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Ernest Bursch of Buffalo, a retired purchasing agent and past president of Ernbur Wholesale Inc., died Saturday (July 26, 1997) in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Fosdick-Masten High School and attended the University of Buffalo.

Bursch was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He worked as a purchasing agent and treasurer for Bos-Hatten in Buffalo for 42 years before retiring in 1987. In 1985, he started his own company, Ernbur Wholesale, selling hardware supplies. He retired from that business in 1995.

Bursch was past commander of Kensington Post 708, American Legion; past pooh-bah of the Gavaliers, an organization for purchasing-agent officers; and a member of the Purchasing Management Association.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Elsie Coppock; a son, Edward of Tully; three daughters, Ernelle Ponivas of Cheektowaga, Elaine Benton of Darien Center and Ellen Stabler of Angola; a sister, Irene Santora of Cheektowaga; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Sieck & Mast Funeral Home, 4614 Main St., Snyder. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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