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March 24, 1937-July 28, 2014

Rosalie P. Scinta, of Eden, founder and former owner of three restaurants, died Monday in Mercy Hospital following a brief illness. She was 77.

Born Rosalie Pinto, she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1955.

With her husband of 55 years, Joseph J. Sr., former Buffalo deputy police commissioner, Mrs. Scinta operated the original Avenue Pizza at Hertel and Colvin avenues in Buffalo; Scinta’s Village Restaurant at Delaware and Parkwood avenues in Kenmore; and Spiro’s Restaurant on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore.

She served on several alumni committees that planned and organized high school reunions for her class. She remained friends with many of her classmates and enjoyed having lunch with them once a month.

“She had a passion for entertaining people,” said Tina Neureuter, Mrs. Scinta’s daughter.

In addition to her husband and daughter, survivors include a son, Joseph Jr.; another daughter, Maria; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore.