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DEC. 25, 1920 -- APRIL 8, 2005

A memorial Mass for Bernard K. Richelt of Sarasota. Fla., retired operator of Exxon service stations in Dunkirk and Snyder, will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder.

Mr. Richelt died Friday in Sarasota Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was 84.

A native of Dunkirk, he worked at Bell Aircraft in Buffalo and attended aviation school in Dearborn, Mich. He served in the Navy Reserve from 1938 to 1941 and was stationed in Panama during World War II.

Mr. Richelt owned the Exxon service station on Route 5 in Dunkirk for 17 years until he moved to California in 1962. He returned to Western New York a year later and opened a station at Main Street and Bernhardt Drive in Snyder. He lived in Williamsville until he retired in the 1970s.

He was a member of the Knights of St. John and the Elks, and had been commodore of the Dunkirk Yacht Club.

Mr. Richelt spent summers at Chautauqua Lake in Mayville and winters in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. He lived in Sarasota for a year.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Helen McLaughlin Richelt; two daughters, Maureen Allen of Williamsville and Carol Wade-Coley of Sarasota; a son, Robert of Snyder; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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