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A memorial Mass for Peter L. "Lam" Bicheler, a retired University at Buffalo maintenance supervisor, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Sandridge Road, Alden.

Mr. Bicheler died Oct. 10 in Port Charlotte, Fla., of complications from heart surgery. He was 83.

Born in Alden, he graduated from Alden Central School and as a young man played baseball for local amateur teams.

During World War II, he was an Army infantryman and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he became an independent masonry contractor and designed and built four houses in Alden and East Aurora. Lambert Drive in East Aurora bears his middle name.

Mr. Bicheler, who joined UB in the 1960s, was a former Alden volunteer firefighter and for many years worked at St. John the Baptist Parish's annual fund-raising picnic. He was a deer hunter, fisherman and camper who often took his family on trips to the Canadian wilderness, and was among the few male Girl Scout leaders of his generation.

After retiring from UB in 1982, he and his wife, Gloria Penfold Bicheler, moved to Port Charlotte, where he took up golf and played several times a week on local courses, as well as on family golf vacations. He was a member of Port Charlotte Elks Club.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Donna Carol of Lancaster and Karen Reade of Port Charlotte; three brothers, Norbert of Fultonville, Albert of Lancaster and Joseph of Cowlesville; a sister, Bertha Wojciechowski of Cheektowaga; two grandsons; two stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandson.


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