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Joseph Lata, retired Buffalo News printer May 27, 1926 -- April 30, 2012

Joseph Lata, of North Tonawanda, a retired printer with The Buffalo News, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 85.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended local schools. He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1954 as an aviation machinist aboard the Sampson, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

After his military service, he went to work as a printer with The News, retiring in 1990.

Mr. Lata volunteered for Compeer and Visions Unlimited. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

His wife, Mary A. Luczywek Lata, died in 2002.

Survivors include three daughters, Joanne Macswan, Patricia O'Rourke and Jeanne Marohn, and a sister, Genevieve Smith.

A memorial service, with military honors, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th St. at Welch Avenue, Niagara Falls.

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