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Hilliard C. Abelson, retired postal worker, Battle of the Bulge veteran

Sept. 17, 1920 – Dec. 2, 2015

Hilliard C. Abelson, a retired postal worker and World War II veteran, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 95.

Born in Brooklyn, he came to Buffalo with his family at age 4 and attended Buffalo schools. He served in the Army during World War II in the 84th Infantry Division and suffered frostbite fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

Returning from service, Mr. Abelson worked in his father’s venetian blind store on Genesee Street, then became a production worker at Westinghouse. In 1965, he became a clerk at the main post office on William Street. He retired in 1985.

A longtime Kenmore resident, he was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and Mount Carmel Lodge.

His wife of 62 years, the former Adele Sadkin, died in 2004. Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Iammarino; a son, Gary; three grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga.

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