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Norman C. Kreuz, advertising salesman for telephone directories

Aug. 19, 1927 – Nov. 18, 2017

Norman C. Kreuz, an advertising salesman for telephone directories, died Saturday in his Williamsville home after a long illness. He was 90.

Born in Swanton, Ohio, the seventh of 11 children in a farm family, he served in the Navy at the end of World War II and in the Naval Reserve.

After earning an associate’s degree in business from the University of Detroit, he joined Ohio Bell Telephone Co. in 1953, selling advertising for the Yellow Pages.

After L.M. Berry and Co. took over Ohio Bell’s Yellow Pages division, Mr. Kreuz continued in sales and was transferred from Cleveland to Buffalo in 1969. He later worked for the White Directory, retiring in 1992.

He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Lockport Town and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Eloise Okuley, a registered nurse; a daughter, Ann Banas; five sons, Timothy, Daniel, Joe, Terry and Thomas; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.

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