Aug. 24, 1919 – Aug. 13, 2013
Salvatore A. Mantione, a World War II Army veteran who enjoyed a long career as a General Motors employee and United Auto Workers member, died Tuesday in Elderwood Skilled Nursing Facility at Maplewood, Cheektowaga. He was 93.
Born and raised in Pittston, Pa., Mr. Mantione graduated from Pittston High School in 1937. During the war, he was a submachine and anti-aircraft gunner and was assigned to Panama and the Aleutian Islands.
After the war, Mr. Mantione returned to Pennsylvania and held various jobs, including owning a shoemaker shop, before moving to Buffalo and joining the GM plant in the Town of Tonawanda. He retired in 1982.
Family members described Mr. Mantione as a born entertainer who loved to make others happy. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, music, reading and travel adventures. He was a member of the Pittston Social Club and North Buffalo Senior Center, a parishioner of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Kenmore, and an officer of American Legion Post 1041.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Florence Bogdon; two sons, Joseph and Philip; daughter Mary; and brother Charles.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wedekindt Inc. Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.