on July 9, 2013 - 11:25 PM
April 14, 1918 – July 8, 2013
NIAGARA FALLS – Alfred Anthony Gaeta, a retired factory worker and decorated World War II veteran, died Monday in his Niagara Falls home. He was 95.
Born in Niagara Falls, he attended 13th Street School, South Junior High School and Trott Vocational High School.
He served for five years in the Army, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Wounded in action in France, he was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
Returning from service, he worked for several years at International Paper and then for 29 years at DuPont in Niagara Falls, retiring in 1978.
Mr. Gaeta was a skilled carpenter, plumber, mechanic, millwright and woodworker. He made toys and stepstools for his many grandchildren.
An avid reader and history buff, for more than 50 years he enjoyed spending Sundays on his land on the Lake Ontario shore with his family.
Mr. Gaeta and his wife were active members of the YMCA for many years and were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for more than 50 years.
He was a leader in the Holy Name Society and enjoyed traveling with the church’s senior citizen groups.
His wife of 59 years, Clara Fruscione Gaeta, died in 2005.
Survivors include two sons, Anthony and Alfred F., and four daughters, Annabella Goodman, Paulette, Mary Ann Mohr and Christine Edwards.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Raphael Parish, 3840 Macklem Ave.