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Patricia Krasinski, a businesswoman and housewife who helped champion bottle-return legislation in Erie County, died Tuesday (Oct. 21, 1997) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She was 61.

The former Patricia Kiementowski, who lived in East Aurora, was born in Buffalo and was a 1953 graduate of Riverside High School.

From 1950 to 1963, she worked as a bookkeeper for Klemo Products, a kitchen- and cabinet-manufacturing business that was founded by her father.

Mrs. Krasinski also was a co-owner of Buffalo Maid Cabinets for 30 years. She and her husband, Stephen Jr., retired in 1995.

Mrs. Krasinski was a member of Housewives to End Pollution. The group spearheaded local efforts during the 1970s to enact a bottle-return law.

Mrs. Krasinski returned to Buffalo State College in 1986 to pursue her degree in liberal arts. She was a volunteer for the World University Games in 1993 and also was active as a supporter and volunteer for Studio Arena Theatre, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

She was an active member of the board of the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Club in South Carolina, where she and her husband owned property and vacationed.

Besides her husband, survivors include a son, Stephen III of Weston, Mass.; two sisters Nancy Kiementowski of Portland, Ore., and Betty Scheitinger of Rochester; and two grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1451 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

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