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Frank R. DeMaria, veteran of two wars March 28, 1926 -- Sept. 21, 2005

Frank R. DeMaria, who served in the military during two wars and was a retired City of Buffalo Streets Department employee, died Wednesday in Episcopal Church Home after a short illness. He was 79.

The Buffalo native attended city schools and lived in North Buffalo most of his life. He was stationed twice in Europe during his military service. He served as a seaman second class in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then as a private first class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. DeMaria was employed for nearly 40 years with the city, in the Streets Department. He retired in 1984.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Mary Manzella; a daughter, Franny Calkins of Cheektowaga; a son, Lee of Buffalo; two sisters, Grace Thomasulo of Kenmore and Patricia Paulsen of Buffalo; a brother, Louis DeMarie of Amherst; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Holy Angels Church, 348 Porter Ave., preceded by prayers at 8:30 in Perna-Pellegrino Funeral Home, 1306 Hertel Ave.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Hamburg.

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