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George Grosstephan, retired electrician April 23, 1924 -- Sept. 16, 2005

George Grosstephan, a retired electrician, died in his West Seneca home Friday after a long illness.

He was 81.

The Buffalo native attended St. Gerard's School and graduated from Seneca Vocational High School in 1942. He also took various courses at Erie Community College.

Mr. Grosstephan served in the U.S. Navy as a fire control officer on destroyer duty during World War II from 1942 until 1945, and in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952.

From 1961 until his retirement in 1987, he was an electrician and maintenance supervisor at Calspan in Cheektowaga.

Prior to his employment at Calspan, Mr. Grosstephan worked at New York Central Railroad from 1946 to 1959.

An avid reader, Mr. Grosstephan was a raconteur. He played the clarinet and the organ and was a docent at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

His wife of 53 years, the former Florence E. Wagner, died in 1998.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Ann Schwartz and Carol R., both of the Town of Tonawanda, and Laura J. Farr of Bayville; two sons, Robert T. of Asheville, N.C. and William K. of West Seneca; two sisters, Delores Jeitler and Theresa Kemp, both of Williamsville; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.

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