Joseph Panone, 88, of Buffalo, a retired machinist who worked at the Buffalo Courier-Express for 26 years, died Monday (Oct. 21, 1996) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Bellaire, Ohio, he was a competitive bodybuilder in his youth and remained active as a barbell instructor. He competed until recently in the Senior Olympics and won gold medals in several events.
Panone earned a diploma from Hutchinson-Central High School in the 1940s. He was a steward for the Machinists Union, retiring from the Courier-Express in 1975.
He was lifetime member of the YMCA, a Boy Scout troop leader at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and a member of the choir and the Holy Name Society at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church. He also was a member of Salvation Army and the Strutters Dance Group.
He enjoyed dancing and physical fitness. He and his wife, Catherine Aliotta Panone, would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary today.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Joseph of St. Paul, Minn.; three daughters, Donna Kramer of St. Petersburg, Fla., Carmela Baty of Isle of Palm, S.C., and Leonora Carscallen; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Loretto Church, 172 15th St. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave.
Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.[dndrsn]