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Mary Francavilla, state claims examiner Dec. 15, 1917 -- March 23, 2006

Mary Francavilla, a North Buffalo resident and retired claims examiner, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 88.

Born Mary Boncore in Buffalo, she graduated from Hutchinson Central High School in 1934. In 1955, she went to work for the state Department of Labor as a claims examiner for the Division of Unemployment. She retired in 1978.

Mrs. Francavilla was an active and longtime parishioner of St. Anthony's of Padua and St. Margaret Catholic churches. Her husband of 51 years, Joseph V., died in 1999.

Survivors include four sons, Thomas of Forestville, Md.; the Rev. Joseph of McLean, Va.; Charles of the Town of Tonawanda and Paul of Williamsville; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, followed by a funeral service at 9:30 a.m. in St. Margaret Church, 1395 Hertel Ave. Entombment will be in Forest Lawn's Rosewood Mausoleum.

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