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Orlando R. Thomas, a retired steel worker, died Monday (Aug. 24, 1998) in Lakewood Health Care Center, Hamburg, after a long illness. He was 88.

A lifelong resident of Dunkirk, he worked at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. until his retirement in 1972.

He served in the Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star. He was a sergeant in the 7th Army and one of nine soldiers who were among the first to breach the Siegfried Line in Germany.

Thomas was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was a member of the Columbus Club and was a life member of Frank Acquavia Memorial Post 1344, American Legion.

His wife, Marian Ricotta Thomas, died Feb. 17, 1991.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances Garvey of Dunkirk and Margaret Henssler of Hamburg; a brother Eugene; two sisters, Concetta Pagan of Dunkirk and Adeline Mattucci of West Seneca; and two grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, 736 Central Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Trinity Church, 1030 Central Ave. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Sheridan.

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