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SEPT. 28, 1919 -- NOV. 20, 2004

Frances C. Scioli, a former Buffalo resident and retired food service manager, died unexpectedly Saturday in Imperial Point Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was 85.

The former Frances Calandra was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of Lafayette High School. She also attended Cornell University, where she studied dietetics.

Mrs. Scioli managed the coffee shop at Millard Fillmore Hospital in the mid-1960s. She served as food and beverage manager at the former Cloister restaurant in Buffalo in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

She also served as a food service manager for three mental health facilities in Florida before semiretirement in 1984. Mrs. Scioli helped establish the food program for Covenant House in Fort Lauderdale and assisted with its food service operations from 1985 through 1990.

She was a resident of Victoria Park, Fla., at the time of her death.

Regarded as an excellent cook, Mrs. Scioli enjoyed cooking Italian food for family and friends, and was well known for her manicotti. She also loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony, a successful restaurateur and entertainment entrepreneur who had businesses in Buffalo and in Florida. He died in 1967.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony of Jersey City, N.J., and Ralph "Chico" of Victoria Park; a sister, Josephine Calandra of Buffalo; a brother, Myron Calandra of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

A private funeral service and interment will be held at the Florida Funeral and Crematory in Miami.