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Samuel R. Lancianese, 79, a World War II veteran and former local dance band leader, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) in Crestwood Health Care Center, Wheatfield, where he had been a patient since Dec. 18.

Lancianese was born and raised in Johnsonburg, Pa.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded six ribbons.

After the war, he returned to Johnsonburg, where he led a small combo on trumpet.

He moved to Niagara Falls in 1951 and worked in the maintenance department of Hooker Chemical Co., later Occidental Chemical Corp., until retiring in 1982.

Lancianese also led a dance band here, usually about six pieces, until the early 1970s. He also played trumpet in the Niagara Falls Concert Band for 15 years, including six years as the band's personnel manager.

He enjoyed big band music and was a member of Greater Niagara Musicians Association Local 106-209, American Federation of Musicians.

Lancianese also belonged to the American Legion Portage Post, Catholic War Vets Post 925 and the Occidental Retirees Club.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Rose Severino; two daughters, Christine J. Tibbetts of Olcott and Carol A. Hugill of Grand Island; and his sister Vienna Jovenetti of Sun City, Ariz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1055 North Military Road. Entombment will be in Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Lewiston.


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