Vincent A. Letro, 89, a local funeral director and a county supervisor for 18 years, died Friday (Aug. 28, 1998) in Olean General Hospital.
Born in Allegany, Letro attended St. Bonaventure School and graduated from St. Bonaventure University. He attended Colliers School, where he studied embalming technique in New York City and the U.S. Naval School of Medical Technology at Mare Island, Calif.
After passing the state board examinations for embalmers and funeral directors in 1930, Letro became associated with Kelly and Curry Funeral Home in Olean and opened an office in Allegany.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served 19 months in the South Pacific. He was a chief pharmacist's mate aboard the USS Kwajalein and later on the USS Ranger. After serving four years in the Navy, he returned to Kelly and Curry until Curry's death, when he established his own funeral home.
He was associated with Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home in Olean and was one of the oldest licensed funeral directors in the state.
Letro was appointed county supervisor in 1959. He served on a number of committees during his 18 years in office, including Finance, Health, Watersheds and Veterans Service.
He was a past vice commander of Olean Post 530, American Legion; past vice president of the State Funeral Directors Association; division chairman of the Olean Community Chest for five years; and past campaign director of the March of Dimes.
He served on many boards, including AAA Rehabilitation, Bartlett Country Club and First Trust Union Bank. He served on the Mount View Cemetery board and was instrumental in renovation of the cemetery and the rebuilding of the lake in 1971.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, the Kiwanis Club, Christopher Columbus Lodge, Bartlett Country Club, Birch Run Country Club, Eagles Lodge, Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, City Club of Olean, Knights of Columbus, Pulaski Club, the National Funeral Directors Association and the executive committee of the State Funeral Directors Association.
His wife, Virginia Watkins Letro, died in 1984.
Survivors include a sister, Joan Van Zwanenberg of Cuba, N.Y., and a special friend, Dorie A. Wallace.
Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, 646 E. State St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Mary of the Angels Church, 202 S. Union St. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.[lnvlle]