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JAN. 21, 1910 - NOV. 8, 2004

A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael Barberio, a former heavy-equipment operator and retired plumber, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. William's Catholic Church, 1 Arcade St., at Harlem Road, West Seneca. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Road, West Seneca.

Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.

Mr. Barberio, a longtime West Seneca resident, died Monday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 94.

Born in Cincinnati, he came to Buffalo with his family at a young age.

He was a member of Local 17, Operating Engineers, starting in the 1950s. He was a heavy-equipment operator for many years before joining Plumbers Local 22 in the early 1970s. He retired in the late 1970s.

Mr. Barberio was with the West Seneca Auxiliary Police and was honored for his 50 years of service.

He was a member of the West Seneca Pistol Club, the Suburban Outdoor Pistol League and the Winchester Rod and Gun Club. He also was a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 138 and a noble degree knight with the Knights of St. John.

His wife of more than 50 years, Clara Santucci Barberio, died in 1992.

Mr. Barberio is survived by four daughters, Patricia Peterson and Christina Salisbury, both of West Seneca, Judith Heaton of Strykersville and Noreen Galus of Hamburg; a son, Michael Jr. of Hamburg; a sister, Edith Majda,; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.


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