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BLANTERN - Joseph R. 74, on May 10, 2019, at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY. Born on May 19, 1944, in Buffalo, NY. Joseph was the son of the late George R. and Angeline M. (Gulino) Blantern; beloved husband of Barbara A. (Welker) Blantern; loving brother of Janet (John) Ketterer, Ann (late Gary) Massingale and George (Debbie) Blantern; cherished great-uncle and godfather to Gered Welker; uncle to two nieces, nine nephews, four great-nieces and one great-nephew. He was also the devoted brother-in-law of Gerald (Kathy) Welker and Rita (late Thomas) Welker; special cousin of Linda (Robert) Noble and Sam (Karin) Gulino, and is also survived by many other cousins and was predeceased by two great-nephews. Visitation will be on Friday, May 17 from 4 - 8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Joseph's Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul Parish at St. Leo's Church, 2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY at 11 AM. Entombment with Military Honors in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. Memorials in Joseph's honor may be sent to Niagara Hospice or to the Alzheimer's Association. Visit for online condolences.

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