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Services for Dr. Joseph H. Melant, 80, former chief of staff of the ear, nose and throat department at Mercy Hospital and a former Orchard Park resident, were held Aug. 22 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Pensacola, Fla.

Melant, a native of Lackawanna, died Aug. 19, 1998, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, after a long illness.

He was a graduate of Canisius College and the University of Buffalo Medical School. He served his residency at Cleveland City Hospital.

Melant served in the Army in Europe during World War II and was a captain when the war ended. In his later years, he was regarded as an expert on World War II. Much of his collection of memorabilia and books on the war has been donated to Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.

Melant was chief of staff of the ear, nose and throat Department at Mercy Hospital for 25 years and an attending physician at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna, and Veterans Hospital.

He was well known for his humanitarian activities. They included performing tonsillectomies for the residents of St. Rita's Home for children and making house calls. Melant Drive in Orchard Park was named for him.

Melant retired from active practice in 1977 and moved to Sarasota, Fla., where he maintained a small office practice and was a volunteer at a clinic for the elderly. He also delivered for Meals on Wheels.

He moved to Pensacola in 1995.

In addition to his status as an amateur historian and lexicographer, he was known for his sense of humor and as an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Eileen Pietraszewski; two daughters, Lenore Franklin of Westford, Mass., and Alexandra King of Atlanta; and two granddaughters.[hdkns]

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