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Mary Louise Spratt Viehe, 79, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Chautauqua, a social worker for the Clarence Central Schools for 18 years before she retired in 1985, died Sunday (Sept. 12, 1999) at her home in Chapel Hill after a brief illness.

She was the wife of the Rev. Dr. Carl A. Viehe, minister emeritus of St. Stephen's-Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Amherst.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., she attended Queens College in Charlotte and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a master's degree in social work from Boston University.

In Buffalo, she worked for the Social Service Department of Children's Hospital and with the Williamsville Central Schools before going to work for the Clarence school system.

Mrs. Viehe was given the Social Worker of the Year Award in 1990 by the Western New York Division of the National Association of Social Workers. In May 1991, the Erie County Legislature presented her with a scroll of appreciation for years of commitment to the community. Then-Buffalo Mayor James E. Griffin invited her, along with her husband, to represent Buffalo in a visit to its sister city of Kallinin (Tver) in the former Soviet Union.

She was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

As a longtime resident of Chautauqua, she was a life member of the Chautauqua Women's Club, secretary of the Bird, Tree & Garden Club, secretary of the Chautauqua Society for Peace and Justice, and a life member of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

She and her husband lived in Amherst for 35 years before moving to Chapel Hill in 1991. They also maintained a residence at Chautauqua.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 45 years are a daughter, Carolyn E. Voss of Chicago; a son, Stephen R. of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Ellenora E. Barker of Statesville, N.C., and Joy McCall of Ellerbe, N.C.; a brother, Thomas B. Spratt of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 26 at the United Church of Chapel Hill in North Carolina.


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