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Oct. 14, 1925 – April 11, 2014.

Josephine R. Diati, a devoted volunteer, Eucharistic minister and former assistant vice president of Liberty National Bank, died Friday in her Buffalo home after a lengthy illness. She was 88.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, Miss Diati was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School.

After earning an associate degree in banking, she began a job at Liberty National Bank in the 1950s. She eventually earned the position of assistant vice president at the bank, from which she retired in 1988.

A devoted member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in North Buffalo, she served as a Eucharistic minister, helped with bookkeeping and worked on behalf of the church at the Italian Heritage Festival for many years.

Miss Diati received an award from the U.S. Congress for her more than 25 years of service as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

An avid walker, she traveled her neighborhood daily, greeting friends and neighbors.

Miss Diati is survived by a brother, Salvatore.

A private family service will be held.