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Louis J. Cardinale Sr., 86, a retired machinist, died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) in Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk.

Born in North East, Pa., Cardinale grew up in Jamestown and attended Jamestown High School. Lucille Ball was one of his schoolmates.

Moving to Fredonia in the late 1930s, Cardinale began working for Red Wing Canning Co. as a mechanic in 1940. On Oct. 10, 1940, he married Concetta Trippe of Fredonia in St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

During World War II, Cardinale served in the Navy as a medical corpsman in naval hospitals in San Diego and Norman, Okla.

In the early 1950s, he was hired by Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. in Dunkirk. He rose from a die reamer to a first-class machinist in the plant, where he worked for 27 years, retiring in 1980.

During the 1950s, he also worked at Gervas Canning Co. and the Farm King plant, both in Fredonia, during strikes at the steel plant or during the busy canning season.

A longtime usher at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Cardinale was a member of the Holy Name Society and was on the St. Joseph's Cemetery Board for many years. He also was a member of Local 2693, United Steelworkers of America (AFL-CIO); Post 59, American Legion; and the Fredonia Beaver Club.

A familiar figure at Darwin Barker Library, Cardinale was an avid reader and also enjoyed gardening and making wine.

Survivors, beside his wife of more than 60 years, are two sons, Anthony R. of Buffalo and Louis J. Jr. of Webster; a daughter, Marianne Keller of Fredonia; two sisters, Sara Vassallo of Jamestown and Josephine Candlena of North Tonawanda; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Anthony's Church, Cushing and Orchard streets. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Sheridan.

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