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Dr. Joseph D. Matteliano, Amherst dentist Oct. 8, 1941 -- Feb. 2, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. Joseph D. Matteliano, 64, an Amherst dentist who was killed in his home Thursday, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

Prayers will be said at 8:30 in Perna-Pellegrino Funeral Home, 1671 Maple Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

A Buffalo native, Dr. Matteliano practiced dentistry for more than 30 years in West Seneca and was a member of the 8th District Dental Society. He was a graduate of the University at Buffalo's School of Dentistry, where he served as class president each of his four years.

In a contrast to the violent end he suffered at his Kim Circle home, where he was fatally stabbed, his family remembered him as an accomplished musician, someone who deeply loved his grandchildren and was generous to those in need.

Since his days as a student at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, where he was an honor student, his love of music steadily grew. He could play the saxophone, guitar, drums, clarinet and electronic wind instruments and sing vocals.

He and his high school friends recorded an album as "Johnny Knight and the Counts."

In recent years, Dr. Matteliano organized, managed and played with three bands -- Dream Electrik, Sunday Cool and The Metro. The bands performed at different venues, including Canal Fest in the Tonawandas, the Tralf, and Higher Grounds Coffeehouse.

His talents also included photography and painting. But he also found time for his grandchildren and would often take them on all-day fishing trips in the summer.

Dr. Matteliano was known for making anonymous contributions to people in need. Last Christmas, he filled his car with toys and clothes he had purchased and took them to a shelter for women and children who were the victims of domestic violence.

In addition to his five grandchildren, he is survived by his wife, the former Diane Stutz of the Town of Tonawanda; two daughters, Jodie Ventura of Amherst and Andrea of Buffalo; his father, Anthony, and stepmother, Carmella, of Snyder; and a sister, Sharon Frisicaro of Clarence.


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