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Kathryn C. Naish, 100, retired special education teacher
Aug. 21, 1907 -- Nov. 3, 2007

Kathryn C. Naish of Clarence, a retired teacher, died Saturday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. She was 100.

Born Kathryn Clara Wallenwein in Bennington, she was the granddaughter of the family that farmed and built the stone wall on the land that became the Knox Estate in East Aurora. She grew up in Sheldon and Castile and was president of her class at Castile High School.

She attended Geneseo Normal School from 1927 to 1929, attended classes at Columbia University and New York University, and graduated from Russell Sage College with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. She later earned certification in special education from Buffalo State College.

Mrs. Naish taught physical education in Holley schools from 1931 to 1934, then taught special education classes for 20 years in Buffalo schools, mostly at School 28, retiring in 1974.

She was active in the Mothers Club at Buffalo School 63 and in various church organizations. She was a dedicated supporter of Cradle Beach Camp and the Valparaiso University Guild. She also was a volunteer at Niagara Lutheran Home.

She enjoyed reading, sewing and baking and was renowned among her neighbors for her cookies and sticky buns. She also was an avid supporter of her children's and grandchildren's sports activities and traveled extensively with her husband of 48 years, Alfred J. Sr., director of science in the Buffalo Schools, who died in 1982.

Surviving are two daughters, Jean Kathryn Hoffman and Margaret Heidger, and a son, Alfred John Jr.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale Drive at Union Road, Cheektowaga.


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