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AUG. 1, 1910 -- NOV. 18, 2004

Francis G. Neaf, a retired carpenter, died Thursday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a short illness. He was 94.

Mr. Neaf was born in St. Louis, and quit school in the sixth grade to go to work after his father died.

He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II and earned five Bronze Stars. Mr. Neaf led an anti-aircraft gun crew that was stationed in France, Germany and in Buffalo, where he would meet his future wife.

Mr. Neaf worked as a carpenter at Wickwire-Spencer Steel until it closed in 1963, and at Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District before retiring in 1975.

He enjoyed planting and tending his garden, and woodworking. He was a parishioner and usher at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Amherst.

His wife, the former Mary E. Loncher, died in 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Maria E. Dommer of East Amherst; two sons, Dennis M. and James C., both of East Amherst; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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