 69 years, Irene Vingle Mazurek of Fairmont; his daughters, Nancy Laughlin (David) of Fairmont, Joni Mazurek of Summersville; and son, Bruce Mazurek (Pamela) of Martinsville, Virginia. His grandchildren are Gevony Laughlin Williams (Chris) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mannon Laughlin Gilroy (Liam) of Staten, Island, New York, Conn Laughlin of Fairmont, Garrett Prendergast (Tsoomoo) of Alexandria, Virginia, Ross Prendergast of Summersville, Hillary Mazurek of Miami, Florida; Violet and Sophia Mazurek of Martinsville, Virginia. He is also survived by his brother, Steve Mazurek (Katherine) of Pensacola, Florida and several nieces and nephews. He was especially proud to share pictures of his great-grandchildren, Cameron and McKenzie Prendergast and Kean Gilroy.
Al wished to be remembered as a Christian, husband, father, grandfather, veteran, musician and fisherman.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ross Funeral Home 801 Fairmont Ave. Fairmont. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Deacon Lou Belldina officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Marion County Veterans Council will conduct full Military honors at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United States Merchant Marine Academy Foundation at 14 Bond St. No. 1000, Great Neck, NY 11021 or to Catholic Charities of West Virginia at 2000 Main Street, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rossfh.com.
Published on February 13, 2017
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