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Arlene G. Seeger, 77, a retired organist, music teacher and choir director, died Tuesday (Oct. 7, 1997) in her Buffalo home after a lengthy illness.

Born Arlene Cowells in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bennett High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Buffalo. She was the first person to receive a bachelor of fine arts degree at UB, with a major in organ.

She began playing piano at the age of 9 and studied under noted church organist Squire Haskin until his death in 1985. She also studied at Chautauqua Institution. In the early 1940s, as a student of Haskin, she played in a concert featuring outstanding young pianists at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

She taught music at Bennett High School from 1954 until her retirement in 1975. She also taught piano and organ in her home for many years.

As an organist and choir director, she served at the former Lutheran Church of the Atonement, the former Riverside Presbyterian Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church and Kensington Methodist Church.

She was a member of the UB Alumni Association and North Park Lutheran Church. After her retirement, she and her husband became cruise enthusiasts. They completed their 43rd cruise last December.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Howard F.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in North Park Lutheran Church, Starin and Wingate avenues.

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