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JEANNE PALAMUSO, SCHOOL LIBRARIAN, GARDEN COLUMNIST FOR THE NEWS, DIES

Jeanne Palamuso, 53, a longtime Buffalo News gardening columnist and a librarian in the Buffalo Public Schools, died Monday (July 21, 1997) in Sisters Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Palamuso loved plants and gardening and wrote weekly articles for The News garden pages during the spring and summer for the past 22 years. She continued to produce her Indoor Plants columns even after she became ill.

In her last article, which ran June 27, she wrote about the sedum family, including burro's tail and jelly beans, noting that they are "not only hardy, but also completely lovable with their unique shapes and interesting colorings."

She also had articles published in Organic Gardening, Lady's Circle, Flower and Garden magazine, American Horticulturist and the National Gardening Association magazine. She was a member of the Garden Writers Association.

The former Jeanne Przemielewski was a Cheektowaga native and had lived in Buffalo the past 24 years.

"She was the biggest city booster there ever was," said her husband, Thomas J. Palamuso.

She was an active walker and walked around Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park almost daily, he said. She also was a cat lover.

She followed President John F. Kennedy's career from the time he was a senator and worked for his presidential campaign. When he was assassinated in 1963, she and a sister drove all night to Washington, D.C., to go to his funeral.

She also liked to travel. About a year ago, she and her husband took a trip to Poland and Italy, where they searched out family roots. They would have celebrated their 31st anniversary in August.

She was a library media specialist at the School 82 Early Childhood Center since 1987. She also was librarian at Waterfront Elementary from 1992 to 1995 and at Follow Through School from 1988 to 1992.

She began her school career teaching social studies, first at North Junior High School in Watertown in 1965-66 and then at Amsdell Heights Junior High School in Hamburg in 1966-67. She received the Rita Sniezak Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award in 1994 from the Niagara Frontier Council for Social Studies.

She received a bachelor of science degree in 1965 and a master of science in 1978 from Buffalo State College, both in social studies education. She earned a master of library science degree in 1988 from the University at Buffalo.

She was a member of the Buffalo School Library Association and served as secretary in 1988-89 and as vice president in 1994-95. She also was a member of the State Council for Social Studies.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Michael J., and four sisters, Bebe Owczarczak of Cheektowaga, Emily Zajac and Joanne Dobson, both of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Barbara Skalman Perry of Lyndonville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Louis Catholic Church, Main and Edward streets. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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