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George A. Peters Dec. 8, 1912 -- Nov. 5, 2005

George A. Peters, a retired supervising nurse and gifted musician, died Nov. 5 in Austin, Texas. He was 92.

Born Giorgio A. Pietrafitta in Sicily, he came to the United States with his family in 1924 and settled in Dunkirk.

He received a teaching degree from Fredonia Normal School and went on to Gowanda State Hospital School of Nursing to become a registered nurse. He received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Buffalo.

For many years, Mr. Peters was a staff nurse at Gowanda Psychiatric Center, later becoming chief supervising nurse. He helped convert the Thomas Indian School facilities into an annex of the psychiatric center. He retired in 1976.

He was a member of St. Joseph parish in Gowanda and the Lions Club, and was an adviser to Boy Scout Troop 41 in Gowanda.

He played the clarinet, guitar and saxophone with the Akbar Band of Dunkirk and the Seneca Nation Indian Band. He also enjoyed woodworking, silver smithing and making wine.
He was the widower of Marian, his wife of 54 years.

Surviving are a son, Frank of Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Carol Stutzman of Austin; a brother, Carl of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be scheduled.


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