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A Mass of Christian Burial for Louis A. Granto, a retired Niagara Falls Board of Education employee, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, preceded by prayers at 9 in M.J. Colucci and Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Granto, 89, died Wednesday (Oct. 17, 2001) at his home following a long illness.

The Niagara Falls native attended local schools and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the 1286th Combat Engineer Battalion stationed in England, France and Germany.

Granto was employed by the Niagara Falls School District as a senior storekeeper for 25 years until he retired in 1976. Before that, he worked for the former Meranto and Granto Produce store in the City Market.

He was a New York Yankees fan and played semiprofessional football and baseball in the 1930s. He also was active in the Hyde Park Little League.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Grace M. Zaccaria; a daughter, Lucille Magura of South Plainfield, N.J.; two sons, Peter Sr. and Paul Sr., both of Niagara Falls; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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