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NOV. 4, 1916 -- APRIL 5, 2005

Carmen Previte, a longtime band leader and music teacher, died Tuesday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a long illness. He was 88.

Born in San Pier Niceto in Sicily, Italy, he moved to Niagara Falls as a child with his family.

He graduated from Trott Vocational High School.

During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps' 879th Guard Squadron.

Mr. Previte began studying and playing music at age 12. He played professionally for weddings, local clubs and special events, including with his own Carmen Previte Band, for 70 years.

He taught accordion, piano and organ, and organized concerts for his students, including a 70-piece accordion orchestra.

He was also a member of the Local Musicians Union.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, the former M. Grace Chiarenza; three daughters, Carol Scott of Niagara Falls, Esther Thurau of Hazel Park, Mich., and Jeanne Green of Grand Island; two sons, Robert of Bluffton, S.C., and Richard of Niagara Falls; a brother, Francis of Cheektowaga; a sister, Sara Longo of San Bernadino, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday in M.J. Colucci and Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Town of Niagara, and at 10:30 a.m. in First Assembly of God Church, 9750 Niagara Falls Blvd. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


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