Elinor Q. Auricchio, a generous supporter and volunteer with a number of local charities, died Wednesday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She was 74.
A graduate of Mount Mercy Academy in 1956, she remained active in the Alumni Association until her death.
In 1985, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and was told she had six months to live. Against the advice of doctors, she chose an aggressive course of treatment and survived, and she remained in good health for 27 more years. During those years, other cancer patients, some complete strangers, would call her upon being diagnosed with cancer, seeking advice and encouragement.
Mrs. Auricchio served as a volunteer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Meals on Wheels in the 1990s and gave generously to both charities, in addition to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Born in South Buffalo, she lived in Orchard Park with her husband, Michael, since 1958. She was a member of Orchard Park Country Club and served as a Eucharistic minister at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church.
Besides her husband of 54 years, she is survived by a daughter, Patricia; two sons, Michael and James; three brothers, Jack, David and James Quinn; and a sister, Marie Westermeier.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Nativity of Our Lord Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park.