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Longtime community volunteer Marcella Rodgers Berean, 91, died Friday (Oct. 18, 1996) in Niagara Lutheran Delaware Home after a long illness.

A retired museum curator and cancer research assistant, she was well known in local Republican circles and had been an elections inspector in the city's Allentown area for nearly three decades, holding that post until three years ago. In recent years, she had also been a volunteer for the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross.

A native of Cincinnati, the former Marcella Rodgers attended Ohio State University and received a degree in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1927.

She also lived in New York City, where she worked for Lord & Taylor, before joining the Cincinnati Art Museum in the late 1920s.

She was the registrar and a curator at the museum before her marriage to John Hurley Berean of Hamburg in 1935. He died in 1985.

During World War II and for several years after, Mrs. Berean lived in Hamburg and was a volunteer at Buffalo General Hospital. From 1962 to 1972, she worked as a research assistant to a physician at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

After her retirement, she was a volunteer at Children's Hospital and, in the mid-1970s, at Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County. She also worked for a time at the Burchfield Art Center of Buffalo State College.

A resident of the city's Allentown area from the 1960s to the early 1990s when she moved to the Bristol Home, Mrs. Berean had lived in the Niagara Lutheran Delaware Home for the past two years.

She was a former extraordinary minister at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Edward Street.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

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