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Guido C. Balassone, 88, a retired baker, died Sunday (Oct. 21, 2001) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Sulmona, Italy, and served in the Italian army during World War II. He emigrated to the United States in 1952 and settled in Niagara Falls.

Balassone worked as a laborer for Colucci Construction Co. and the New York Central Railroad before becoming a baker at DiCamillo's Bakery. He worked there for more than 20 years and retired in the late 1970s.

He enjoyed soccer, was an avid gardener and loved to take walks. He was a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society.

He was the widower of Gilda Scudieri Balassone, who died in 1950, and Maria "Gussie" Olivo Balassone, who died in 1985.

Survivors include two sons, Antonio of Sulmona and Enzo of Niagara Falls; a sister, Vincenza Colucci of Niagara Falls; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 14th Street and Pine Avenue, after prayers at 10 in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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