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Canisius E. Kroth, chemist, computer programmer; Feb. 6, 1932 -- June 22, 2012

Canisius E. Kroth, a research chemist for 23 years and later a computer programmer for two organizations, died Friday in his West Seneca home after a long battle with esophageal cancer. He was 80.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Kroth graduated from Canisius High School in 1950 and earned a bachelor's degree from Canisius College four years later. He then served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy.

He often joked about the fact that both his alma maters shared his first name.

He even had a scholarship offer from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute but quipped, "I can't go to St. Joe's with a name like Canisius," according to one of his daughters, Joanne Kersten. And some of his classmates turned the coincidence into a nickname, calling him "St. Joe's."

Mr. Kroth started his career in 1957 as a research chemist at Spaulding Fibre in the City of Tonawanda, where he worked for 23 years. He then worked as a computer programmer, first for Computer Task Group and later for the Buffalo Police Department. He retired in August 2002 at age 70.

A longtime member of St. Teresa's Parish in Buffalo, Mr. Kroth served as president of the school's Parent-Teacher Club and as president of the Mount Mercy Academy Parents Guild. He was a recent member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Elma.

Mr. Kroth was a member of the Holy Name Society and enjoyed gardening, photography, remodeling and electrical work. Family members said he was a jack of all trades and a master of them all.

Survivors include his wife of almost 58 years, the former Alice Maciejewski; two daughters, Tammy Spencer and Joanne Kersten; and a son, Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Gabriel Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, preceded by prayers at 8:45 in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, 4680 Clinton St., West Seneca.