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Mario J. Colucci, longtime Niagara Falls funeral director, World War II veteran

Oct. 18, 1926 – April 10, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS – Mario J. Colucci, a funeral director here for more than half a century, died Sunday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston. He was 89.

Born in Niagara Falls, the son of a funeral director and the youngest of six children, he was drafted from Niagara Falls High School into the Navy and served in Europe at the end of World War II. Returning from service, he graduated from Trott Vocational High School in 1947 and then studied at the McAllister School of Mortuary Science in New York City, graduating in 1949.

He established the M.J. Colucci Funeral Chapel on 19th Street in 1958 and operated it until he retired in 2014.

His son, John C., joined him and in 2004 opened a new location, M. J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, on Military Road in the Town of Niagara.

Mr. Colucci was a member of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association and the New York State and National Funeral Directors Associations.

A longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, he was an usher, a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a former president of the Holy Name Society.

He also was a member of Niagara Council 247, Knights of Columbus; the Cristoforo Colombo Society, the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and Nick’s Como Gourmet Club.

He enjoyed playing cards with friends.

His wife of 53 years, the former Josephine Muscarella, died in 2004.

In addition to his son, survivors include a sister, Margaret Rutigliano; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave.

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