Joseph E. Buffone, 71, of Plaza Drive died Saturday (Sept. 18, 1999) in Olean General Hospital after being stricken on a visit to the Southern Tier.
Buffone was born in Niagara Falls and attended local schools. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1948 to June 1952.
After his discharge from the Army, he worked for 28 years at the former Kimberly-Clark Co. plant. After it closed, he took a warehouse job at the former Cataract Door Co., where he worked for 17 years. Buffone then worked for six years in the warehouse at Gui's Lumber, Town of Niagara, retiring in 1993.
Buffone was a former member of the LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, where he taught archery. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golf, and woodworking.
He was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a member of the Italian-American War Veterans and Cataract Lodge 240, Italian Sons and Daughters of America.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Virginia Jean Perez; two daughters, Judith A. Roche of Youngstown and Joanne Sanicola; his brother, Eugene; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Church, 14th Street and Pine Avenue. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.