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Joseph J. McHugh, 83, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired home loan officer for the Veterans Administration, died Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2001) in Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla., after a brief illness. He was spending the winter in Florida.

A native of Buffalo, he graduated from South Park High School and attended the University of Buffalo. He served in the Army during World War II in North Africa, Corsica and Italy.

He worked for the VA for 30 years, retiring in 1976.

He was a bowling and handball enthusiast and was a member of the St. Amelia's Holy Name Society; Council 84, Knights of Columbus; Lodge 416, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Florence Mathews McHugh; two daughters, Marilyn Rochester of Colden and Janis Hartman of Ann Arbor, Mich.; four sons, Joseph W. of Sterling Heights, Mich., Michael P. of Solon, Ohio, and William L. and James R., both of Buffalo; a sister, Margaret Gill of Clearwater, Fla.; and 21 grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 in St. Amelia's Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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