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Ishmael Burch, 68, of Pierce Avenue died Thursday (Jan. 28, 1999) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a long illness.

Burch was born in Union Springs, Ala., and moved here in 1951.

He took a job as a pay-loader operator at the former Union Carbide Corp. plant and retired from that company in 1985.

From 1990 to 1994, he was a security guard for the former Slipko's Grocery.

Burch was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and Elks Lodge 295.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and socializing with friends in the neighborhood.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, the former Gertrude Caldwell; five sons, Kenneth of Atlanta, Timothy of Saginaw, Mich., and Ishmael Jr., Wayne and Rickey; three stepsons, Michael King of San Diego and Eddie Crowell and Kimmessee King; five daughters, Barbara Lowery of Atlanta, Janice Bradley of Chicago, Dorothy Howell of Saginaw, and Catherine Brown and Yvonne;two stepdaughters, Linda King Allen of Rochester and the Rev. Sandra Palmer; five brothers, Clarence Foster of Atlanta, Albert Foster and David Coward, both of Cleveland, and Willie H. Coward and Curtis Love, both of Union Springs; a sister, Mattie P. Todd of Somerset, N.J.; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Trinity Baptist Church, 1366 South Ave.


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