Jan. 29, 1933 – Jan. 25, 2016
NIAGARA FALLS – Louis S. Muraca of Niagara Falls, a retired auto salesman, died Jan. 25 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 82.
Born in Niagara Falls, he was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War and later in the Army Reserve.
Mr. Muraca worked briefly at Bell Aerospace, then went into auto sales. He was a salesman for Krueger Motors for more than 25 years. He later worked for Colonial Ford and retired from Muck Motors.
During the 1970s, he also tended bar at the former Switchyard in Niagara Falls.
He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He also was a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society.
In his youth, he was an avid swimmer. In later years, he enjoyed making wine and driving his Pontiac Solstice sports car with the license plate “Unc Lou 3.”
His wife of 47 years, the former Mary E. Centofanti, died in 2004.
Survivors include two daughters, Janis Hamner and Lisa Restaino; a son, Louis J.; two sisters, Sally Wieser and Jerri Baker; a brother, Ralph Aversa; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave.