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Iside M. Tiranno, chef at Johnny’s Meats

Aug. 23, 1932 – Dec. 29, 2014

Iside “Izzy” M. Tiranno, known for the Italian specialties she cooked at her husband’s market, Johnny’s Meats on Hertel Avenue, died Monday at her home in Clarence. She was 82.

The former Iside D’Andrea was born in the small town of San Pio, Italy. During World War II, German soldiers commandeered her family home for over a year. As a young teenager, she moved to the United States, where her father had come to find work and met him for the first time.

She completed high school at Sacred Heart Academy and went on to college and nursing school, working at Sister’s Hospital until 1966.

Mrs. Tiranno’s first husband died at age 30, leaving her to raise their 18-month-old daughter and 6-month-old son.

Several years later, she married John Tiranno, owner of Johnny’s Meats, and became known for such specialties as lasagna, sauce and tripe. Mr. Tiranno died in 1999.

She retired in 2013 while her son, daughter and grandson have continued cooking using her recipes at the store.

Survivors include five daughters, Paula Janicki, Carol Vogel, Laurie Aloisio, Donna Burczynski and Lisa Tiranno; two sons, Michael Aloisio and Charles Tiranno; 15 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 100 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.

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