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Diane I. Henel, 68, of Kenmore, a retired social worker who specialized in services for adults and families, died Friday (Dec. 19, 1997) after her car struck a light pole in Kenmore.

Miss Henel attended Mount St. Mary's Academy in the Town of Tonawanda and graduated from D'Youville College in 1951.

She began working as a caseworker in the Erie County Social Services Department in 1953 and held several supervisory positions, including director of adult services in 1980.

She was responsible for administering protection services for adults unable to meet their own needs due to physical, mental or substance-abuse problems. She retired in 1989.

Miss Henel served on the boards of many organizations, including the Social Workers Club, Monsignor Kirby Guild, American Lung Association, St. Michael's Club, Cross & Scroll and Catholic Alumni Club.

She enjoyed worldwide travel and spending summers at her cottage in Bay Beach, Ont.

Survivors include her mother, Irene, and a brother, William.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Monday in St. Paul's Church, Delaware Avenue at Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore, after prayers at 8:45 a.m. in Rolling Chapel of Dengler Funeral Home, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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