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A Mass of Christian Burial for Maurice A. Connell, long active in Buffalo community affairs and an executive of the former Wm. Hengerer Co., will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Supervisor Road, Colden.

Prayers will be said at 10:15 in the Wurtz Funeral Home, 9287 Boston State Road, Boston. Burial will be in Colden Cemetery.

Connell, 80, of Colden, died Monday (June 18, 1990) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in the Bronx and graduated from Fordham University and Fordham School of Law.

He began his career at Hengerer's as general auditor in 1946 after serving as a lieutenant in the Army Transportation Corps during World War II.

Before the war, he worked for Cities Service Oil Co. and the business consulting firm of Sanderson & Porter in New York City.

Connell retired from Hengerer's in 1976 as vice president-treasurer and is credited with helping chart the growth of the retailing company's suburban branch stores. He was honored in 1975 after serving for four years as treasurer of the United Way, an organization he served in various capacities for 14 years, including the positions of vice chairman and allocations committee chairman.

He served as treasurer of the Better Business Bureau of Western New York, director of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau, director of the Government Research Institute of Western New York and president of the New York State Council of Retail Merchants.

Connell also played a significant role as a member of the board of directors of Blue Cross of Western New York. He served on the board from 1965 through 1975, was re-elected in 1976 and served until his death. He was a member of the executive committee and chairman of the finance committee.

In 1972, he served on the search committee for a new company president that named Charles E. Rath, who still holds the post.

Surviving are his wife, Genevieve Sexton Connell; four daughters, Mary Genevieve Doi of Burr Ridge, Ill., Eileen Berger of Chestnut Hill, Mass., Joan Connell of Palo Alto, Calif., and Patricia Connell of New York City; a son, Michael, and five grandchildren.

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