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Irene Baio, a former production worker and foster grandmother, died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness. She was 80.

Born Irene Ceretto in Pont Canvese, Italy, she came to Niagara Falls with her family as a child. She was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School.

In the 1940s, Mrs. Baio was employed by Moore Business Forms, where she worked in the production department on Highland Avenue. She became a foster grandparent in the 1980s and worked at 24th Street School.

She enjoyed crocheting, bingo, cooking, reading and writing.

Her husband, John M., died in 1973.

She is survived by three sons, Joseph of Lewiston, John of Niagara Falls and Michael of Youngstown; two daughters, Mary Shanley of St. Paul, Minn., and Joanne Mangels of Edison, N.J.; two sisters, Flora DelBrocco of Baton Rouge, La., and Mary Bulka of Margate, Fla.; two brothers, Dominick Ceretto of Niagara Falls and Ralph Guerrucci of Lewiston; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, after prayers at 11 in M.J. Colucci and Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


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