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Frank D. Rende of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. foreman, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 79.

He retired in 1983 from Niagara Mohawk after 33 years of service.

After graduating from Technical High School, he served in the Army in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

Rende was a member of Francis A. Lombardo Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served as a trustee of St. Margaret's Senior Citizens Club and an officer of the Utilities Employees Association. He also was a member of the Holy Name Society of Holy Angels Catholic Church.

He enjoyed bowling.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Vera Brucklier; two sons, Michael of Amherst and Stephen of the Town of Tonawanda; a brother, Michael Jr. of the Town of Tonawanda; and two sisters, Elizabeth Keller of Clarence and Catherine Neri of Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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