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James L. Messe, 71, a retired school guidance counselor, died Sunday (Oct. 12, 1997) in St. Jerome Hospital, Batavia, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Buffalo State College and earned a master's degree at Syracuse University. He served in the Army Air Forces in World War II.

He taught industrial arts in the Syracuse area for several years, then became a guidance counselor at Alexander Central School. He retired in 1981.

He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Attica, and a member of Attica Council 2240, Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of Harder O'Donnell Post 734, American Legion, in Attica and Beachhead Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Alexander.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, the former Bonnie Voight; two sons, Dr. Thomas of Pensacola, Fla., and James F.;two daughters, Mary Henry of Buffalo and Jamie Flahive; a sister, Mary Griffith of Buffalo; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent de Paul Church, 50 East Ave. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery.

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