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Raymond Eckert, 79, the founder of Ray's Sewing Machine Service, died Saturday (Sept. 4, 1999) at the Mitchell Campus of Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga after a long illness.

Born in Buffalo, he was a disabled veteran of World War II, having served in the Army in Newfoundland and North Africa.

In 1947, Eckert founded his business at 3269 Bailey Ave. In 1965, he moved it to 1862 Genesee St. Eventually, it relocated to 2153 Genesee, where it remains today. Eckert retired in 1982 but continued to work part time at the business.

Eckert, an Akron resident, belonged to Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Clarence, where he was an usher. He served as captain of the Buffalo Auxiliary Police and was a member of the Cheektowaga Post 2429, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, the former Agnes Ray; two daughters, Barbara J. Chlebowy and Deborah A. Burke, both of Cheektowaga; a sister, Theresa Wachowski; three brothers, Richard of West Seneca, Daniel of Spokane, Wash., and Arthur; and four grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 8440 Main St., Clarence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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