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NOV. 6, 1933 -- NOV. 19, 2004

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jean Bilger, a retired public health supervisor and onetime political aide to former Erie County Legislator William Pauly, will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Prayers will be said at 8:30 in Dengler Funeral Home, 2070 Eggert Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Miss Bilger, 71, died Friday in her home in Mesa, Ariz.

She received the Ledwith J. "Bud" Brennan Jr. Memorial Award from the Amherst Republican Committee for her service to the 14th Legislative District from 1991 to 1996.

Born in Buffalo, Miss Bilger graduated from E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 and from D'Youville College in 1964.

Her nursing career took her from the Erie County Health Department to a position as public health supervisor for Buffalo's public and parochial schools, and then to public health supervisor of the county's well-child clinics.

A Eucharistic minister at St. Leo's, she was a tireless volunteer in the community.

Miss Bilger retired to Mesa with her twin sister, Joan R.

Survivors also include two brothers, Albert C. of Bradenton, Fla., and Clayton H. of Venice, Fla.


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