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Stephen Liberti, 76, factory worker and businessman

April 26, 1940 – April 25, 2017

Stephen Liberti, of North Buffalo, a factory worker and businessman, died Tuesday in Erie County Medical Center from injuries suffered in an auto accident four days earlier. He would have been 77 on Wednesday.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1958 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and attended Medaille College.
Mr. Liberti began his career at the Ford Stamping Plant, then in 1965 went to Bethlehem Steel, where he worked for many years an electrician. He also served as union president.

He and his wife founded Liberti Insurance, an independent insurance agency, and in 1974 opened the Main Deli at Main Street and Fillmore Avenue, where they employed hundreds of students during more than 20 years of operation. When the Tralfamadore Cafe moved downtown, he purchased its basement location and ran a bar there for several years.

When he retired from the steel plant in 2002, he began to purchase properties in Allentown and the West Side. Beginning with his parents’ home on Normal Avenue, he acquired 40 rental units.

His wife of 54 years, the former Marlene Berta, a master gardener, died in 2015.

Survivors include a son, John Sr.; a daughter, Suzanne Liberti Gaskill; a sister, Joanne Liberti Farrauto; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave.

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