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JOHN C. MESCH, FARMER, RURAL MAIL CARRIER <br> FEB. 2, 1925 -- OCT. 17, 2004

John C. Mesch of Collins, 79, a longtime farmer and postal worker, died Sunday in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville.

Born in Collins, Mr. Mesch served in the Army during World War II.

He was a dairy farmer and a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Collins for 33 years before retiring.

He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Collins Center and its Holy Name Society and a former member of the Collins Center Grange, Collins Center Cemetery Association and Tri-County Square Dance Club of Sardinia.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Elinor J. Kidd; two sons, Keith of Cincinnati and Daryl of Lexington, Ky.; two daughters, Teri Seufert of North Boston and Connie Ploetz of Collins; two sisters, Pearl Semon of Brocton and Harriet Sheldon of Gowanda; a brother, Orrin of Angola; and 12 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 13940 Sisson Highway, Collins Center. Burial will be in Collins Center Cemetery.

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