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Aug. 15, 1918 – March 24, 2014

Marie Ida Monaco of Cheektowaga died March 24 in Sisters of Charity Hospital after a long illness. She was 95.

Born Marie Ida Amoroso in Buffalo, she graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and attended Continental School of Cosmetology in Buffalo.

A licensed beautician, she became the proprietor of Marie’s Beauty Shop in the 1940s and continued to service customers until her retirement in the 1990s.

Mrs. Monaco was one of the original “Rosie the Riveter” girls, part of a wave of women who stepped up to work on assembly lines during World War II. Joyce Stoeckl said her mother worked on the Curtiss-Wright assembly line while her father served in the Navy during the war.

Mrs. Monaco was a member of St. Bartholomew Altar & Rosary Society and also enjoyed bowling, cards and bingo.

Her husband of 68 years, Angelo R., died in 2009.

Survivors include another daughters, Donna Smock; a son, Anthony; a sister, Ida Guskic; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on March 28 in St. Phillip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.