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Dec. 15, 1924 – March 25, 2013

Lilia D’Angelo, a Tonawanda-area businesswoman, died Monday in Lee Memorial Health Park Hospital, Fort Myers, Fla. She was 88.

Born Lilia DiMatteo in the Town of Alabama, Genesee County, she lived most of her life in the Tonawandas.

During World War II, she worked as a tool distributor at the Curtiss-Wright plant. After the war, she worked at the Wurlitzer plant in North Tonawanda and Spaulding Fibre in the City of Tonawanda.

In the 1950s, Mrs. D’Angelo and her husband, Sam, founded and operated Bright-Col Food Market in the Town of Tonawanda.

She later helped run another of her family’s businesses, Sam D’Angelo & Sons Construction.

She and her husband were avid ballroom dancers.

Her husband of 63 years died in 2005.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandy George, and two sons, Daniel and Craig.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.