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ELMER WISBAUM, OPERATED HARDWARE STORE
SEPT. 5, 1909 -- NOV. 11, 2004

Elmer Hy Wisbaum of Lee, Mass., formerly of Niagara Falls, died Thursday in Kimball Farm Healthcare Center in Lenox, Mass., after a brief illness. He was 95.

Born in Niagara Falls, he received a bachelor's degree from Niagara University and a master's degree from the University of Michigan.

During World War II, Mr. Wisbaum served in the U.S. Army Infantry.

He owned and operated Hertel Hardware and Plumbing in Buffalo for about 50 years before retiring in the early 1980s.

Mr. Wisbaum was a former member of Temple Beth Israel in Niagara Falls and Temple Shaarey Zedek in Amherst.

He was an avid card player who taught bridge while he was in the Army and enjoyed weekly poker games.

His wife of 46 years, Hornice Ann Cohen Wisbaum, died in 1986.

Survivors include two daughters, Aileen Bliss of Stockbridge, Mass., and Maxine Wisbaum-Hubacker of Pittsfield, Mass; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday in Temple Beth Israel, 905 College Ave., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Beth Israel Cemetery, Lewiston.

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