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Frances Brockmyre Berst, retired medical technologist

April 25, 1922 – July 11, 2015

Frances Brockmyre Berst, a retired medical technologist, died Saturday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. She was 93.

A Canandaigua native, she graduated from the Canandaigua Academy in 1940 and the University of Buffalo in 1944.

Mrs. Berst spent her career employed at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass., Buffalo General Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She worked closely with Dr. Marvin L. Bloom, a highly regarded hematology professional, and with Dr. William Dameshek, a renowned clinical hematologist.

Mrs. Berst was part of the early team that developed the pacemaker. She was the co-author of “Normal Bone Marrow as Obtained by Sternal Puncture,” a widely cited research article published in 1947 in the scientific journal “Blood.”

She enjoyed birding, reading, concerts and the arts, and was a parishioner of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church in Cheektowaga for more than 60 years.

Survivors include two sons, Frank and John; one granddaughter; and one grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Tuesday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

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