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Joseph D. Grisanti, owned West Side grocery store

April 28, 1926 – Nov. 5, 2016

Obit pic for Joseph GrisantiJoseph D. Grisanti, of Cheektowaga, who operated a grocery store on Buffalo’s West Side for many years, died Saturday in Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga. He was 90.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Lafayette High School and worked in his family’s grocery store on Garner Avenue as a boy.

In 1945, Mr. Grisanti’s parents opened the Potomac Superette at Potomac Avenue and Hoyt Street, a neighborhood grocery store that provided produce, fresh meats and home delivery. Following the death of his parents in the 1950s, he owned and operated the store with his late brother Salvatore. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Grisanti was active in the Romulus Club and the Retail Grocers Association. He was a member of the Seniors Club at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church and the church bowling league.

Known for his sense of humor and his generosity to those in need, he also was an outstanding ballroom dancer and won many dance competitions.

His wife of 42 years, the former Yolanda Faralino, died in 1988. He was remarried in 1999 to the former Marjorie A. McAlee.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Marie Sullivan and Jeanette Helms; a son, Michael; two sisters, Josephine DeAntonis and Faye Greco; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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