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PAUL J. MECCA, RETIRED STEELWORKER
MAY 12, 1919 -- APRIL 19, 2005

A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul J. Mecca of Cheektowaga, a retired steelworker, will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 2049 George Urban Blvd., Depew. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Mecca died Tuesday in Seneca Health Care Facility, West Seneca, after a brief illness. He was 85.

The Buffalo native graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School and attended evening classes at D'Youville College.

He served in the Army Air Forces from 1944 to 1946, including duty in World War II. He left the service as a corporal.

During a 35-year career at Bethlehem Steel Corp., he was a steelworker, expediter and truck driver and served as a union steward. He retired in 1980.

He and Rose K. Leggio were married Nov. 21, 1940, in St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Buffalo. Their children honored them with a 60th anniversary party in 2000.

Mr. Mecca was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus and a past commander of both the Holy Cross Holy Name Society and the St. Barnabas Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Cursillo Seniors and St. Barnabas Seniors.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rosemary E. Michalek of Lancaster; a son, Paul M. of West Seneca; a sister, Marie Costello of Williamsville; a brother, John A. of Lackawanna; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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