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Alexander S. Granelli of Amherst, a retired tailor and real estate agent, died Monday (Aug. 24, 1998) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a nearly month-long illness.

Granelli, 78, had worked with family members in the Granelli Custom Pants Co., which operated in downtown Buffalo for many years.

Born in Buffalo, Granelli was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and Canisius College. As a youth, he learned the tailoring business under his father, Samuel.

During World War II, he served in Germany with the U.S. Army. Because of his premedical training at Canisius, Granelli became part of the grave registration unit, which identified bodies through dental records.

After military service, Granelli returned home and resumed working as a tailor at the family business, which had moved from West Huron Street to Washington Street. While working, Granelli attended evening classes at Millard Fillmore College at the University of Buffalo. He earned credits in real estate and advertising.

For some 20 years, Granelli was employed as a real estate agent for Colvin Realty, Joseph Soos Realty, Century 21 and Metro Royal Home.

He was a member of Tonawanda Post 264, American Legion, past president of the Willow Ridge Civic Association in Amherst and a member of the Greater Buffalo Real Estate Board.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Lena Panichi; two daughters, Louise Clary, and Toni Telelha; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, after prayers at 8:45 in the Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Mausoleum, Town of Tonawanda.

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