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JULY 31, 1930 -- APRIL 19, 2005

Donald W. Schleining, of West Seneca, a stamp collector and retired electrical engineer, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. He was 74.

Born and raised in Scranton, Pa., he received his engineering degree from Penn State University in 1952. He started as a looper at Bethlehem Steel's Lackawanna plant and was a manager in the electrical maintenance department for 31 years before retiring in 1983. He then worked for Okie Technical Services until 1995.

A second generation Boy Scout, he earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1946. In the 1960s he joined Pack 336 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church with his son, and had been active in scouting ever since. He earned three adult scout awards: Silver Beaver, Woodbadge and Brotherhood Order of the Arrow.

He was a stamp collector and member of the Buffalo Stamp Club, Lockport Stamp Club, Rochester Philatelic Association and Scouts on Stamps International.

Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Halligan; a son, William J. of Croton-on-Hudson; a daughter, Marie Tokasz of Elma; and five grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. May 7 in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road, Lackawanna.


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