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Frank Ricigliano, supervisor of paraprofessionals in federal programs for the Buffalo Public Schools, died Tuesday (June 26, 1990) at Columbus Hospital following a brief illness. He was 59.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ricigliano will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Williamsville, following prayers at 9 at the Amigone Chapel, Sheridan Drive and Hopkins Road, Amherst.

Born and raised in Buffalo, he attended School 3 and Grover Cleveland High School. He was an outstanding gymnast with the Buffalo Turners and a city diving champion in his youth.

Ricigliano served in the Korean War and completed his education at Canisius College after returning home from combat. He joined the Buffalo Public Schools in September 1957 as a teacher at School 53.

With the inception of special federal aid to education in 1966, Ricigliano transferred to the school system's central office to serve as project administrator for the after-school Plus Program. When that program ended, he was appointed supervisor of paraprofessionals in federal projects, where he was responsible for 300 employees in remedial programs.

Ricigliano belonged to the Central Office Educators Association, the Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators, the New York State Association of Compensatory Educators and the Buffalo Schoolmasters Bowling League.

He was the widower of the former Yvonne Marie La Guardia.

Surviving are his mother, Rose Marie; a son, Frank Jr. of Williamsville; a daughter, Maria of Williamsville, and a sister, Evelyn Nigro.

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