Edmar Foods Co-Founder Lavelle Dies at Age 79

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Funeral services are scheduled here Tuesday for Martin Lavelle, a former A&P executive who co-founded the Edmar Foods supermarket chain in the Chicago area.

Lavelle died May 9 at age 79.

He began his career as a stock boy at age 16 at Del Farms Foods, which was owned by National Tea Co. He rose in the ranks at National to become a district manager, then director of sale

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