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A Mass of Christian Burial for Francis "Chick" Ceppaglia, 84, a familiar figure in area food markets for more than 50 years and an active Catholic layman, was offered today in Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, Lancaster. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Swormville.

The Village of Lancaster resident died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Gioia del Colle, Province de Bari, Italy, Ceppaglia emigrated to Buffalo in 1928 and moved to Lancaster two years later. He started his career in food service with an independent grocery in 1932, at age 16.

In 1937, he moved to A&P supermarkets, and except for a three-year stint in the Army during World War II, was with the chain until it closed its Western New York stores in 1975. He was a meat department manager for most of that time, mainly in the Lancaster area.

Ceppaglia worked another 10 years in the Broadway Market before retiring in 1985.

He became an altar boy in Our Lady of Pompeii Church shortly after moving to Lancaster and later served as an usher for many years. In 1959, he helped form a Catholic Youth Organization chapter at the church and became a third-degree member of Father John Schaus Council, Knights of Columbus.

Among his hobbies were photography, hunting, fishing, golf and gardening. He was a longtime member of the East Aurora Fish & Game Club and a member of Attica Golf Club since 1965.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Angela Marzella; two daughters, Mary Ann Appel of Alden and Paula Scarpello of Lancaster; three sons, Philip, Samuel and Mark, all of Lancaster; two sisters, Isabelle of Lancaster and Mae Nastico of Alden; a brother, Anthony of Marilla; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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