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AUG. 21, 1919 -- MARCH 14, 2005

A memorial Mass for Arthur J. Rago Sr., a former Buffalo-area resident, was offered March 19 in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, Fla.

Mr. Rago, 85, died March 14 in Tandem Nursing Home, Vero Beach, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Lyons, he graduated from Lyons High School and came to Buffalo in the early 1940s. He was a production worker at Curtiss-Wright Corp. during World War II.

He then worked in shipping and receiving at several companies, including Kobler and Miller Furniture in downtown Buffalo, Dubois Plastics and Buffalo Forge. He later worked in the supplies department at Erie County Medical Center and Erie Community College and in the maintenance department at the University at Buffalo. He moved to Fort Pierce, Fla., 19 years ago.

A former resident of Cheektowaga and the Town of Tonawanda, he was a member of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church in Cheektowaga and its Holy Name Society. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member for many years of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Association.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Antoinette DeVito; a son, Arthur J. Jr. of Lancaster; two daughters, Donna Marie Smith of Cheektowaga and Rosanne DiLaura of Niagara Falls; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


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