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 Marion W. Catania

Marion W. Catania

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Death 1 Nov 2008 (aged 88)
Burial Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 32637262 · View Source
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Marion W. Catania passed peacefully in his home with his family by his side on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008.
Marion was born in Fredonia, N.Y., on Oct. 11, 1920, the son of the late Ross and Josephine (Caruso) Catania.
Marion graduated from Fredonia Central School in Fredonia, N.Y., and joined the Army Air Force in 1942 where he was a part of a flight group stationed in the Pacific Theatre known as the Flying Tigers. Marion was a tail gunner on a B24 and left as a Staff Sgt. in 1945.
On Nov. 4, 1949, at St. James Major in Westfield, N.Y., Marion was married to his wife of 59 years, Mary Lou Copenhaver.
Marion worked for General Electric for 12 years from 1947 to 1959. After several layoffs, Marion became a partner in Larson Auto Service. Upon his partner's death in 1962, Marion became employed by Ajax Flexible Coupling Company which later evolved into Reynold, Inc. where he retired from.
During his years of employment, Marion also owned and operated, along with his wife, a grape farm with membership in National Grape Co-Op for over 40 years. He was one of the original partners in the Lucky 7 grape harvesting group.
Marion enjoyed several other activities in his lifetime. He and his former partner, Carl Larson, enjoyed many deer hunting trips in New York and Pennsylvania. Marion had an active interest in stock car racing, which started with his former partner Carl in the early 1960s and had carried through with his being a great help to his son, Bill, during his entire racing career. Marion enjoyed spending time with his family and working around his home and taking care of his gardens filled with vegetables and berries. He also enjoyed flying, holding a private pilots license in his younger years.
Marion was a lifetime member of the VFW, Westfield Moose, American Legion and the Fish & Game Club. Marion attended St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church (formerly St. James Major) in Westfield, N.Y.
Marion was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Catania of Jamestown; brother, Nicholas Catania; a sister, Mary St. George; and his parents, Ross and Josephine Catania, all of Fredonia.
Marion is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Lou (Copenhaver) Catania; his sister, Bessie Caccamise of Fredonia; a son, William Catania of Westfield; and a daughter, Catherine Catania (David) Ferguson of West-field. There are also four grandchildren, William (Lynne) Catania of Erie, Pa.; Carri Catania (Kenneth) Knapp of South Carolina; Gabrielle Ferguson of Reading, Pa.; and Lauren Ferguson of Westfield N.Y. and four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher, Jenna and Madelyn.


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  • Created by: Kathy Sloan
  • Added: 4 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32637262
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marion W. Catania (11 Oct 1920–1 Nov 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32637262, citing Saint James Cemetery, Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Sloan (contributor 46775251) .