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Peter P. Scarcello, 91, retired physical therapist; Sept. 24, 1920 -- Feb. 22, 2012

Peter P. Scarcello, a retired physical therapist, died Wednesday at his home in South Buffalo. He was 91.

Born in Galeton, Pa., he was raised in Buffalo and was a 1939 graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School.

Mr. Scarcello served six years in the Navy aboard the USS Marcus Island in the Asiatic and Pacific theaters, including the Philippine Islands, during World War II.

In 1953, he earned a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy from Ithaca College.

Mr. Scarcello had his own private physical therapy practice in addition to working with various physicians throughout the region. He later worked at the Bethlehem Steel Clinic in Lackawanna. Upon the closing of the steel plant in 1982, he went to work for the Visiting Nursing Association, from which he retired in the late 1990s.

He was a parishioner of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as a lector, as well as a Eucharistic minister.

His wife of 59 years, Lillian M. Whalen Scarcello, died Nov. 3.

He is survived by three daughters, Paula Fitzgerald, Sandy Kelly and Lisa Drake; and two sons, Peter and David.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Martin of Tours Church, 1140 Abbott Road.

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