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Mary A. Righetti, 68, of Amherst, a retired Niagara Falls teacher who was active in youth sports, died Wednesday (Sept. 15, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness.

A Buffalo native, the former Mary Lorefice was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and Buffalo State College, where she earned a master's degree in exceptional education.

She taught for 17 years at Gaskill Elementary School, retiring in 1997. She was the first woman elected president of the Hertel-North Park Little League and received its President's Award in 1970.

Mrs. Righetti also coached the St. Joseph's Catholic Youth Organization girls softball and basketball teams and guided the basketball team to three straight league titles, ending her coaching career with the 1974 CYO Diocesan Championship.

Survivors include two sons, Charles of Buffalo and Paul of Amherst; a daughter, Roslyn of Buffalo; her mother, Rose Lorefice of Amherst; a sister, Betty Lorefice of Amherst; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mark's Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave., after prayers at 9:15 in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Entombment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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