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A Mass of Christian Burial for Stephen J. Nezezon, 78, of North Tonawanda, who served with the Army's 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion in the Normandy invasion during World War II, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1451 Payne Ave.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Saber Funeral Home, 549 Oliver St. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

Nezezon, a native of Richmond, Ind., died unexpectedly Thursday (Feb. 22, 2001) in Parish Medical Center, Titusville, Fla., while on a monthlong visit to that state.

He received the Purple Heart for being wounded in the Normandy invasion. He lived in North Tonawanda for more than 65 years and was a director, past president and life member of the Tonawanda Bowling Association. He was inducted into the association's Hall of Fame in 1998.

Nezezon, who retired from Weyerhauser Lumber Co., was a city, county and state committeeman for the Democratic Party and a civil defense director for the City of North Tonawanda.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marie A. Sauers; four daughters, Mary "Candy" Saxon and Janet Herman, both of North Tonawanda, Ann Linderman of the Town of Tonawanda and Pamela Gatto of the Town of Lewiston; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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