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Cecelia Tachok, retired Williamsville librarian

July 10, 1936 – April 15, 2016

As a librarian for 37 years at Williamsville Central Schools, Cecelia Tachok knew her students well, and she matched each child with books that would interest and captivate him or her.

Ms. Tachok, 79, of Buffalo, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Born at home in Cheektowaga, the youngest of four children, she was a graduate of Depew Central High School and D’Youville College.

She had to take three buses from her home to travel to college, and she worked evenings at the Central Library. She earned a master’s degree in library science at SUNY Geneseo.

Ms. Tachok worked at Maple East, Maple West and Country Parkway elementary schools and Heim Middle School. She often provided workshops for other librarians, and established the Williamsville policy for parents, which set the standard and guidelines for selection of appropriate books for the library collection. She was an active member of the Williamsville Teachers Association and served as a building representative for several years.

She continued her lifelong love of learning, art and theater after she retired. Ms. Tachok was a docent at the Darwin Martin House for more than 10 years, ushered for the Theatre of Youth and Shea’s Performing Arts Center, read for the Niagara Frontier Reading Program for the Blind for 15 years, and served as a greeter at the Albright-Knox and Burchfield Penney art galleries.

She worked as a teacher’s aide for the Day Care Center at Holy Cross Catholic Church. She also donated platelets at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

She held season tickets for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and theaters in Buffalo and Niagara-on-the-Lake and Stratford, Ont. She also enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include two sisters, Norma Wendel and Gloria McLaughlin.

A service will be held in May.