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Louis Proietto, retired barber, veteran Dec. 21, 1916 -- Jan. 25, 2006

A memorial Mass for Louis Proietto, a retired barber, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave. It will be followed by a military service. Burial will be in Bay Pines National Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. Proietto died Jan. 25 in his St. Petersburg home after a long illness. He was 89.

Born in Pittston, Pa., the only boy among six sisters, he was apprenticed to a barber by his father at age 12. He became a full-fledged barber at 16. He was a military policeman in the Army, serving stateside during World War II.

Mr. Proietto moved to Buffalo after his discharge from the Army and worked for more than 40 years at the West Ferry Barber Shop, West Ferry and Main streets, retiring in 1983. A Florida resident since he retired, he continued to cut hair for family and friends until last November.

He served as president of the Pittston Social Club of Buffalo and was known for his jokes and stories about the old days.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Kate Licata; a son, Joseph of Delray Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Toni Marie DiLeo of Buffalo; five sisters, Nancy Tomaro of Mantua, N.J., Angeline D'Aloia of West Orange, N.J., Faye Pelenero of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Josie Rubino of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Katherine Leo of Aliquippa, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.


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