Shirley Beiter of Cheektowaga, an active community and church volunteer, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Hospital. She was 80.
The former Shirley Mullane grew up in Buffalo and attended Holy Angels School. She met her husband, Kenneth W. Beiter, in 1946.
Although she worked as an income tax preparer, her children said her passion was volunteering. She raised money for her church, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church in Cheektowaga. She also was an active volunteer at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in the Town of Tonawanda, where her sons went to school, and she served as co-president of the school's Parents Guild in the late 1960s.
"I think she especially enjoyed making a difference in the lives of others," said a grandson, Jack O'Donnell, who added that she passed on her love of helping others to those around her.
"That's why her children are very involved and her grandkids are as well," he said.
Mrs. Beiter was the mother of Denise O'Donnell, commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services and a former U.S. attorney for the Western District.
In addition to her husband of 61 years and daughter, survivors include three sons, Kevin, Guy and Sean; two other daughters, Nora K. McGuire and Carrie Frank; a sister, Barbara Norton; and a son, Thomas Mullane.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.