Joseph J. DiChristina, who once operated DiChristina's Bakery on the West Side and the House of Cakes in North Buffalo, died Sunday (Dec. 28, 1997) in his Buffalo home after a brief illness. He was 69.
Born and raised on Dante Place, he joined his father's business at age 13 and took over the bakery in 1961. He and his wife operated it until 1969, then moved to North Buffalo and opened the pastry shop on Hertel Avenue. Known for its beautifully decorated wedding cakes and its Italian bread and cookies, the shop closed in 1979.
DiChristina lived in Arizona briefly, then worked as a bakery supervisor for Peter J. Schmitt Co. until 1992.
In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking in his basement.
A graduate of the old Technical High School, DiChristina was a member of the West Side Kiwanis Club, West Side Businessmen's Association and North Buffalo Businessmen's Association.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Theresa Territo; two sons, Christopher of Richmond, Va., and Salvatore; two daughters, Victoria Tedesco of Kenmore and Carla Longo; three sisters, Grace Salamone, Carolina Antonicelli of Lancaster and Rose Mary Stroupe of Kenmore; two brothers, Achille "Jack" of Alden and John of West Seneca; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Perna Funeral Home, 1306 Hertel Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.