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Charles J. Callesto Sr., businessman, World War II veteran Jan. 23, 1926 -- Sept. 20, 2009

Charles J. Callesto Sr., who owned a number of local businesses over the years, died Sunday in his Cheektowaga home. He was 83 years old.

Mr. Callesto was stationed overseas with the Army during World War II, serving in three major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.

In the 1950s, he managed the Little White House Restaurant in Williamsville. He became co-owner of P&C Excavating Co. during the 1960s; later in the decade, he became owner of the Clinton Avenue Restaurant and Lounge on Genesee Street. He owned a liquor store in Kenmore until the 1970s.

Mr. Callesto retired in 1980.

He was a member of the Buffalo Trap and Field Club, as well as the New York State Restaurant Association.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Wolaver; three sons, Charles J. Jr., Richard and James; a sister, Ann Ganson; and a brother, James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca.

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