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SEPT. 19, 1948 -- NOV. 24, 2004

A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles J. Valites is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today in St. Anthony's Church, 421 Commercial St., Farnham. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

Mr. Valites, of Angola, died Wednesday en route to the hospital after a short illness. He was 56.

Mr. Valites was a native of Hazleton, Pa., and a graduate of Penn State University. He moved to the Buffalo area in the early 1970s and worked for 32 years at the Dunkirk Steam Station, operated by Niagara Mohawk.

He was active in St. Anthony's Church, where he was a eucharistic minister, served on the parish council and co-chaired the social committee. Mr. Valites developed expertise in digital photography and video editing. He taught an adult education course at Lake Shore Central and created a video history of the church last year during its jubilee celebration.

In addition to computers, his interests included carpentry, motorcycling, boating, golfing and his beloved dog, Chopsticks.

Valites is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Sharon Dolencic; four sons, Mark of Geneseo, Matthew of Boston, Mass.; and Nicholas and Christopher, both of Angola; his mother, Eleanor of Hazleton; a brother, Richard of Wilmington, Del.; and a sister, Janet Kluskiewicz of Nazareth, Pa.


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