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Longtime Sweet Home Middle School teacher Margaret M. Smock of West Seneca died Sunday (March 22, 1998) in Mercy Hospital. She was 49.

She had taught math at Sweet Home since 1970.

Born in Buffalo, the former Margaret Rubach was a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Elmira, then earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from D'Youville and Canisius colleges, respectively.

At Sweet Home, she served on the school's Sunshine Committee for 20 years and recently prepared and escorted students to a Math League competition between schools.

She was a member of New York State United Teachers and Sweet Home Education Association. She served on the Middle School Right Direction and Values Committee.

Former Principal Robert Kramer described Mrs. Smock as a "quiet, dependable teacher who conscientiously assumed responsibility without complaint. She was known for her patience and understanding, especially with slower students."

Mrs. Smock was an avid bowler and also enjoyed other sports.

She was the widow of Kenneth Smock, who died in the 1970s.

Survivors include her mother and father, Florence and Bernard Rubach of West Seneca; and a brother, Bernard P. of West Seneca.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 189 Clark St. Prayers will be said 8:45 in Hoy Funeral Home, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.

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