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Edward Standora Sr., decorated WWII vet Nov. 9, 1923 -- Dec. 14, 2005

Edward Standora Sr. of Grand Island, who retired from AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., died Wednesday in the New York State Veterans Home, Batavia. He was 82.

Born in Nanticoke, Pa., he was an instrument toolmaker by trade and spent most of his life as a resident of Chatham, N.J.

Mr. Standora was a decorated Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific, where he earned the Bronze Star for valor with oak leaf cluster and the Purple Heart. He served as a technical sergeant in the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division.

During his 34 years at Bell Laboratories, he was involved in the development of communications projects, ranging from the deployment of the first trans-Atlantic telephone cable to Telstar, the nation's first communications satellite.

After his retirement, he moved to Grand Island, where he was an active parishioner at St. Stephen Catholic Church and enjoyed attending Bible study classes. He relaxed by painting and was an avid gardener and nature lover.

His wife of 52 years, Wanda Shypulefski Standora, died in 1999.

Survivors include a son, Edward Jr. of Grand Island; two granddaughters; and three stepgrandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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