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Vanda T. Coppola, 94, operated hardware store in Town of Tonawanda

July 1, 1924 — Sept. 25, 2018

Vanda T. Coppola, of the Town of Tonawanda, co-owner with her husband of Del-Ridge Hardware in the Town of Tonawanda, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. She was 94.

Born in Buffalo, the youngest of three children, the former Vanda Vispi was a 1942 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and remained close with many of her classmates throughout her life.

She and Peter L. Coppola, a friend of her brother's and a paint salesman for Glidden Co., were married in 1947.

The Coppolas opened Del-Ridge Hardware at Delaware and Oakridge avenues in 1953 and — after her husband was appointed chief court officer in State Supreme Court in 1973 — she continued to operate the store with her father-in-law until it was sold in 1984.

For many years, she was a poll worker in the Town of Tonawanda for the Erie County Board of Elections.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Brighton Volunteer Fire Company No. 5, where her husband was president and a longtime member of the board of commissioners.

A parishioner at St. Amelia's Catholic Church, she was active in the Ladies of Charity and a Bingo volunteer. She also was a volunteer for several other community organizations.

She was a devoted Bills, Sabres and Yankees fan. She and her husband, who died in 2006, had been Bills season ticket holders in War Memorial Stadium.

Survivors include three sons, Peter R., Paul and Robert; a daughter, Patricia Farrell; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in St. Amelia’s Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

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