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Bernice ‘Betty’ Constantino, retired medical records technician

Aug. 31, 1930 – April 2, 2016

Bernice “Betty” Constantino of Amherst, a retired medical records technician, died Saturday in the Rosa Coplon Skilled Nursing Facility at the Weinberg Campus, Getzville. She was 85.

Born in Buffalo, the former Bernice Ozimek attended Queen of the Most Holy Rosary School and graduated from St. Ann’s Business High School with straight A’s. She went on to study medical administration at Erie Community College.

She began working in 1958 as a clerk-typist at the former Meyer Memorial Hospital, now Erie County Medical Center, and soon was promoted to principal clerk of the admissions and emergency room typists. In 1972, she became a certified medical records technician.

After taking a four-year leave in the 1980s to care for her granddaughter, she returned as medical records technician and became known as “the subpoena lady,” handling all subpoenas for local attorneys and the district attorney’s office. She retired in 2006.

Active as a volunteer at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, she was co-captain for Catholic Charities for more than 15 years. She also was an animal lover and enjoyed reading and gardening.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Benny, a retired Buffalo school principal; a son, Paul; a daughter, Diane Peterson; a granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Christopher’s Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

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