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Michael C. Lange, retired postal worker Oct. 19, 1950 -- Sept. 20, 2005

Michael C. Lange of St. Petersburg, Fla., a retired Buffalo postal worker, died Tuesday in St. Anthony Hospital, St. Petersburg, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 54.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lange, who was known as Grog, graduated from West Seneca West High School in 1968. He later earned an associate's degree from Erie Community College.

He served in the Marine Corps for seven years, including duty in the Vietnam War, and attained the rank of sergeant.

Known for his long red hair, he was a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Buffalo for 25 years, retiring from the Lackawanna branch in 2001. He moved to Florida two years ago.

He was former treasurer of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club and a life member of Col. John B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars. In St. Petersburg, he was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Survivors include his wife of two years, the former Ann Marie Czeglowski; three sons, Michael II and Matthew Deschamps, both of Buffalo, and Dustin of Grand Island; four daughters, Erica Morabito and Sara Benzo, both of Buffalo, Kathryn of West Seneca and Cassandra of Grand Island; a stepson, Joseph Jordan of Buffalo; a stepdaughter, Tammy Szeglowski of Atlanta; four brothers, William, Kevin and Brian, all of Buffalo, and Douglas of Cheektowaga; a sister, Sheila Lombardo of Lake View; and four granddaughters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Burial will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, North Evans.


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