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Anthony Giansante, founded Gi-Ro Dry Cleaners

Nov. 8, 1925 – April 19, 2014

Anthony Giansante, of Lockport, founder of Gi-Ro Dry Cleaners, died Saturday. He was 88.

Born in Roccamorice, Italy, he came to the United States as a teenager in 1939. A World War II veteran, he served under Gen. George S. Patton in the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Giansante met his wife of 67 years, Angela Dea, when they were children in Italy. They later were reunited in Lockport in 1940. After living briefly in Vineland, N.J., he and his wife settled in Lockport, starting Gi-Ro Dry Cleaners in 1955. They raised nine children.

Known for his generosity, he was a devout Catholic who attended church whenever he could, often rising before dawn for an early morning Mass.

Mr. Giansante was a highly skilled tailor – a trade he learned in Italy – and never fully retired from the business. Until recently, he could still be found sewing buttons at Gi-Ro.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Moose Lodge and an Italian American Club in Florida, where he and his wife spent many winters. He enjoyed running and playing bocce, and he took up golf late in life.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Louis, Joseph, Thomas and David; five daughters, Maryanne Edens, Roseanne Brogan, Susanne Russell, Joanne Bull and Dianne DiPasquale; a sister, Anna Marie Rotondo; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in All Saints Parish, 76 Church St., Lockport.

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