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Victor J. Sandonato, a paratrooper in World War II and a retired pipe fitter, died Monday (Oct. 6, 1997) in Mount View Health Facility, Lockport, after a long illness.

Sandonato, 78, formerly of Lindbergh Avenue, was born in Niagara Falls and attended St. Joseph's School.

During World War II, he served with the Army Paratroopers. Before the war, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, working at Fort Pendleton and Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

Sandonato was employed as a pipe fitter with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 129 for 27 years, retiring in 1975.

He was a member of Grand Island Post, Disabled American Veterans, and a life member of Post 54, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Sandonato is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Ruth Joyce; four sons, Victor J. of Wichita Falls, Texas, Raymond E., Larry V. and John C.; a daughter, Patricia Castillo; a brother, Anthony; two sisters, Genevieve Specian of Cleveland and Margaret De-Simone; and 11 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home LaSalle Park Chapel, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.

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