Christopher C. Olivieri, a retired Bethlehem Steel employee, died Friday in Fiddler's Green Manor, Springville, after a long illness. He was 86.
The lifelong area resident was born in Buffalo and attended local schools, graduating from Lackawanna High School. He joined the Army during World War II, serving in Alaska and helping with the construction of the Alaska Highway, the 1,422-mile-long engineering marvel of its day.
Mr. Olivieri worked for about 40 years at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna, retiring in 1982.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamburg.
He enjoyed taking annual trips in his Winnebago to destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He loved nature and animals and listening to big-band and old-style Italian music. He also enjoyed repairing television sets and radios, gardening and taking photographs.
He lived in Hamburg before moving into the Springville facility five months ago.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Jean Ermi of Hamburg; two daughters, Linda Marie of Buffalo and Kathy Jean Jensen of the Town of Boston; a son, Gary E. of Hamburg; two sisters, Anna Sabev of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Rose Conte of Blasdell; and three grandchildren.
A service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church, 120 Main St., Hamburg. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Hamburg.