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Albert C. Valkwitch, plumber-pipefitter May 31, 1924 -- March 31, 2006

Albert C. Valkwitch, a World War II veteran and retired plumber-pipefitter, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 81.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Valkwitch retired in 1988 from Buffalo Color Corp., where he was employed for 28 years as a plumber-pipefitter.

A longtime Town of Tonawanda resident, Mr. Valkwitch was a radio operator with the Army Air Forces, serving stateside.

A member of St. Paul's Cathedral, Mr. Valkwitch was an avid bowler and a member of the Town of Tonawanda Senior Center. He enjoyed photography and home computers.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Honorine B. Larson; two daughters, Honorine L. Hoadley of the City of Tonawanda and Sally A. Coleman of Las Vegas; two sons, James S. and John A., both of Amherst; a sister, Ruth McIntyre of Williamsville; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul's Cathedral, 4 Cathedral Park. Burial will be private.

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