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Frank M. DeLuca, retired teacher, WWII veteran

June 17, 1927 — April 24, 2016

A Memorial Mass for Frank M. DeLuca, a former teacher in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda and Niagara Falls school districts, will be offered May 13 in St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Woodbury, Conn.

Mr. DeLuca died April 24 in Newtown, Conn, following a brief illness. He was 88.

A Holley native, he was a graduate of Holley High School and Brockport State College.

He also attended the Air Force ROTC at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. DeLuca was a World War II Navy veteran who served on the aircraft carriers USS Kearsarge and USS Randolph.

His teaching career spanned 40 years. Mr. DeLuca variously taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Thomas Jefferson and Charles Lindbergh elementary schools in the Ken-Ton district. He also taught at the 93rd Street School in Niagara Falls. He retired in 1990.

Mr. DeLuca moved to Connecticut in 1995 and was a summer resident of Chautauqua Institution.

His wife of 50 years, Edith, died in 2002.

He is survived by a daughter, Michelle Smith; and a granddaughter.