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Glenn J. Metzger Sr., barber, rail conductor Jan. 1, 1917 -- March 31, 2005

Glenn Joseph Metzger Sr. of Elma, a former barber, railroad conductor and courier, died Friday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 89.

Mr. Metzger, born in Buffalo, was educated in West Seneca schools. He operated a barber shop in Springbrook for 20 years and then worked for Buffalo Forge. He later was a conductor for the former New York Central Railroad. He retired in 1979 while working as a courier for the former Purlator Co. His duties included the transfer of bank statements and money.

He was a 4th degree knight in the Monsignor Nash Council of the Knights of Columbus and was a Holy Name Society member and usher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He also was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

His wife, the former Esther Marie Lampke, died in 1999.

Survivors include three daughters, Marie Antoinette Bush of Addison, Laurie Vandivierof Austin, Texas, and Margaret Rose Kostorowski of Phoenix; a son, Glenn J. Jr. of Springville; a brother, Donald of Reno, Nev.; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Vincent de Paul Church, 6441 Seneca St., Springbrook. Prayers will be said at 9:15 in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels Funeral Home, 4680 Clinton St., West Seneca. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Marilla.


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