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Joseph "Al" Fulhelm, 89, of 72nd Street, a retired crane operator, died Thursday (Oct. 30, 1997) in the Schoellkopf Health Center after a short illness.

He was born in Paspebiac, Quebec, attended schools in Canada and came to Niagara Falls in 1929. He became a U.S. citizen in 1934.

He worked at the Carborundum Co. Buffalo Avenue plant as a crane operator, retiring after 43 years of service in 1973.

Fulhelm was a volunteer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center since 1972.

He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 247 and the Retired Men's Service Club. He was also a former usher at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Julia S. Fiutko; a sister, Helene Loisel of Niagara Falls, Ont.; and two brothers, Louis and Adolph, both of Paspebiac.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Prince of Peace Church, 1055 Military Road, following services at 8:15 in the Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th St. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.

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