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Meta “Dolly” Wake, long active in Falls community

Feb. 15, 1925 – March 5, 2016

Meta “Dolly” Wake, a longtime resident of Niagara Falls and Lewiston, died Saturday in a nursing home in Arlington, Va., following several years of declining health. She was 91.

Born in New York City, she grew up in Flushing and graduated from Flushing High School.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of William and Mary in 1945 and a master’s degree from Teachers College of Columbia University in 1947.

The former Meta Nauheim married James I. Wake in 1947 and moved to Niagara Falls in 1952.

She worked for years for Wakes, the family-owned clothing store on Main Street in the Falls, serving as vice president and treasurer. She also worked as a substitute teacher in local schools.

She was active in community organizations including Temple Beth El Sisterhood and the Woman’s Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and enjoyed cooking and playing bridge. She also enjoyed golfing and played well into her 80s.

After the family business was sold in 1982, she and her husband traveled and visited family around the world.

Predeceased by her husband, James, she is survived by a daughter, Ilene; two sons, Jim and Douglas; two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

The family will hold a private memorial service.

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