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Michael A. Stango May 5, 1923 -- Sept. 16, 2005

Michael A. Stango of the City of Tonawanda, a retired General Motors Corp. employee, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 82.

Born and raised in Altoona, Pa., he was a graduate of Altoona High School and worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad before moving to Tonawanda 50 years ago. He served in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Stango worked as a machine repairman at the Tonawanda Engine Plant for 25 years before his retirement in 1980.

He was a member of the United Auto Workers, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Buccinese Italian Mutual Benefit Society of Altoona. He enjoyed horse racing and rooting for the New York Yankees.

Mr. Stango is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Irene M. Troutman; three sons, Larry E. Harpster of Grand Island, Michael of Clarence and Mark of Taunton, Mass.; two sisters, Ann Musto of Holidaysburg, Pa., and Nancy Strate of Duncansville, Pa.; two brothers, Daniel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and John V. of Glen Cove; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services and burial are private.

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