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Rudolph J. Alva, 71, a chemical operator at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for 26 years, died Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was born in Milwaukee and moved to Michigan as a child and then to Niagara Falls in 1953. He was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School.

A Korean War veteran, Alva served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 until 1952.

He retired in 1993 from Goodyear.

Alva was an active member of the Conrad Kania Detachment of the Marine Corps League, North Tonawanda; Post 914, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Frederick F. Cadille Post 1664, American Legion.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, where he served as an usher, and was also a member of the St. Vincent dePaul Society. In addition, he was a volunteer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and at local schools, including Niagara Middle School and Niagara Falls High School.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Gladys L. Weyandt; four daughters, Sharon of Arlington, Va., Brenda Kennedy and Cheryl Janzen, both of Niagara Falls, and Jacqueline Jankowski of Deer Park, Texas; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


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