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SEPT. 21, 1917 -- NOV. 10, 2004

Bennie DeSimone, 87, a World War II Army veteran and a retired construction worker, died Wednesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Batavia.

Mr. DeSimone, an Oakfield native, served in North Africa and in European campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge.

He was known throughout the Oakfield area for his activities as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and for placing American flags on the graves of fallen servicemen.

Mr. DeSimone was a construction worker for many years until his retirement, and worked out of Laborers Local 435 in Rochester, where he was a union steward.

He was a member of the Oakfield Historical Society and enjoyed watching youth baseball. He was involved in many organizations.

Mr. DeSimone never married. A brother, Edmond of Alabama, survives.

Services will be private. Burial will be in Cary Cemetery, Oakfield.


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