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James J. Harvey, 76, a retired welder and World War II Purple Heart recipient, died Sunday (Sept. 17, 2000) in his home after a long illness, during which he received care from Niagara Hospice.

Harvey was born in Brockway, Pa. During World War II, he served first in the National Guard and later in the U.S. Marine Corps and was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

After the war, he worked as a welder at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., retiring in 1983.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Frances M. Fiffik; two sons, Michael M. of Las Vegas and Richard M.; two daughters, Catherine A. Pena of Pleasanton, Calif., and Donna M.; a brother, Robert A. of St. Albans, W.Va.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, after prayers at 9 a.m. in Rhoney Funeral Home, 1124 Ontario Ave. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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