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Dorothy V. O'Donnell, retired teacher
Aug. 13, 1910 -- Jan. 31, 2006

Dorothy V. O'Donnell, a retired teacher, died Jan. 31 in Sisters Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 95.

Born in Minneapolis, she moved to Buffalo as a child and graduated from South Park High School and Buffalo Normal School.

She began her teaching career as a substitute and later obtained a permanent appointment, teaching primary grades at Schools 3 and 81, among others. Wolf Blitzer, now a news anchor for CNN, is among her former pupils.

After retiring in the early 1970s, Miss O'Donnell continued using her teaching skills as part of the religious education program at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda, and as a tutor for Erie County's literacy program.

She was an amateur photographer as early as the 1930s, and later in life took up painting. An avid reader throughout her life, Miss O'Donnell turned to books on tape when she lost her eyesight.

In recent years, she spent winters at Jekyll Island, Ga., with her brother, Richard of East Aurora, who survives her.

A devout Catholic, Miss O'Donnell was a member of the Blue Army and led the recitation of the rosary for many years at St. John's. She attended Mass daily, there and at Immaculate Conception Church in East Aurora, where she moved in 1995.

In 2002, she became a resident of Holy Family Home in Williamsville. Later, she moved to Tennyson Court Senior Care Community in Amherst.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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