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A Mass of Christian Burial for Peter A. Galante will be offered at 1:30 p.m. today in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., following prayers at 1 in the Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Galante, 82, died Tuesday (Dec. 21, 1999) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital. He retired in 1983 as a civilian electrician at the Niagara Air Base.

Born in New York City, Galante came to the Falls as a child in 1920, attended Trott Vocational School and graduated from Niagara Falls High School.

During World War II he served in Australia with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. After joining the Army in 1937, he served in Fort Monmouth, N.J., until 1940, when he was transferred to a parachute training battalion at Fort McPherson, Ga. After his discharge he worked in Australia and Hawaii, returning to the Falls in 1972.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed boxing, which he did in the Army.

Galante was a member of Electrical Workers Local 237 and the North Tonawanda American Legion.

His wife, the former Marjorie Bilson, died Nov. 29.

Survivors include two sons, Luke and Robert, both of Australia; a daughter, Diane Mansfield of Australia; a brother, Marino of Niagara Falls; a sister, Phyllis Coogan of Milan, Ill.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


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