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Rose Marie M. DiVencenzo, teacher, active in church

Feb. 6, 1936 – Dec. 8, 2015

Rose Marie M. DiVencenzo, longtime Williamsville resident, schoolteacher, active churchwoman and 25-year survivor of pancreatic cancer, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. She was 79.

A Buffalo native, the former Rose Marie Azzarelli was a graduate of Nardin Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College, where she served as Student Government president. She also earned a master’s degree in education from Canisius College. Mrs. DiVencenzo started her career teaching English at Lancaster High School and for many years taught as a substitute in the Williamsville Central School District.

As a pancreatic cancer survivor, Mrs. DiVencenzo inspired others afflicted with the disease as well as other adversities. As part of her ministry at St. Gregory the Great Parish, she offered Communion to parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes. She and her husband of 57 years, Charles, served as co-chairs of the Parish Council and as Pre-Cana counselors.

Mrs. DiVencenzo was considered a tireless advocate for family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, writing, travel, gardening and dance.

Survivors in addition to her husband include four daughters, Madonna Fox, Maria Janzow, Deanna Myers and Deborah O’Neill; two sons, Charles and Robert; a brother, George Azzarelli; and 14 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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