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Elizabeth McLaughlin, 85, who was active in several Catholic organizations, died Thursday (Oct. 16, 1997) in her Buffalo home after a lengthy illness.

The former Elizabeth Lovett McDonnell attended Nardin Academy and graduated from the School of the Holy Child Jesus in Suffern. She also attended finishing school at Villa Beata in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Mrs. McLaughlin's family owned McDonnell & Sons Co., manufacturers of mausoleums and memorials, which gained national acclaim for such memorials as the Blocher Monument in Forest Lawn.

She was an active volunteer with the Junior League, Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Girl Scouts and the Catholic Workers.

She married Dr. John J. McLaughlin in 1947.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a longtime member of St. Mark's Catholic Church, where she started the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart as well as daily recitation of the rosary. She was actively involved in several Catholic organizations and was a member of the Dominican Laity.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, John J. of Hamburg, Peter P. and Joseph J.; six daughters, Anne M. Drake of Minneapolis, Lucy M. Powell of Houston, Martha M. Wieczorek of Clarence, Elizabeth M. Bohen, Mary T. and Catherine M.; and 14 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Mark's Church, 401 Woodward Ave. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.[ulrch]

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