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Louis A. Corsetti, railroad worker, WWII veteran

Nov. 15, 1925 – April 12, 2013

Louis A. Corsetti of Hamburg, a longtime railroad employee, an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, and an artist, died Friday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 87.

Born in Rochester, Mr. Corsetti was a graduate of Far Rockaway (Long Island) High School. He studied at Traphagen School of Fashion Design in New York City and earned an associate of arts degree from Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute, Farmingdale.

During World War II, Mr. Corsetti served in the Pacific Theatre, first on Saipan, then on Guam; he specialized in radio and electronics. He moved to Buffalo in the early 1950s.

Mr. Corsetti was a conductor/brakeman during a railroading career that began in 1953. He worked on steam engines for the old Pennsylvania Railroad, later Penn Central, and retired in 1988 from Conrail.Described by family as warm, loving and generous, Mr. Corsetti was an avid philatelist who had been fascinated with collecting stamps since age 10. He also was an artist who captured local landscapes in pen and ink and watercolors. As a railroader, Mr. Corsetti grew to appreciate the beauty of the Southern Tier and northern Pennsylvania, including Keating Summit in Potter County. He was a member of Veterans of Foreigns Wars Post 1419, Town of Hamburg.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Gloria Picerno; two daughters, Luanne Samson and Dina Rath; and two sons, Ronald and Craig.

A Mass of Christian Burial with military honors will be offered at a later date.

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