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JUNE 3, 1916 -- APRIL 16, 2005

Alvin H. Ehms, retired director of materials management for Sisters Hospital, died Saturday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 88.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Ehms was a graduate of South Park High School and the University of Alabama.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served with the 27th Infantry Division in North Africa, the China-Burma-India Theater and the Pacific and earned a Bronze Star. He rose to the rank of second lieutenant.

After the war, Mr. Ehms worked with Bell Aerospace on defense contracts and with Sylvania in procurement and negotiations before joining Sisters Hospital in 1962. He retired in 1982.

He was a member of the American Hospital Association and the Buffalo Purchasing Association.

Mr. Ehms was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He also was active in youth organizations, including
Junior Achievement and Little League Baseball. He co-founded the Kenmore Cubs Little League team in the Town of Tonawanda.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Lucille Retel; five daughters, Denise LaFalce of Buffalo, Karen Wilson and Robin Graci, both of Kenmore, Laurie of Rochester and Kimberly Wainwright of the Town of Tonawanda; four sons, Gary of Buffalo, Robert of West Seneca, Mark of Kenmore and Michael of Pittsburgh; a brother, Donald of Buffalo; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, after prayers at 8:45 in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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