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Robert F. Hibschweiler, a retired electrician, died Saturday (Jan. 23, 1999) in St. Francis Geriatric Center after a long illness. He was 82.

A native of Buffalo, Hibschweiler graduated from St. Louis School, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and Erie County Technical Institute.

His first job was as an elevator operator at the Statler Hotel.

After graduating from Erie County Technical Institute, he worked as an electrician for Curtiss-Wright Corp., Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Ford Motor Co. before joining the Chevrolet Division of General Motors Corp., where he worked 25 years. He retired in 1978.

Hibschweiler was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and served as an usher, was a member of the bingo committee and was past secretary of the Holy Name Society. He also was a member of Council 184, Knights of Columbus; Cordova Caravan 26, International Order of Alhambra; and the United Auto Workers.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Rose E. Gormley; four sons, Robert F. Jr. of Littleton, Colo., Richard of Fort Worth, Texas, Thomas of Silver Spring, Md., and Neil of Casper, Wyo.; five daughters, Marylou Bellus of Orchard Park, Jean Karnyski and Ruth, both of Tonawanda, Donna of South Kingston, R.I., and Norine of Williamsville; and 30 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave. Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Vandercher & Dick Funeral Home, 2549 Main St. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Williamsville.


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