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Louis S. Burgio, retired insurance agent, WWII veteran <br> Sept. 18, 1918 -- April 11,2007

A service for Louis S. Burgio, a retired insurance agent and World War II veteran, will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Lovejoy Gospel Church, 5423 Genesee St., Lancaster.

Mr. Burgio died Wednesday at his home in Buffalo. He was 89.

A Buffalo native, he was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School. During World War II, he served as a sergeant with the 8th Air Force in England, where he repaired B-17 bombers. He was discharged in 1945, returned to Buffalo and briefly began work at Bell Aircraft. In 1946, he and his brothers operated a grocery store and meat market on Masten Avenue.

In 1951, he went to work as a sales manager for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. In 1977, he became the European agent for Met Life, based in Naples, Italy, where for seven years he and his wife of 65 years, the former Frances Dispenza, lived in a condominium facing the Bay of Naples.

A highlight of their life together in Europe was visiting the Mercedes factory in Germany, where they picked up their new car and then traveled throughout Europe and Sicily.

When Mr. Burgio retired in 1983, the couple returned to Buffalo aboard the Queen Elizabeth II. They spent their winters in Clearwater, Fla., for the next 20 years.

Mr. Burgio was a sports fan and bocce player.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, the Rev. Ronald, Donald and Robert, and a daughter, Sharon Warning.


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