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A memorial service for Wallace J. Stakel, who served as Genesee County district attorney for 21 years, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. James Episcopal Church, Batavia.

Stakel, 79, died Thursday (May 25, 1989) in a Yarmouth, Maine, nursing home after a long illness. He had lived in Falmouth, Maine, since 1987.

Born in Batavia, Stakel graduated from Cornell University and the University of Buffalo Law School. He practiced law for more than 50 years in Batavia as a partner in the firm of Stakel, Suttell, Found, Rybak and Earll. During that time, he served as district attorney and also served 10 years as city attorney.

His wife, Gertrude Nobles Stakel, died in 1987, and he moved to Falmouth that year.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet S. Warner of Cleveland; a son, Robert W. of Falmouth; a brother, Frederick C. of New Canaan, Conn., and five grandchildren.

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