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Marie K. "Clara" Adornetto, a businesswoman who advised her husband in the family's auto wrecking business and also managed properties the couple owned on Bailey Avenue, died Friday (Sept. 24, 1999) in the Mitchell Campus of Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. She was 78.

Mrs. Adornetto was a past president of the Rosary and Altar Society of St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Eggertsville and a former director of the Marillac Guild of Sisters Hospital.

She was also a loving mother and grandmother, according to her eldest son, Frank, of the Town of Tonawanda.

"She was basically the matriarch of our family," he said. "She was very proud of her children and grandchildren."

The former Marie Ricigliano was born in Buffalo. She was a graduate of the old Hutchinson-Central High School and worked at the former Bell Aircraft Corp. in Wheatfield during World War II.

She and Joseph Adornetto were married in 1944. He and two other family members founded AA-1 Auto Wrecking on Hopkins Street several years later. He was president of the business, which was sold after his death in 1979.

Mrs. Adornetto, an Eggertsville resident since the early 1950s, was an avid golfer.

She was also a former member of St. Benedict's Bowling League and an honorary member of the Buffalo Launch Club.

Survivors besides her son Frank include two other sons, John of East Amherst and Peter of Clarence; two sisters, Frances Cirrincione and Theresa Blatner; a brother, Sebastian Ricigliano; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held today in St. Benedict's Church, Eggertsville. Entombment was in Forest Lawn.

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