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Leola J. Coniglio

July 24, 2013
The OBSERVER

Leola J. Coniglio, 89, of Fredonia, NY passed away peacefully Monday (July 22, 2013) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk surrounded by her family. She was born in Dunkirk on Feb. 19, 1924, the eldest daughter of the late Harold and Bernice (Szclaszkiewicz) VandeVelde. A lifelong local resident, Leola graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1942. After receiving her nursing training and diploma from Meyer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, she was commissioned as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1944. She served in the Pacific Theater caring for our wounded troops in both Hawaii and Guam. Following her honorable discharge in 1946, Leola returned to Dunkirk. She met and eventually married the late Louis Coniglio of Fredonia on Nov. 15, 1947. She continued her nursing career at Brooks Memorial Hospital and worked there 40 years, including the last 18 years as the Head Nurse on 3A. Leola was a founding member of the Frank Acquavia American Legion Auxiliary for more than 67

 
 

 

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