May 10, 1926 – March 29, 2014

Marco A. Preziuso of Cheektowaga, a World War II veteran, was one of the region’s last milkmen who delivered milk door-to-door in returnable glass bottles.

Mr. Preziuso died Saturday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, after a long illness. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he quit high school to work on local farms to support his family. During World War II, he joined the Army and was wounded in battle in France. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Preziuso worked for Fairmont Foods and later for Upstate Dairy as a milkman, delivering door-to-door.

According to his family, Mr. Preziuso once received special recognition from his employer after saving the life of a customer who was choking when he arrived at the woman’s door with her milk order. Mr. Preziuso hit the woman on the back, and she began breathing again. He retired in 1985.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Vivian Petersen; two sons, Michael and John; three daughters, Lynne Jakubik, Ellen Settlecowski and Carol Deschenes; and a sister, Josephine Groves.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Martha Catholic Church, 10 French Road, Depew.