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Joseph W. Lauzonis Sr., 82, a retired machine operator, died Saturday (Sept. 27, 1997) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after becoming ill in his Lewiston home.

Lauzonis was born in Boston, Mass., and came to Niagara Falls at the age of 12. The family moved to Lewiston in 1951.

A longtime Carborundum Co. employee, Lauzonis worked as a machine operator in the Buffalo Avenue plant in Niagara Falls for 42 years.

He was a member of St. George's Catholic Church, Carborundum's 25-Year Club, St. Stanislaus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel senior citizens organizations and Our Lady of the Rosary senior citizens.

He enjoyed gardening and carpentry.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Helen G. Rybarczyk; two sons, Richard and Joseph W. Jr.; a daughter, Joyce Warner of Syracuse; two brothers, Anthony of Niagara Falls and William of Richmond, Va.; three sisters, Helen Wrobel and Nellie Tubinis, both of Niagara Falls, and Patricia Schultz; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. George's Church, 1910 E. Falls St., Niagara Falls, with prayers at 9 in Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th St., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

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