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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Harry J. Solarek, Sr., 71, of 12 Chamberlain Ave., Bradford, PA

Harry J. Solarek, Sr., 71, of 12 Chamberlain Ave., passed away, after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 22, 1938, in Bradford he was a son of the late Harry G. and Helen E. (Palumbo) Solarek.

On October 7, 1967 in St. Mary's Church in Olean, he married Shirley G. Maine, who passed away January 22, 2007.

Mr. Solarek was a 1957 graduate of Bradford Area High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on October 16, 1957 and served in Kansas, Alaska, and Greenland, he was honorable discharged on May 10, 1962. He returned to Bradford and worked for ACME Grocery Store in Olean where he meet his wife, Trico Industries, and W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery. He also worked for his son at S & L Property Holdings.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, where he was an usher and assisted in cleaning the church.

Mr. Solarek is survived by a daughter, Linda S. Showalter of Annapolis, MD; two sons Harry Solarek, II of Bradford and Paul Solarek of Orlando, FL,and his extended family.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters: Theresa Driehaup and Mary Cummiskey.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday August 31, 2009 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9PM at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main St. where a prayer service will be held on Tuesday September 1, 2009 at 9:30AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Francis of Assisi Church, with Father Samuel B. Slocum, pastor and Rev. Leo J. Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church, con-celebrating.

Committal services, military honors and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the McKean County Habitat for Humanity, 54 E. Corydon St., Bradford, Pa 16701.

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