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MONICA CZURLES, TEACHER, GIRL SCOUT LEADER

Private services will be held for Monica Czurles of Orchard Park, a retired physical-education teacher and former Girl Scout leader. Interment will be in Machias.

Miss Czurles died Saturday (Oct. 19, 1996) after a lengthy illness. She was 86.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Miss Czurles grew up in Amsterdam and received her bachelor's degree in education from New York University in 1932. She received a master's degree in education from the University of Buffalo in 1948.

She taught physical education, health and swimming at South Park High School from 1936 to 1943, at Grover Cleveland High School in 1943 and 1944 and in Schools 77 and 38 from 1944 to 1947. She taught at Cortland State Teachers College from 1947 to 1950 and in the Orchard Park schools from 1950 until her retirement in 1971.

In retirement, she served as a gymnastics judge at competitions throughout the United States. She had been a member of the Hillcrest Senior Citizens in Orchard Park since 1973.

Miss Czurles also was a square-dance and folk-dance caller and instructor; a Red Cross instructor in first aid, life saving and swimming; and a troop leader, camp director and camp counselor for the Girl Scouts. She also was a Girl Scout instructor in camping skills, first aid, swimming, nature, dramatics, dance and music.

During World War II, she was an air warden in the Buffalo Citizens Defense Corps.[dndrsn]

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