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Norman Manhardt Jr. Aug. 28, 1925 -- Sept. 8, 2005

Norman D. Manhardt Jr. of the Town of Tonawanda, who ran a collision store and was a veteran of World War II, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a long illness. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up on the West Side and was one of eight children. He attended Seneca Vocational High School before enlisting in the Army in 1944.

In the Army, he was trained as a surgical technician and was sent to Central Europe and the Rhineland. He was in the Battle of the Bulge, administering to the sick and wounded. He also was part of the Allied forces that freed the Auschwitz concentration camp.

In 1960, he opened Norm Manhardt Collision Store. Over 42 years, it had three locations: two in Buffalo and then on Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda. He retired in 2002.

Mr. Manhardt was a Republican committeeman and a past president of the Buffalo Soccer Club.

An owner of several race horses, he frequently visited Buffalo Raceway on the Erie County Fairgrounds in the Town of Hamburg.

He and his first wife, the former Joyce Kelley, had been married for 13 years at the time of her death.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Joan Kell; two daughters, Lynn Sauer of Cheektowaga and Sharon of Boston; a son, Norman D. III of the Town of Tonawanda; a stepson, Stephen Papaj of West Seneca, a stepdaughter, Kimberle Milbrand of the City of Tonawanda; a brother, Frank of Long Island; three sisters, Ruth Pidgeon of Williamsville and Jean and Joan, both of the Town of Tonawanda; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Eucharistic service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Church of the Advent, 54 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Inurement will be in the church's columbarium.

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