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Feb. 24, 1940 — June 15, 2013

Joseph Vincent Nardiello, Ph.D., a retired professor in foreign languages at Buffalo State College, died last Saturday in his Orchard Park home after a long illness. He was 73.

Born in Waterbury, Conn., he earned his bachelor’s degree at Trinity College and his master’s degree at Middlebury College. He went on to earn a doctorate in romance languages at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Nardiello moved to Buffalo in 1970, assuming a position as a professor in the foreign language department at Buffalo State the same year. He retired in 2000.

Dr. Nardiello was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral for 40 years, serving as a warden for 10 years and on the vestry.

An enthusiastic gardener, he worked on the Bonsai Collection at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and as a docent at Graycliff Conservancy.

Dr. Nardiello also gave nature tours and worked on the gardens at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Society and at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Also an extensive traveler, he visited Europe, Asia and Latin America.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Byerly Nardiello; and a sister Carmeline Filippone.

A private interment is planned at St. Paul’s Cathedral.