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Virginia M. Haroney, world traveler, longtime teacher, volunteer

October 8, 1934 - July 1, 2015

Virginia M. Haroney of Getzville, a world traveler and longtime teacher in the Buffalo School District, died Wednesday in Beechwood Continuing Care. She was 80.

Born in Buffalo, the former Virginia Crehan earned a bachelor’s degree from the Buffalo State Teachers College and a master’s degree from Canisius College. She was a secondary science teacher in the Buffalo School District for 35 years, retiring in 1990. She was named Teacher of the Year while teaching at West Hertel Middle School.

Mrs. Haroney lived nearly her entire life in Buffalo, with the exception of one year in Orleans, France, and two years in Frankfurt, Germany, where she taught at a school for U.S. Army dependents.

She also traveled throughout Russia and the Middle East, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

She was a parishioner of St. John Maron Catholic Church and worked as a volunteer for religious instruction. She also worked on several fundraising projects for the church and community.

Mrs. Haroney volunteered for literacy programs and Meals on Wheels, as well as ushering for Studio Arena Theatre and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Survivors include her husband, Philip H., and brother, Kevin D. Crehan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:45 a.m. Monday in St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville.

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