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    Obituary: Penn. Grocer Herman Magnotto, 84

    The 50-year veteran independent grocer was a fixture in the state's food retailing community.

    A Mass of Christian burial will be held today for retired grocer Herman P. Magnotto, who passed away peacefully earlier this week following an extended illness.

    Magnotto, 84, father of Progressive Grocer's editorial advisory board member Michael Magnotto, was active member both of his community and his church, as well as a grocery industry veteran with a career that spanned 50 years.

    During his active years as an independent grocer, Magnotto was a member of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association and was one of the most popular grocers in the now defunct Golden Dawn chain.

    After his official retirement in 1985, Magnotto continued to assist his son, Michael, at his former County Market, well as his existing Hermitage Shop 'n Save where he could be seen daily.

    An alumnus of Farrell High School, Magnotto was one of the school district's staunchest supporters throughout his life, and was a familiar face at most Farrell home games. He attended Youngstown State University before entering the grocery business.

    He was an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, where he served on church council for 6 years. He was also instrumental in organizing the first Holy Name Society at the former St. Anthony's Church, Sharon, which is now the Holy Name Society at Our Lady of Fatima Church.

    Magnotto volunteered countless hours at church functions, including bingo, for 30 years. He also formerly served on the board of directors at John XXIII Senior Home in Hermitage, Pa.

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