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A Mass of Christian Burial for Francis A. Acara, a grocer and letter carrier, will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Sheridan Drive and Elmwood Avenue, Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 9:45 in the D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in United German and French Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Acara, 83, died Sunday (Dec. 9, 1990) in his Kenmore home after a long illness.

A Buffalo native, he graduated from the former Hutchinson High School, then went to work for the family business, the Elmwood Food Shop, a grocery and specialty store on Elmwood Avenue between Breckenridge and Ferry streets. He operated the store with his late brother, Joseph, and sister Rose M. until 1957.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, achieving the rank of sergeant.

Acara also was a letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office from 1960 to 1973. He worked out of the branch at 1245 Main St.

He also worked part time as a clerk and a driver for Bigham-Dambach Pharmacy at 720 Elmwood.

Acara was an avid golfer and a member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, Town of Tonawanda, and the Holy Name Society of St. Andrew's Church.

Besides his sister Rose, he is survived by his wife, the former Claire Buscaglia; a son, Marc C. of Kenmore, and two other sisters, Mary A. Siragusa and Frances C. Acara.

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