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Anthony D. Rampino, a retired restaurateur and resident of Las Vegas, died Wednesday (Oct. 15, 1997) in Desert Springs (Nev.) Hospital after a brief illness. He was 75.

A Buffalo native, Rampino was a graduate Hutchinson-Central High School and an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater. He received the Bronze Star.

In 1974, he opened Antonio's Pizza Restaurant on North Buffalo Road in Orchard Park. In 1977, he moved to Las Vegas, where he operated several restaurants, including Antonio's Pizza Restaurant of Las Vegas.

He also was employed as a carpenter by Wurlitzer Corp. in North Tonawanda and worked for the City of Buffalo from 1962 to 1974.

Rampino was a member of St. Viator's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Italian-American Club of Las Vegas.

He enjoyed repairing things.

He and his wife, the former Jessie Santora of Las Vegas, were married for 25 years.

Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Roslynn Holcomb and Barbara Canazzi, both of Las Vegas; two sons, Victor D. Battistoni of Las Vegas and Anthony D. Rampino Jr. of Chicago; a sister, Millie Carcaci, and a brother, Louis Rampino, both of Buffalo; and eight grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held Monday in Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.[rrdda]

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