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Joseph Anzalone, WWII vet, retired librarian

Sept. 7, 1923 – June 26, 2015

Joseph Anzalone, a World War II veteran and retired librarian, died Friday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 91.

Born in Marion, Ill., to native Sicilians, Mr. Anzalone moved as a youngster to the Rochester area and later to Buffalo.

He served in the Philippines during World War II as an Italian translator for prisoners of war.

He studied at Geneseo State College and Syracuse University and worked as a librarian at the Lackawanna Public Library prior to being hired as librarian at Alden High School, where he worked 27 years until his retirement in 1980.

Mr. Anzalone was a world traveler and voracious reader. Once a week, “he would go to the main library downtown and take out about 20 books, and a few days later he would have them all read,” said his daughter, Janice.

Mr. Anzalone regularly traveled to Europe and Mexico and visited all of the inland states, Canada and Africa.

He was married for 51 years to Louise, who died in 2003.

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