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Joseph G. Granieri, a chemical company foreman whose four children all became doctors, died Friday (May 30, 2003) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Granieri was born in Celico in the Italian province of Cosenza. He arrived in the United States at age 10 with his family and attended schools in Niagara Falls.

He worked briefly at the Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant before joining Hooker Chemical Co. He worked there for more than 40 years before retiring in 1980.

Granieri was a tennis player and also enjoyed reading, music and raising vegetables.

His wife of 32 years, the former Rose Pullano, died in 1974.

Survivors include three daughters, Dr. Lorraine of Chicago and Dr. Evelyn and Dr. Roseanne, both of Niagara Falls; a son, Dr. Samuel of Chicago; three sisters, Clementine Rosanova of Toronto and Janet Scarpelli and Ida Tirabassi, both of Niagara Falls; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., following prayers at 9:45 in Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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