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Anatoly Dwigun
Anatoly Dwigun

Obituary of Anatoly Dwigun

Anatoly, affectionately known as Tony, was born in Germany on October 28, 1945, to Ukrainian and German parents Wasilij and Ludmila Dwigun. Before moving to America with his three siblings they lived in Germany, Poland, and France. Tony and his family immigrated to the United States of America in 1955 when he was ten years old, naturalizing in 1966. Tony was incredibly patriotic! After becoming a U.S. citizen, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1968. He served in the Vietnam war as a Huey helicopter door gunner and a helicopter mechanic. During his time in the military, he received the Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Sharpshooter Badge (Rifle) Medal and later was presented with the NY State Conspicuous Services Cross Award in 2004 by Governor Pataki. Being as humble as he was, he did decline the Purple Heart Medal, stating he was not ‘as worthy of that honor, as those who lost their lives’. Given his love for softball, he played for the Holy Name Society. One hot summer evening in July, Tony went out after his weekly game. That night he met his future wife Janice who was out with her daughter trying to escape the summer heat. Hesitant to accept Tony’s invitation to dance, Janice was assured by his friend that Tony was a ‘good guy’ so she accepted a dance to what became one of their favorites, the Jitterbug. This was the moment he swept Janice off her feet. Tony was a fantastic dancer, from the chacha to slow dancing. he also danced with his children and grandchildren as they were growing up. Even after becoming visually impaired, due to a stroke, he loved dancing with his wife while attending his son Terry’s performances. Tony loved Janice with all his heart. He showed his love in many ways, but one special way was to make her a cup of tea every morning. This along with his daily paper would make him happy, stating "Good morning honey! We made it to another day." He battled illness for 21 years and never looked for sympathy. Tony would always lovingly call Janice his ‘Special nurse’. Being a father was a huge part of Tony’s life. He was blessed with two children, Laura and Little Tony from a previous marriage and gained six more children with Janice that he loved like his own. Tony shared his love of spiderman with Little Tony, who passed when he was only five years old. He then shared that love with his many grandchildren. Tony was a fantastic father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. teaching many of them how to drive, fish, read, play chess and complete crossword puzzles. He also was there to take the boys to all their games and attended concerts and recitals. he loved the feeling of being a part of Janice’s large close-knit family. Tony loved sharing in the numerous family get-togethers. Christmas Eve, Easter, and Thanksgiving celebrations with the family were a joyous time for him knowing there would be traditional meals. Tony was a hard-working man who knew the value of a dollar. This was one of the many values he practiced and taught to those he loved. Tony loved collecting coins so much that he would often trade you a dollar for a few coins. He had a sweet tooth for homemade chocolate pie or vanilla ice cream. Tony loved a good meal, especially Janice’s home cooking. He also had a passion for fresh bread, sandwiches, and Pepsi. Tony was an engineer by trade and very proud of the job he had. He loved his vintage 1965 boat which he restored with the help of the boys. He enjoyed boating on Canandaigua Lake with his wife and children. Tony wasn’t much for gardening or pulling weeds, but he kept an excellent-looking lawn. In his younger years, he enjoyed long rides in his corvette. In his later years, you could typically find him in his green army jacket anywhere anytime. Tony loved to be outdoors. If he wasn’t sitting shirtless outside in the sun, he was inside reading the daily newspaper or doing a crossword puzzle with a good hot cup of coffee. Tony will be missed for his smiling face, lovable heart, friendly nature, and remembered for his unwavering patriotism. Dwigun, Anatoly “Tony” born October 28, 1945, of Buffalo, NY entered into rest February 24, 2022. Devoted Husband of Janice Dwigun (nee Korczynski); Beloved Father of the late Anthony “Little Tony” Dwigun, Laura (Michael) Stephens, Terry (Aubrey) Buchwald, David (Sherri) Buchwald, Janet Buchwald, Thomas (Linda) Buchwald, Charlene (Cary) Oliver, and Edward (Donna) Buchwald; loving grandfather of Bradley, Nathan, Bryn, Madison, Brooks, Christopher (Megan), Kevin (Melissa), Nathan (Alyssa), Alicia, Justin (Melissa), Elayna, Lukas, Therasa, Corrine, Curtis (Brandy), Cory, Connie (Brett), Michael, and Nicole; also survived by 17 great-grandchildren; cherished brother of Jerry (Karen) Dwigun and Irene (Harry) McDonald; and predeceased by his parents Wasilij and Ludmila Dwigun and his sister Elvira (Jim) Cloos; also survived by many loving family members. Friends and family will be received Tues. 3/1, 4-8 PM and Wed. 3/2, 4-8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Rd. West Seneca, NY 14224 716-674-5776. A Prayer Service will take place at Thurs. 3/3, 9:15 AM at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thurs. 3/3, 10:15 AM at St. Gabriel’s RC Church in Elma, NY. Flowers gratefully accepted. Online condolences can be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com. Tony will be laid to rest at WNY National Cemetery in Corfu, NY to honor his service to our nation.
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Tuesday
1
March

Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Wednesday
2
March

Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Thursday
3
March

Prayer Service

9:15 am
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Rd.
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-674-5776
Thursday
3
March

Mass of Christian Burial

10:15 am
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Saint Gabriel's RC Church
5271 Clinton St.
Elma, New York, United States
716-668-4017