Joseph Trecate of Cheektowaga, a retired forklift driver and World War II veteran, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 81.
Born in Wilbur, Pa., he served with the Army's 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in World War II. He was wounded and listed as missing in action during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Mr. Trecate was judge advocate of Chapter 187, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Buffalo, and a member of Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans.
An area resident since 1954, he worked as a forklift driver at the General Motors Corp. plant on East Delavan Avenue from 1956 until his retirement in 1976.
Survivors include his wife, the former Isolina G. Lucca; a daughter, Michelle-Teri Poch of Cleveland; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, Cheektowaga, after prayers in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, Cheektowaga. Burial was in Somerset, Pa.