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SARAH J. MOSELLE, 'COOKIE LADY' OF AMHERST MIDDLE SCHOOL, DIES AT 56

Sarah J. Moselle, 56, the beloved "Cookie Lady" of Amherst Middle School, died Wednesday (July 23, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness.

For the past 10 years, the popular attendance officer brought dozens of fresh, home-baked chocolate chip cookies to school every day -- often still warm.

"She made them and brought them in for the kids," said Amherst Middle School Principal Diane Klein.

"Kids would come to her, sometimes having a bad day. Sarah would give them words of encouragement -- and a cookie -- and send them on their way. She was a very nurturing, loving person."

Mrs. Moselle's husband, John R., said: "Sarah had a dimension, a quality, that transcended just a job. She was a resource for the kids and for all the people at the school. The teachers and the staff would go to her desk and sit and talk to her, too.

"The comment I hear the most of all now is, 'What will the place be like without her?' "

A member of the Amherst Middle School staff since 1977, Mrs. Moselle was also known for her proficiency with the SchoolMaster Program, the software used in the school system to keep attendance and other records.

She was asked, in recent years, to conduct SchoolMaster workshops for personnel from other schools in the district.

The former Sarah Jane Geraci was born and brought up in Buffalo. She won the Jesse Ketchum Medal for the highest grades at School No. 2 and was a 1958 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School, where she was an honors student for four years.

She attended Niagara University for two years, then transferred to D'Youville College, where she received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 1962.

For the next nine years, she held a senior computing position at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, now Calspan SRL Corp., reducing data from its shock tunnels.

A longtime resident of Eggertsville, Mrs. Moselle started working at Amherst Middle School when it was still known as Amherst Junior High.

Survivors, besides her husband, include a daughter Mary Ann of Eggertsville, and two brothers, John Geraci of Lancaster and Pascal "Pat" Geraci.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave., after prayers at 8:45 in Perna Funeral Home, 1306 Hertel Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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