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SEPT. 2, 1942 -- MARCH 27, 2005

J. Joseph Long, a former sales manager, died March 27 in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care after a long illness. He was 62.

A Buffalo native, he graduated from Canisius High School.

He served in the Army Reserves from 1964 to 1971.

Mr. Long, of Orchard Park, was regional sales manager for Ralston-Purina Co. for 23 years, retiring in 1996.

He had been a religious education teacher at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, secretary of Grocery Manufacturers Representatives and a facilitator for EPIC parenting group of Buffalo.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Mary Lou Nienhaus; two sons, Patrick J. of Richmond, Va., and J. Michael of Milwaukee; a sister, Ann E. Argento of Maple Grove, Minn.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. April 23 in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park. Burial will be in Nativity Cemetery, Orchard Park.