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James A. Fleckenstein Sr., 86, of Palmer Road, a former building contractor and a retired town assessor in Wilson, died Monday (Sept. 13, 1999) in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Oil City, Pa., and moved to Niagara Falls in 1943. He had been a resident of Ransomville since 1947.

Fleckenstein was a graduate of St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Oil City and Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, where he studied accounting.

He also received education in horticulture at Niagara Park Horticulture School, Niagara Falls, Ont.

After moving to Ransomville, he began working as a building contractor, starting James A. Fleckenstein and Sons.

He stayed in that business for 25 years. He was the assessor in Wilson for 10 years, retiring in 1979.

He enjoyed working in his greenhouses at his home, growing flowers and vegetables.

He was a member, trustee and chairman of the Catholic Charities Appeal at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Oil City.

Fleckenstein was a scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 27 in Ransomville for many years.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary E. Stubler; four sons, James A. Jr. of Fairport, Peter R., Thomas and Joseph; two sisters, Virginia Maedl of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Johanna Heher of Erie, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Church, 4671 Townline Road.

Burial will be in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria.


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