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IGNATIUS BALONE, DEAF BOWLER

Ignatius Balone, 64, a graduate of St. Mary's School for the Deaf and a retired Westinghouse employee, died Thursday (Sept. 24, 1998) of a heart attack at his home in Snyder.

He was a member of the Buffalo Deaf Club and enjoyed bowling. He was voted into the National Deaf Bowling Association's Hall of Fame in 1996. He was voted into the Hall of Fame on two other occasions for his bowling peformances.

Balone, who was planning a bowling trip to Las Vegas at the time of his death, had recorded bowling scores of 700 three times.

He also enjoyed boating, fishing, gardening and fancy woodworking, making birds that fly for children to enjoy and wooden swings capable of holding up to four people.

Balone taught new workers how to assemble small appliances at the Westinghouse plant. He worked there for 25 years, retiring in 1986.

Survivors include two sisters, Angeline of Snyder and Rose Marie Giess of the Town of Tonawanda; and two brothers, Carl of Snyder and Salvatore of Williamsville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street in Eggertsville. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in the Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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