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Louis M. Molisani, hair stylist, WWII veteran

June 30, 1924 – Aug. 26, 2016

LOCKPORT – Louis M. Molisani, of Lockport, a retired hair stylist and World War II veteran, died Aug. 26 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 92.

The 11th of 14 children in an Italian immigrant family, he came to Lockport at the age of 2 and was a graduate of Lockport High School.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 18 and served in Africa, Sicily and Italy. Returning from service, he worked factory jobs until a friend suggested hair styling. After attending the Beauty School of Buffalo, he operated his own shop, “Mr. Louis,” on Union Street for many years.

In retirement, Mr. Molisani regularly visited residents of nursing homes in the Lockport area and was a morning regular at the Dale Association. He was given the Bette Dale Service Award in 2011.

“I’ve been a member 25 years, and over the years I’ve done everything from setting up the lunch tables for the nutrition program to giving a cooking lesson,” he told an interviewer after receiving the award. “I’ve been involved in all phases of the Dale Association. If they needed coffee, they’d say, ‘Louie, would you mind?’ and I would say, ‘Oh, sure.’ ”

He was nominated for Niagara County Senior Citizen of the Year in 2012.

Active in music and the arts, he was a member of the Lock City Glee Club, the Chopin Singing Society in Buffalo and the Taylor Theatre in Lockport. He also was a published poet, a painter and an award-winning member of the Kenan Quilters Guild.

A longtime parishioner at the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, he served as a lector and sang in the choir.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Oratory at All Saints Catholic Church, 391 Market St.

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