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Caroline Tatko, co-owner of Clarence Delicatessen ; April 18, 1921 -- June 21, 2012

Caroline Tatko, former longtime owner of a delicatessen in Buffalo, died Thursday in ElderWood Health Care at Maplewood, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. She was 91.

Born Caroline Krol in Buffalo, she was an honor graduate of Girls Vocational High School and had worked as a pattern cutter for Gertzman Woman's Clothing Manufacturer.

She married Joseph Tatko in 1946 and together they owned and operated the Clarence Delicatessen on Clarence and Hutchinson avenues from 1948 till 1983. In addition to being a neighborhood grocery, the store provided lunches for employees of the nearby Harrison Radiator Division of General Motors and other neighborhood businesses.

She was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church, on Bailey Avenue, and its Ladies Sodality. After moving to Cheektowaga in 1983, she was an active member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, where she was an active member of its Ladies Club and Altar and Rosary Society.

Her husband died in 1994.

Survivors include two daughters, Delphine Scott and Linda Cooper; a sister, Florence Lawicki; and a brother, Henry Krol.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Clinton Street and Willowlawn Parkway.