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Rose J. Amato, who was host to Sen. Edward F. Kennedy at one of her well-known St. Joseph's tables, died Friday (March 20, 1998) in Millard Fillmore Hospital. She was 74.

Mrs. Amato and her husband, Salvatore C., operated the Twin Oaks Dinette, which later became Amato's Deli, on Niagara Street for many years. The couple retired from the restaurant business in 1994 when they moved to Amherst.

Mrs. Amato opened her home yearly to the public with the traditional St. Joseph's table. In 1980, she was host to Kennedy, who at the time was campaigning for the presidency.

The former Rose Scofero was a native of Rochester and moved to Buffalo after she married.

She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church.

Mrs. Amato, a cook and baker for 42 years, had many of her Italian recipes published in area newspapers.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of 52 years, include a daughter, Antoinette Tripi; two sons, Michael J. of Amherst and Leonard; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Annunciation Catholic Church, Lafayette Avenue at Grant Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga. [plzztt]

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