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Arlene M. Burgio, former delicatessen owner, active in church groups

Oct. 22, 1927 – May 6, 2016

Arlene M. Burgio, of the Town of Tonawanda, a former delicatessen owner active in faith-based organizations, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 88.

Born in Buffalo, she was the daughter of Adam and Veronica Mirkiewicz, owners of the Adam Mirkiewicz and Sons meat market at 1075 Sycamore St. on the city’s East Side. During the 1960s, she owned and operated Burgio’s Deli on the West Side.

While living in Buffalo, she was a Girl Scout leader at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church.

After moving to the Town of Tonawanda, Mrs. Burgio became active in St. Andrew’s Parish, where she was a Eucharistic minister. She was a dedicated member of Kairos Prison Ministry, Cursillo, Marriage Encounter and Our Ladies of Charity.

She also was a volunteer for the Friends of Night People, Cana Grace and Harvest House.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Joseph R. Sr.; three sons, Joseph R. Jr., Michael and Christopher; a brother, Paul Mirkiewicz; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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