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Carmelo Ruisi, Ford autoworker, veteran May 20, 1925 -- Sept. 25, 2005

Carmelo Ruisi, 80, a retired autoworker, died Sunday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda after a long illness.

Known to friends and family as Carmen, Mr. Ruisi was a lifelong Buffalonian and served in the Army during World War II.

Until his retirement in 1982, he had worked as a materials handler at Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Concetta "Connie" Albert; two sons, Joseph C. Sr. of the Town of Tonawanda and Angelo M. of Las Vegas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Margaret Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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