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Journalist Burzynski found place in public relations, military

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| Sunday, May 24, 2015 9:00 p.m
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Norman Stephen Burzynski, 86, died May 22, 2015.

N.S. Burzynski used to sit in the bleachers with a manual typewriter while covering high school football games for the Signal-Item, a weekly newspaper in Carnegie.

Sometimes his wife, Ann, would join him. If he were under a tight deadline, he would dictate the story to her.

“They were a great team,” said their daughter, Karin Burzynski.

Norman Stephen Burzynski died Friday, May 22, 2015, of natural causes in Luray, Va. He was 86.

Mr. Burzynski eventually left the Signal-Item to work in public relations at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. He later worked in public affairs for the Air Force Reserve and edited The Officer, a military magazine for reserve officers.

He moved to northern Virginia about 20 years ago, “but always considered himself a Pittsburgher,” Karin Burzynski said.

Mr. Burzynski was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Pittsburgh to Ladyslaus and Eleanor Burzynski. He graduated from Carrick High School in 1947.

He studied journalism at the University of Pittsburgh. He left school to serve in the Army during the Korean War, but finished his degree when he returned home, Karin Burzynski said.

Mr. Burzynski served in the National Guard, Air National Guard and Air Force. He had more than 40 years of military service.

“He was the consummate officer and gentleman,” Karin Burzynski said.

He enjoyed fishing, aviation and photographing Civil War re-enactments. He loved pistachios, licorice and ice cream.

“We’d let him have whatever he wanted,” said his son, John Burzynski. “That’s the diet if you want to live to 86.”

Mr. Burzynski is survived by his children, Michael Burzynski of Columbia, Md., Stephanie Reisdorf of Midlothian, Va., Eric Burzynski of Chantilly, Va., Karin Burzynski of Miami, John Burzynski of Honolulu and Joan Burnett of Colorado Springs; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Adams Burzynski.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Luray. Mr. Burzynski will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827 or traap@tribweb.com.

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