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Norman W. Urtel, 85, of Cayuga Street, a former purchasing agent at Carborundum Co., died Sunday (July 20, 1997) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Niagara Falls, graduated from Niagara Falls High School and attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute for a year.

He worked at Carborundum in Niagara Falls for 41 years, retiring in 1974 and moving to Lewiston.

He was a member of Niagara Falls Country Club for 44 years and recently received an honorary life membership. He was also a former member of the LaSalle Yacht Club.

His hobbies included bowling, golf, stamp collecting and woodworking.

His first wife, Marian Kay Urtel, died in 1952. His second wife, Marie Littlewood Urtel, died in 1980.

After the death of his second wife, Urtel was regularly seen having breakfast in the Village Coffee Shop and lunch and dinner in Tin Pan Alley, a Lewiston restaurant. On his daily walks, he frequently stopped to talk to everyone he met.

While living in Niagara Falls, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church. In Lewiston, he was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Doris N. Denn, and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. today in Rhoney Funeral Home, Cayuga and South Ninth streets. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

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