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Joseph J. Turici Sr., active in church Feb. 11, 1913 -- Dec. 14, 2006

Joseph J. Turici Sr. of the Town of Tonawanda, an active churchman and Union Carbide retiree, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 93.

Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Turici worked for the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corp., starting as a mail boy in 1930. He transferred from Pittsburgh to Linde's Town of Tonawanda location, where he worked on the Manhattan Project. At the time of his retirement in 1972, Mr. Turici had risen to the rank of industrial relations manager.

A founding member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda, Mr. Turici was an usher and money counter. He also served as president of both the Holy Name and the St. Vincent de Paul societies and was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Mr. Turici played baseball, basketball and handball in his younger years and tennis and golf into retirement.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Jr. and Thomas; and two daughters, Rosanne Urbanski and Mary Ann.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Andrew's Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, with prayers at 10 in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave.

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