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Joseph P. DiFonzo, engineer
Oct. 9, 1933 -- Jan. 6. 2006

Joseph P. DiFonzo of Lewiston, a retired engineer who was active in the Lockport community, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital. He was 73.

Born in Somerville, Mass., he was a 1951 graduate of Somerville High School and earned a chemical engineering degree in 1956 from Tufts University, Medford, Mass.

After graduating, Mr. DiFonzo moved to Lockport and worked in management in the engineering department of General Motors' Harrison Radiator plant. He retired in 1991 after 36 years on the job.

During his retirement years, he worked as a consultant through World Bank World Wide and was instrumental in the construction of factories in Venezuela, Mexico and England. He retired as a consultant in 2001.

As a Lockport resident, he was an active member of the Lockport Catholic School Board for several years. He moved to Lewiston in 1997, where he was a parishioner of St. Peter Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Linda J. Mangold; six daughters, Anne Marie Melzer, Jeanine Pavkovic, Cathleen Lupisella, Jane P. Kusmierz, Maureen Matteson and Carolyn; four sons, Paul J., Thomas, Daniel J. and Michael J.; two brothers, Anthony and Frank; and a sister, Anna Corbett.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Peter Church, 620 Center St. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in Rhoney Funeral Home, Cayuga and South Ninth streets.


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