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Leonard Giarrano, 66, a retired lawyer who battled heart problems for 30 years, died Wednesday (Oct. 1, 1997) at his home in Venice, Fla.

He graduated from Canisius College and the University of Buffalo Law School and was a senior associate at the firm of Lewis & Lewis until retiring about five years ago. He also formerly owned the Columbus Travel Agency.

While in college, he was a member of the Naval Reserve.

Giarrano was a member of the Erie County Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He was active in St. Louis Catholic Church and for many years ran its annual picnic. He was president of the Roosevelt Elementary School PTA when the family lived in Kenmore and a member of the Grand Island Lions Club when the family lived there.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Vincenza Cina; three sons, Leonard of Venice, Carl of Hamburg and Vincent of Fairfield, Conn.; two daughters, Patricia Buscaglia of Grand Island and Roberta of Venice; two sisters, Esther Stellrecht of Snyder and Rosalie George of Kenmore; three stepbrothers, Donald DiGesare of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Kenneth and Joseph DiGesare, both of Kenmore; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday in Venice, and another will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Louis Church, 780 Main St.


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