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Salvatore J. Leggio, 75, a retired manufacturing engineer, died Wednesday (May 21, 2003) in his Buffalo home after a long illness.

Born and raised in Buffalo, he attended Burgard Vocational High School before serving in the Army stateside from 1945 to 1947.

After he returned to Buffalo, he enrolled in Erie County Technical Institute, where he earned his associate's degree. He began working at S.B. Whistler and Sons, Town of Tonawanda, as a manufacturing engineer in 1949. He retired in the early 1990s.

Leggio served as president and vice president of the congregation at Bethany Lutheran Church and was active as a board member and coach with Kensington Boys Baseball from the early 1960s to the early 1970s.

He was a member of the Romulus Club and the Block and Tackle Club. He enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Luella Radt; six sons, Michael of Tampa, Fla., Paul, Richard and Mark, all of Amherst, James of Cheektowaga and Joseph of West Seneca; six sisters, Josephine Iannello of Depew, Frances Petruzzelli and Lucy Amato, both of Amherst, Theresa Illos and Mary, both of Buffalo, and Carmella Corieco of Williamsville; a brother, Joseph Ventresca of Buffalo; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sieck & Mast Funeral Home, 250 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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