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Louis J. Povinelli, 66, former president and owner of a cutlery business, died Thursday (Feb. 15, 2001) in his Williamsville home after a lengthy illness.

Povinelli, a Buffalo native, was the owner and president of Povinelli Cutlery Services in the Town of Tonawanda. His family started the business in Italy more than 100 years ago.

He retired in 1993 after operating the business for 40 years. His nephew runs the company, now located in Cheektowaga.

Povinelli was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Getzville.

He also was a member of the St. Gregory the Great Golf League, Audubon Men's Club and Delaware Duplicate Bridge Club. He enjoyed traveling cross-country in recreational vehicles and playing bridge.

Povinelli married Rosemarie Hubert in 1956. The couple lived in Cheektowaga before moving to Williamsville 31 years ago.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Kathleen Ciminelli of Charlotte, N.C., Karen Skupin of South Lion, Mich., Jill Hoechst of Williamsville and Amy Henderson of Canton, Mich.; a son, Louis R. of Houston; four sisters, Ann Geraci of Williamsville, Therese Cicatello of Pendleton, and Margaret Bilancini and Carolyn Hornung, both of Buffalo; a brother, Paul of the Town of Tonawanda; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Pius X Church, 1700 N. French Road, Getzville, after prayers at 10:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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