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Alfred M. Koller, WWII Army veteran <br> May 26, 1924 -- Oct. 19, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Alfred M. Koller will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Mr. Koller, of the Town of Tonawanda, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 82.

Born in Germany, he came to this country at age 6 and attended Seneca Vocational High School. Drafted into the Army, he served as a heavy-mortar crewman in Central Europe during the final days of the Battle of the Bulge.

"It was the hardest thing I had to do, going back home and shooting at my countrymen," Mr. Koller recently told his granddaughter. "But I loved this country, and I would do anything for this country."

Mr. Koller retired in 1985 after 42 years with Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.

He was a member of A.J. Jurek Post 1672, American Legion, and St. Amelia's Parish, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and sang in the choir for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Betty Ratzel; a daughter, Susan Burns; and four sons, Michael, James, Mark and Thomas.


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