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Nicholas Limina, 100, a retired stone mason, died Sunday (Jan. 23, 2000) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Montalbano, Italy, he served in the Italian army in World War I. He came to Buffalo in 1923 to join one of his brothers. He worked as a bricklayer at Bethlehem Steel Corp. until retiring in 1966.

Active into his 90s, he used his skills to build a religious grotto in the back yard of his North Buffalo home to venerate Mary and rebuilt a stone fireplace in his living room. He was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and enjoyed playing the piano and guitar.

He received a citation from the Common Council in 1989 on his 90th birthday in recognition of the contributions of Italian-Americans to stone work in the city.

He and his wife, the former Giovanna "Jennie" Lumia, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last month.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Florence; a son, Matthew of Kenmore; a sister, Rosa of Italy; five grandchil-dren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave., after prayers at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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