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ALOYSIUS J. SKOFF

A Mass of Christian Burial for Aloysius J. Skoff, who worked in the Engine Division of Chevrolet's River Road plant in the Town of Tonawanda for 35 years, will be offered at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 in the C. Mertz & Son Funeral Home, 911 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

Skoff, 75, an active member of the church for close to 50 years, died Saturday (Dec. 15, 1990) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a two-month illness.

"At this time of year, he used to dress up as Santa for the kids in the neighborhood," said his son, Robert P. of Detroit. "He had his own Santa suit, and he always gave out candy canes."

Skoff was born in Hazleton, Pa., where he attended public school. He moved to Buffalo in 1940 and, in 1942, to the Town of Tonawanda, where he was an active member of Neighborhood Watch. He retired from Chevrolet in 1974.

He was an usher at St. John's Church for 48 years and a member and past president of its Holy Name Society. He organized numerous dances, dinners and breakfasts at the church and was a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. He also was a member of the Loyola Guild of Western New York and the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society.

His wife of 42 years, Florence M. Drumb Skoff, died seven years ago.

Besides his son, he is survived by two sisters, Margaret Puhak and Arbutus Lynch, both of Hazleton; a brother, Joseph of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and three grandchildren.

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