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SEPT. 14, 1936 -- NOV. 9, 2004

A Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara M. Wolski will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mrs. Wolski died Tuesday in her Orlando, Fla., home after a lengthy illness. She was 68.

She was born Barbara Claus in Buffalo. Her singing voice won her a full scholarship to Rosary Hill College. Instead of pursuing a career in New York City, she used her artistic talent to help develop young performers.

Locally, she performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and she also entertained troops stationed at Nike missile bases, performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Junior Committee.

Mrs. Wolski had competed in and won several voice competitions since childhood. One of the early victories was on "Uncle Bill's Children's Hour."

"She had a glorious voice," said her husband, David F. of Orlando.

After leaving the area in 1986, she and her family lived several places. She had lived in Orlando for the past 5 1/2 years.

Wherever she lived, Mrs. Wolski worked with youth groups, volunteered in nursing homes and food pantries,and with Meals on Wheels.

Besides her husband, survivors include a daughter, Claudia M. O'Keefe of Buffalo; a son, Andrew of Windermere, Fla.; a brother, John Claus of West Seneca; and a grandson.