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Mildred J. "Jess" Centofanti, a registered nurse who worked for the Niagara Falls Board of Education for more 20 years, died Friday (Jan. 22, 1999) at home under the care of Niagara Hospice. She was 73.

Born Mildred Silvey in Niagara Falls, she was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and St. Mary's School of Nursing. She also was among the first women to enroll at Niagara University. She received her teaching certificate from the University of Buffalo.

She participated in the Harvard University Nurses Health Study from 1976 through 1996 and received commendation for the study from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

She retired as a school nurse in 1987.

Mrs. Centofanti was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Retired Civil Service Employees Association of New York State, the American Diabetes Association and AARP.

She also had been a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Albert J.; two sons, Thomas A. of Lancaster and Albert J. Jr. of Ormond Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Jean M. Calabrese of Niagara Falls, Mary E. Remillard of Plattsburgh and Margaret A. Piecuil; her mother, Rose Silvey of Niagara Falls; two brothers, Richard and Thomas Jr., both of Niagara Falls; a sister, Betty Zullo of Flemington, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, after prayers at 9 in Otto Redanz LaSalle Park Chapel, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara.

Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls.


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