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Lucy K. Galante, 77, a former Amherst Town Court clerk, died Friday (Oct. 26, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 77.

Mrs. Galante, who lived in Williamsville, worked as the Amherst Town Court clerk for 20 years, beginning in 1974. She retired in 1994 after she became ill.

Born Lucy Rinaldo in North Collins, she graduated from North Collins High School.

Active in the community, Mrs. Galante was a Eucharistic minister and member of the Altar & Rosary Society of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. She also served in the Millard Fillmore Suburban Ladies Guild.

In 1949, she married Charles J. Galante Sr., who formed Galante Construction Co. and built subdivisions in Buffalo and several suburban communities. He died in 1988.

A mother of four children, Mrs. Galante also was a foster mother to two Cuban children who lived with her family for two years. She later helped reunite their families and get them settled in Florida.

"She was a loving, caring person. Her family was so important to her. She would do everything for her family," said one of her daughters, Anita DeVille of Warwick. "She was a tribute to strength and her faith, and an inspiration to all of her family."

At Thanksgiving, she was known to make as many as 15 pies, "one of any kind she could think of," said her daughter. "She would reach way out to pull people together and was a person who believed in the home and the family."

Survivors include two other daughters, Lou Ann Koch and Barbara L. Lenahan, both of Williamsville; a son, Charles J. II of Williamsville; two sisters, Marie Rose Wuest of Alden and Nancy Harkins of Williamsville; a brother, John D. Rinaldo Sr. of Williamsville; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 100 St. Gregory Court, Amherst, after prayers at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Burial will be in Williamsville Cemetery.


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