Ernest P. LaCivita, 92, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston, NY. Born in Lackawanna, NY, he was the son of the late Frank and Leonora (Oddi) LaCivita.
Ernie came to Niagara Falls, NY as a child with his family and grew up at his current residence on 26th Street, where he continued to live until the present time. He attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1939. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as a 2nd Class Motor Machinist from September 15, 1942, until his honorable discharge on December 2, 1945. Ernest worked as a pipefitter at Occidental Petroleum Co. in Niagara Falls until he retired in 1981. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph Church in Niagara Falls. Ernest was an avid bowler and participated in the Occidental Bowling League for over 30 years where he was the recipient of many awards for both individual and team achievements. Among his accomplishments was winning the doubles championship with his brother, Lou, in 1959; the singles class champion in 1964; and in 1967 a team championship award. Ernie was always very social to everyone he met and a big part to his family. Above all, Ernest's greatest pleasure was spending time with his loving family.
Ernest is survived by two brothers, Louis (Gladys) LaCivita of Wheatfield, NY and Albert (Bernice Parenti) LaCivita, Sr. of Lewiston, NY, and was predeceased by three sisters, Edith (late James) Serrio, Celia (late Peter Sr.) Barto and Anne (late Sabbath) Cheff. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be on Saturday from 5-8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, March 24th at 10 AM at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY, with Rev. Duane R. Klizek officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Entombment with military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.
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