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LUCY C. LEONE, DIOCESE OF BUFFALO WORKER
AUG. 15, 1909 -- MARCH 30, 2005

Lucy C. Leone's family on Saturday recalled the warm letter that Bishop Edward D. Head sent her when she retired after working 19 years in the Diocese of Buffalo Chancery office.

"He said he 'expected the two of them would be together in the future,' " recalled her daughter, Janice Hodan of Kenmore.

On Tuesday, Bishop Head died. On the following day, Mrs. Leone, a resident of Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village, died in Sisters Hospital at age 95.

Born Lucy C. Gianni in Buffalo, she worked for years in sales at Hens & Kelly and Berger's department stores. After nearly 20 years with the Diocese of Buffalo, she retired in 1993.

She was the widow of Joseph S., who died in 1994.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by a son, Joseph of Mayville; two sisters, Marie Pollina and Rosine Lorefice, both of the Town of Tonawanda; a brother, Virgil Gianni of Kenmore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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