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Rodolfo "Frenchy" Franchi, 68, of 20th Street, died Sunday (Sept. 19, 1999) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a lengthy illness.

Franchi, who was born in Pietracamela, Italy, was educated in Italy and came to the United States in 1947, settling first in Massillon, Ohio.

He moved to Niagara Falls seven years later after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953.

Franchi worked for 35 years at Occidental Chemical Corp., formerly Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Co., retiring in 1990.

He was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Nilla Sabatini; three daughters, Sandra Pascucci, Nancy Garvey, and Debra; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Church, 14th Street and Pine Avenue, after prayers at 8:45 in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

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