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March 26, 1917 – July 7, 2014

Joseph V. Nicosia, of Orchard Park, a bricklayer and stonemason, died Monday in Absolut Care of Orchard Park after a short illness. He was 97.

Born in Buffalo, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 and was assigned as a lumberjack near Seattle.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II as a mechanic for airplanes flying “the Hump” spanning India, Burma and China.

Returning from service, he began a 33-year career as a bricklayer and stonemason, retiring in 1979. He was a life member of Bricklayers Local 3.

Mr. Nicosia was a life member of Orchard Park Post 6247, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion. He also was a past member of the Romulus Club.

His wife of 59 years, Mary LoCurto Nicosia, died in 2005.

Survivors include a son, Steven; a daughter, Kathleen Pares; three sisters, Madelyn Russell, Edith MacFarland and Antoinette “Pat” Kwiatkowski; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.