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Shehat R. Osmani, 92, owned insurance agency
March 13, 1919 -- April 25, 2011

Shehat R. Osmani, who helped hide Jewish residents from the Nazis in his native Albania and after World War II struggled against communism in Eastern Europe before settling in Buffalo, died Monday in his Buffalo home. He was 92.

Mr. Osmani had attended the Royal Military Academy in Torino, Italy, before World War II. In 1957, after 12 years of civil war, prison, exile and concentration camps in Albania and what was then Yugoslavia, he and his family came to Buffalo.

Over the next 54 years, he raised his family and built and ran the Osmani Insurance Agency, retiring in 1993. He hosted a visit from the king of Albania and was president of the Albania-American Club in Buffalo. He was an active member of the Captive Nations Committee, an organization that works to free countries from communism.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Muakades Jegeni; two daughters, Flora and Bedrije; three brothers, Haidar, Bajram and Haki; and a sister, Ismtka.

His funeral will be at 9 a.m. today in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave.

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