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Marie A. Wildey, dance teacher for 40 years established school in New Jersey

Sept. 25, 1931 – Aug. 27, 2016

Marie A. Wildey, a dance teacher for more than 40 years, died Saturday under hospice care in her West Seneca home after a brief illness. She was 84.

Born in Wyoming, N.Y., she was a graduate of Wyoming High School and studied voice and dance at the Conservatory of Music in Lansing, Mich. She returned to teach dance classes in Wyoming, Alexander, Attica and Warsaw.

She later moved to New Jersey and established the Marie Wildey School of Dance in East Orange.

Among her students was actor and tap dancer Dule Hill, who was Savion Glover’s understudy in “The Tap Dance Kid” on Broadway and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his supporting role in the TV series, “The West Wing.”

In 1989, Ms. Wildey sold the school and adopted a son. Ten years later, they moved from Cranford, N.J., to West Seneca to be near other members of her family.

Survivors include a son, Jamille Thompson; two sisters, Paula Minklei and Thelma Collins; and a brother, Tommy.

A memorial wake will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in James W. Cannan Funeral Home, 3155 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park.

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