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Pietro Iacona of the Town of Tonawanda, who had a construction business in Venezuela before moving to the Buffalo area in 1973, died Sunday (Sept. 26, 1999) in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 71.

A native of Naro, Agrigento, Sicily, Iacona was educated there and later moved to Venezuela, where he had his own construction business in Maracay between 1956 and 1973. He moved to the Buffalo area in 1973, working first as a finisher for Cosmano Concrete.

In 1983, he went to work at the Gioia Macaroni Co. as a production worker. He retired in 1993.

Iacona was an avid gardener, and shared with his grandchildren all facets of their Italian heritage.

Survivors include his wife, the former Croce Farruggio of the Town of Tonawanda; one son, Pino of Wheatfield; three daughters, Giosina Alvirez of Caracas, Venezuela, Pierina of Philadelphia, and Lina Petruzzo of Clarence; two sisters, Lina Giudice of Luxemburg and Pina of Sicily; three brothers, Giuseppe, Alberto and Lillo, all of Sicily; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a 9:30 Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court St.


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