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Dec. 5, 1928 – April 17, 2014

Louis J. Pacella, a longtime dentist, died Thursday at his Lewiston home after a brief illness. He was 88.

A lifelong resident of the Niagara Falls area, he attended local schools.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on Jan. 25, 1945. Following his military service, he continued his education at Niagara University and later graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1955.

Dr. Pacella completed his oral surgery internship at Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital.

He went on to practice dentistry and oral surgery for 44 years at his office on Main Street in Niagara Falls, until his retirement in 1999.

He was a member and a former president of the Eighth District Dental Society as well as a member of the American Dental Association, Niagara County Dental Society and the Niagara Frontier Country Club.

He enjoyed golfing and was extremely handy with do-it-yourself projects.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Antoinette Centofanti; three sons, Gary, Alan and John; two sisters, Gloria Rignall and Evelyn Pullo; and two grandchildren.

Services will be scheduled by the family.