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THOMAS J. MILLS

Thomas J. Mills, 52, a computer programmer who bowled two perfect 300 games, died Sunday (Sept. 17, 2000) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after being stricken at home the night before.

Mills was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Bishop Duffy High School in 1967. He later earned an associate's degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

Mills was a Vietnam veteran, serving in Da Nang, South Vietnam, in 1968 and 1969.

While in high school, he worked at Beverly Lanes. After returning from Vietnam, he worked for a few years at Bison Liquor in Buffalo.

He later was manager of computer operations for Merchants Insurance Group for more than 10 years and a computer contractor for Eastman Kodak Corp. in Rochester for a year.

At the time of his death, Mills was working as a computer programmer for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Western New York.

He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and a volunteer at Niagara Catholic High School.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, the former Natalie A. Gregorchik, known as "Nancy"; a son Brian of Princeton, N.J.; two daughters, Denise Gleason and Deanna; his mother, Helen; five brothers, Richard of Allentown, Pa., Edward of Rochester, Robert of Lewiston, Michael and George; and six sisters, Therese Ferris of Kansas City, Mo., Ann Kozlowski of Horseheads, Mary Helen Kalita, Nancy Pack, Catherine Lodwick and Susan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Thursday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, after prayers at 11:30 in Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th St. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.

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