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Alfred J. Zolner, a retired Nabisco Inc. executive, died Saturday (Oct. 25, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after an illness of two days.

Zolner, 82, moved to Williamsville after the death of his wife of 47 years, Mary Thibeault Zolner, last November. They had lived in Geneva since 1981, when he retired from Nabisco in Hanover, N.J., after 42 years. He was vice president for sales in the Special Products Division.

Born in Buffalo, Zolner graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in 1934 and from Canisius College in 1939. He played varsity football at Canisius for four years and remained active as an alumnus. He was co-chairman of his 50th class reunion in 1989.

Zolner served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, stationed for a time in the Pentagon and attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

Survivors include a son, Joseph P. of Niskayuna; a daughter, Mary P. of Nahant, Mass.; a sister, Jeanette Nesbitt of the Town of Tonawanda; and two grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was offered today in the Canisius College chapel. Burial was in Assumption Cemetery, Syracuse.


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