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Patricia Fedele Kilfoy, cake decorator Nov. 28, 1931 -- March 16, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia Fedele Kilfoy, a retired cake decorator known for baking cakes for celebrities and music stars, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Margaret Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Perna-Pellegrino Funeral Home, 1306 Hertel Ave.

The Buffalo native died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after becoming ill at home. She was 74.

She graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and attended the Gates School of Cake Decorating in Tustin, Calif., from 1963 to 1966. She attended California State College at Fullerton from 1968 to 1970 and received an associate degree.

In 1974, she was named "Best Cake Decorator in Western New York."

She made cakes for celebrities and stars who appeared at Melody Fair and other area theaters. She retired in 2002.

She didn't charge for her cakes, but she did pose for pictures with many of the famous recipients, including Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Vic Damone, Al Martino and Wayne Newton. She told friends that Como was her favorite.

Mrs. Kilfoy enjoyed listening to jazz, attending garage sales and baking cakes, cookies and pastries for the North Buffalo Community Center, where she was a member.

She had baked cookies for the center on Monday and Tuesday for its St. Joseph's Table held Wednesday. She was absent because she didn't feel well, relatives said.

Her husband, Richard J., died in 2002.

Survivors include three daughters, Angela R. and Mary V. Button, both of Buffalo, and Julie D. Wasilewski of Cheektowaga; a son, John of Buffalo; a sister, Eileen DiChristopher of Buffalo; and eight grandchildren.

[HUDKINS]

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