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John E. Corthorn Dec. 29, 1917 -- Sept. 15, 2005

John E. Corthorn, a retired accountant and former Buffalo resident, died Thursday in a Punxsutawney, Pa., nursing home after a short illness. He was 87.

Mr. Corthorn lived in the Buffalo area from 1957 until 1992, when he moved back to Punxsutawney.

The Iquique, Chile, native met the former Dorothy Sweeney during World War II while she was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Chile as a State Department worker.

They married and moved to the United States, where he enlisted in the Army and became an American citizen shortly thereafter. He was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, an intelligence agency formed during the war, and was assigned to the Panama Canal Zone.

After the war, they moved to Punxsutawney, where his wife was from. She died in 1999.

He worked as a bookkeeper and accountant. He moved to Buffalo with his family in 1957. He worked for several companies as an accountant, retiring in 1980. He moved to the Town of Tonawanda in the late 1970s.

He volunteered at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda and belonged to the Knights of Columbus at St. Christopher Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda.

Survivors include a son, Francis of Elk Grove, Ill.; three daughters, Becky Weimer of Punxsutawney, Mary Daugherty of Sanford, N.C., and Dorothy Aldrich of Buffalo; a sister, Rebeca Corthorn de Gomez of Santiago, Chile; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in SS. Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church, 616 W. Mahoning St., Punxsutawney. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Punxsutawney.

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