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Josephine M. Turco, who helped operate three well-known businesses with her husband and children, died Monday (May 26, 2003) in Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness. She was 71.

In 1960, she and her husband, Louis, started Louie's Hot Dogs at Sheridan Park in the Town of Tonawanda, where she was a familiar presence for more than four decades. In 1990, she and her son Angelo opened Louie's Hot Dogs at 470 Elmwood Ave., which she helped manage. And since 1972, she had been active with her daughter, Deborah, at Nails Alive in Main Place Mall.

Born Josephine Argentieri in Buffalo, Mrs. Turco attended St. Francis of Assisi School and Sacred Heart High School, from which she graduated in 1950. After graduating from St. Mary's Business School, she worked for Aetna Insurance before opening Louie's Hot Dogs with her husband.

She lived in Amherst and was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

Survivors, besides her husband, include two daughters, Deborah of Amherst and Maureen of Buffalo, and three sons, Louis of Port St. Lucy, Fla., George of Orchard Park and Angelo of Buffalo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst, after prayers at 9 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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