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FEB. 12, 1911 -- APRIL 6, 2005

Livia M. Gaudio-Wilson, a "Rosie the Riveter" who later raised a family, died Wednesday in Richmond, Va., after a brief illness. She was 94.

Born Livia Giancarli in L'Aquila Abruzza, Italy, she came to Niagara Falls when she was 18 months old and stayed there until she left the area two years ago. She was married to Emilio Gaudio, who died in 1972, and later to Thomas Wilson, who died in 1999.

During World War II, Mrs. Gaudio-Wilson worked as a riveter at Bell Aircraft before retiring to raise her family. She also was a member of the Legion of Mary, the Hyde Park Senior Club and a volunteer at St. Mary Nursing Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Maria Luzzi of Richmond, Va; three sisters, Mary Stempien of Niagara Falls, and Olga Masella and Florine Michaels-Smith, both of Land O'Lakes, Fla; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, following prayers in Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls.


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