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Frances I. Galante, 71, a Niagara Falls native who worked as a secretary in embassies overseas and in Washington, D.C., died Wednesday (Dec. 15, 1999) in Columbia Arlington Hospital after a brief illness.

Miss Galante was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School. She joined the government in the early 1950s at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base, working on a team that supervised the military contract with nearby Bell Aircraft Co.

She moved to Washington in the mid-1950s and was assigned to the Pentagon in 1958. In 1959 Miss Galante was assigned to the American Embassy in London, where she served for six years. In 1965 she was transferred to the American Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, and served a two-year hitch.

Returning to Washington and settling in Arlington, Miss Galante worked in several federal departments, retiring from the U.S. Trade Representative's Office in the mid-1980s. She received several recognition awards from President Carter.

Survivors include two brothers, Marino and Peter A., both of Niagara Falls, and a sister Phyllis Coogan of Milan, Ill.

Services will be held at noon Tuesday in Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Niagara Falls.

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