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AUG. 16, 1917 -- APRIL 11, 2005

Peter J. Tonsoline, 87, of Lancaster, a retired butcher, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness.

The Bernice, Pa., native moved to Western New York with his family in 1921 and graduated from Nunda High School.

He was a butcher at Federal Meat Markets in Buffalo from 1948 to 1983 and recently moved to Lancaster after living in Cheektowaga for many years.

Mr. Tonsoline was a member of St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Elma. He was a fourth-degree life member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Justin Council in Cheektowaga, and a member of the Eagles and the Polka Variety Club in Cheektowaga.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Rose S. Fiorella; two sons, Peter V. of Depew and Philip of Lancaster; a sister, Mary Slawson of Nunda; a brother, John Totsline of Fillmore; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Gabriel's Church, 5271 Clinton St. Burial will be in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.


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