Feb. 8, 1922 – Nov. 17, 2012

NIAGARA FALLS – Nino Montani, of Niagara Falls, a veteran of World War II and a founder of the former Hooker Employee Federal Credit Union, died Saturday in the Schoellkopf Health Care Facility. He was 90.

A native of Niagara Falls, Mr. Montani was a member in the early 1940s of the Washington Redskins Marching Band, the first National Football League team to have a band.

He served in the Army from 1942 until he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1946. He was involved in the campaigns in Central Europe and the Rhineland.

Mr. Montani worked for 40 years at Hooker Chemical Co., now Occidental Chemical, becoming a principal control instrument engineer. He traveled throughout the world as part of his job.

Working at his dining room table in 1953, he helped form the Hooker Credit Union, now Niagara’s Choice Federal Credit Union. He was a former director of the state Credit Union Association and was elected to the association’s Hall of Fame.

Mr. Montani was an avid bowler. He served in the 1970s as a member of the Niagara County Democratic Committee. He also as a member of American Legion Portage Post 1465.

In his spare time, he enjoyed working on cars, especially on his Chevrolet Corvair.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Mary Maietta; two daughters, Gloria Salciccioli and Marie Shank; and a son, Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, following prayers at 9:15 a.m. in M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Town of Niagara.