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Charles H. Goris, salesman, active in church <br> July 18, 1930 -- March 16, 2006

Charles H. Goris of Grand Island, a salesman active in church activities, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 75.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and served as a lieutenant in the Army Reserve from 1951 to 1960. In 1952, he graduated from Canisius College, where he was a member of the Di Gamma Society.

Mr. Goris worked for the Grand Trunk Railroad and the Canadian National Railroad while in high school and college. He moved to Grand Island in 1965.

He worked for 28 years at GTE Sylvania in Buffalo and Panasonic in Secaucus, N.J., in sales and marketing until retiring in the late 1990s.

He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church on Grand Island, serving in religious education, as president of the liturgy committee, as a head usher and Eucharistic minister.

A scuba diver, he also coached Little League baseball and girls softball.

Mr. Goris is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Jane Biggie; four daughters, Lynne Heim of Pendleton, Valerie Downey of Cape Coral, Fla., and Cheryl Kloesz and Jacqueline Foote, both of Grand Island; four sons, David, Michael and Jeffrey, all of Grand Island, and Daniel of Lakeville, Minn.; two brothers, Frederick of Angola and Daniel of Erieville; two sisters, Judith Schmidtfrerick of Lakewood and Ellen Pellegrino of Hurst, Texas; and 18 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Stephen Church, Grand Island. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery.


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