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A Mass of Christian Burial for Martin Emmett O'Connor, 76, a fitter for the Buffalo Tank Division of Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 33 years, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.

Prayers will be said at 9 in the Reddington Funeral Home, 657 Abbott Road. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

O'Connor, a native and lifelong resident of Lackawanna, was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory Elementary School and Lackawanna High School. Before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1942, he had a gas station on South Park Avenue.

He served in Europe during World War II, joining Buffalo Tank after his discharge in 1945. He retired from the Bethlehem Steel division in 1978.

O'Connor was an usher and a member of the parish council at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, which he attended all his life. He also was a member of Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus; Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion; the Knights of Equity, and J.B. Weber Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed golf and bowling.

Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Francis; two sons, Thomas of Clay and Martin Jr. of Lackawanna; a daughter, Kathleen Cohen of Lackawanna; two sisters, Mary of Lackawanna and Eileen Rechlin of Salamanca; a brother, Thomas of Lackawanna, and eight grandchildren.

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