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A Mass of Christian Burial for Russell LaVerde, 68, of 10th Street, a retired engineer for the Niagara Junction Railway, was offered today in Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church, 1120 Niagara St, following prayers in the M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.

LaVerde, a Buffalo native, died Saturday (May 20, 1989) in Lockport Memorial Hospital after apparently suffering a heart attack.

He had lived in Niagara Falls since childhood and was a 1938 graduate of Niagara Falls High School.

He retired in 1982 as an engineer at Niagara Junction. Earlier he was brakeman for the railroad. Before that, was employed by the former Bell Aircraft Corp., now Bell Aerospace Division of Textron, and as a foreman for the Elia Construction Co., Niagara Falls, during construction of the State Power Authority's Robert Moses Power Plant.

He served with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Survivors are his wife, the former Maryann Wojciechowska; two daughters, Jacquelyn Socie of Sanborn and Vanita Calzi of East Amherst; a son, Daniel J. of the Town of Niagara; eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

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