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DEC. 24, 1926 -- NOV. 29, 2004

Maxine O'Rourke, formerly of Buffalo, died Monday in a Johnson City nursing home where she had lived for the past three years. She was 77.

Born Maxine Glebe in Scottsbluff, Neb., she had a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

After moving to the Buffalo area with her husband, James D., she worked as an auditor in the Erie County controller's office.

She had a special fondness for West Highland and Scottish terriers and once bred a litter of puppies.

She enjoyed reading and had many hobbies in retirement, including woodworking, making stained-glass windows and lamps, quilting and china painting.

Mrs. O'Rourke also loved to travel.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Amherst and was active in the Amherst Senior Center.

Her husband of 53 years died in 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Thompson of Franklin; three sisters, Wilma McIllece of Georgetown, Texas, Betty Riley of Mitchell, Neb., and Margaret Thompson of Lincoln, Neb.; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.


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