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Frank J. Marchese Sr., veteran, longtime VA officer

Jan. 5, 1921 – Oct. 25, 2013

Frank J. Marchese Sr., a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, died Friday at United Memorial Hospital in Batavia after a brief illness. He was 92.

Born in Hartford, Ark., Mr. Marchese moved to Western New York in 1940. During the second World War, Mr. Marchese served with the Army’s Heavy Artillery Division and received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in combat. He received the Meritorious Service Award from New York State upon his retirement from the Veterans Administration in 1977, which recognized his 37 years of service as a chief claims officer for the VA’s claims department.

Mr. Marchese enjoyed golf and bowling, and he was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Disabled Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was president emeritus of the New York State chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and he prepared tax returns for senior citizens as a volunteer.

Mr. Marchese’s wife of 69 years, the former Frances Nirelli, died in January. Survivors include a daughter, MaryBeth Ambrose; two sons, Joseph F. and Frank J. Jr.; and a sister, Carmella Iozzia.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.

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