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Josephine A. Tabone, 71, of Kenmore, a retired special education teacher, died unexpectedly Saturday (Sept. 25, 1999) in Buffalo General Hospital.

Born Josephine Schiavone in Buffalo, she attended Schools 3 and 49 and was a 1947 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State College in 1972 and received her master's degree there in 1974.

She began work as a special education teacher at Lafayette High School in 1972, where she also taught home economics and sewing. During the summer, she worked with children with special needs at the Buffalo Occupational Therapy Center. She retired in 1996.

Mrs. Tabone was a member of the Buffalo Teachers Federation and the Civil Service Employees Association. She was an avid reader and crafter and traveled extensively.

A resident of Kenmore since 1973, she was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church.

She and Joseph S. Tabone were married in 1948. He died in 1976.

Survivors include five daughters, JoMarie May of Hamburg, Patricia Johnson and Susan Tabone, both of the Town of Tonawanda, Annette Rizzo of Kenmore and Lisa Drmacich of the City of Tonawanda; four sisters, Marie Widelski of the Town of Tonawanda, Grace Perla of Getzville, Jenny Petrozella of Palm Coast, Fla., and Roselle Cammilleri of Glendale, Ariz.; three brothers, Anthony Schiavone of Kenmore and Charles and Salvatore Schiavone, both of the Town of Tonawanda; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul's Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore, with prayers at 8:30 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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