Joseph D. Thomann, 83, a former area resident who moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., more than 30 years ago, died last Saturday (Oct. 19, 1996) in Tampa.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence.
A Buffalo native, Thomann was a former partner of Thomann Asphalt Paving in the Town of Tonawanda and worked for 14 years for General Development Corp. before moving to Florida where he owned a lawn business for 12 years.
He was the first grand knight of the Knights of Columbus 5399 and one of the founders of 4th Degree, St. Jude Council in 1963 in Port Charlotte.
He also was the Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus for many years and was involved with St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port Charlotte.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Grace.
Survivors include his wife, Florence; seven sons, Ronald J. of Columbia, Md., George of Gainesville, Ga., Daniel of O'Fallon, Ill., Anthony of North Port, Fla., and Joseph E., William and Bernard, each of Port Charlotte; five daughters, Madeleine Loewer of Clarence, Diane Schultz of Lockport, Christine Jones of North Tonawanda, Linda Miller of Jacksonville, Fla., and Marie Tucker of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, Dennis of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Bernard of Kenmore; three sisters, Lorraine Rohring and Mary Ann Roland, both of the Town of Tonawanda, and Virginia Hall of Williamsville; 35 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.