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Warren C. Derner, 79, of Mount Upton, a retired Western Electric assistant engineer, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) in New York State Veterans Home, Oxford, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Buffalo, where he graduated from Riverside High School in 1938. He later attended the University of Buffalo for a year.

He married Helen Kamieniarz in 1942.

Derner served as a yeoman first class in the Navy during World War II.

He worked as an assistant engineer for Western Electric for 30 years. He retired in 1978.

He and his wife lived in the City of Tonawanda for 30 years. They lived in South Carolina before moving to Mount Upton six years ago.

Derner was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Sidney. He also was a member of the American Legion, the Pioneer Club of AT&T and Catholic Charities of Western New York.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Gail P. Fuller of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Michelle Hoffman of Mount Upton and Susan Wegrzyn of Grand Island; two sons, Warren of Buffalo and Gary W. of the City of Tonawanda; two sisters, Evelyn Dragich of the City of Tonawanda and Dorothy Sauerwein of Bedford, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held today in Sacred Heart Church, Sidney. A Buffalo memorial service will be scheduled.

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