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Barbara B. Albrecht, special-education teacher; June 1, 1931 -- June 17, 2012

Barbara B. Albrecht, a retired special-education teacher, died Sunday in her East Aurora home after a lengthy illness. She was 81.

Born Barbara Brehm in Uniontown, Pa., she moved with her family to the Buffalo area when she was a teenager. She was a graduate of Williamsville High School and attended Ohio State University.

Mrs. Albrecht was a special-education teacher at East Aurora Middle School for several years during the 1970s and 1980s.

She was a longtime member of and contributor to the Abigails in East Aurora, a group named for the wife of former President Millard Fillmore. The group's handcrafts are sold to benefit the Millard Fillmore Museum.

She was an active member of St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church in the Town of Tonawanda, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.

Mrs. Albrecht's garden was featured in the East Aurora Garden Tour. She also had placed second in a statewide garden club competition, for an arrangement commemorating the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Joseph A. Jr.; two sons, Joseph A. III and John B.; a daughter, Amy A. Schmid; two sisters, Patricia Sullivan and Marjorie Brehm; and a brother, Ralph Brehm.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Bartholomew's Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.