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A Mass of Christian Burial for Frank C. Hilburger, an Army veteran, former teacher and hardware store owner, will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Edmund's Catholic Church, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

Hilburger died Sunday (Sept. 23, 2001) at his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 74.

Born in Buffalo, Hilburger graduated from Seneca Vocational High School. He went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Buffalo.

He served in the Army from 1945 to 1946. Between 1949 and 1954, he was a company commander in the National Guard.

Hilburger worked as a junior high school teacher in Buffalo from 1949 to 1955. He was co-owner of Hilburger Hardware in Kenmore from 1956 to 1987, when he retired.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited and served as president of the Rock Lake Association in Ontario, Canada, from 1989 to 2000.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Jeanne Bene; six sons, Peter of Clarksville, Va., Stephen of Denver, Andrew of Elba, John of Oakland, Mich., Mark of Centerville, Va., and Paul of Apex, N.C.; a brother, James of Colden; and 12 grandchildren.

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