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Dominic V. Visone, retired Buffalo teacher Sept. 28, 1919 -- Sept. 25, 2005

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dominic V. Visone, a retired Buffalo teacher who made and sold garden ornaments for more than 50 years, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 3680 South Park Ave., Blasdell.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, S-4119 Lake Shore Road, Town of Hamburg. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

Mr. Visone, of Blasdell, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 85.

Born in Accadia, Italy, he came to America as a child through Ellis Island on Dec. 24, 1929. He and his family settled on Buffalo's West Side.

He graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School, then a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo and a master's degree in education from Buffalo State College.

Mr. Visone served in the 174th Infantry of the National Guard.

In 1941, he was the youngest foreman at Curtiss-Wright Corp. and became an engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corp. In 1955, he went to Burgard Vocational High School, where he taught math and drafting until retiring in 1990.

Until his death, Mr. Visone continued working at his business, Highland Garden Craft, where he made religious statues, fountains and garden ornaments starting in 1950. He enjoyed repairing statues for churches and charity.

He was a member of the South Shore Rotary and the National Education Association. A pilot, he took his first solo flight in 1939 and was a member of the Silver Wings Fraternity.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Concetta Pizzuti; a daughter, Delia V. Becker of Hamburg; a son, Lucian P. of Blasdell; a sister, Carmela Grabowski-Witter of Amherst; two brothers, Lucian and John, both of Amherst; and a grandchild.

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