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ERNEST SIEGRIST, CAPTAIN IN FALLS FIRE DEPT.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ernest Siegrist, 62, of 70th Street will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church, 8469 Buffalo Ave. Prayers will be said at 9 in the Lane Funeral Home, 8622 Buffalo Ave. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Siegrist, a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died Saturday (Dec. 29, 1990) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness.

A Niagara Falls native, he retired as a captain from the Niagara Falls Fire Department in 1978 after a 21-year career. Siegrist twice received the Levy Brothers Award and, in 1971, was voted the department's most congenial member. He also was active in the department's Leo Heck Toy Fund and served as vice president of the Niagara Falls Fire Department Union 714.

Siegrist also worked 10 years for the Olin Matheson Corp.

In the Navy, he saw service in China and during the occupation of Japan after World War II.

Siegrist was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion Post 1471 in Wheatfield; the Olin Matheson Retired Men's Club; the Loyal Order of the Moose, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

He was the husband of the former Pearl Burns.

Survivors also include two daughters, Dawn Kupiec of Wheatfield and Linda Cornell; a son, Thomas J., and four grandchildren.

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