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HELEN C. HAGER, KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, SINGER

Helen C. Hager, a long-time kindergarten teacher who was active throughout her life at Holy Angels Catholic Church, died in her Buffalo home Thursday (March 26, 1998) after a brief illness. She was 99.

A Buffalo native, she graduated from Holy Angels School, Holy Angels Academy, and Buffalo State Normal School, which is now Buffalo State College. Following graduation, she began a 40-year career as a kindergarten teacher in Buffalo public schools.

One of her earliest assignments was the former Stinson Primary School on Buffalo's Lower West Side. While there, she also taught catechism at neighboring Holy Cross Catholic Church, helping prepare children for First Communion.

She retired from teaching in 1962 from School 61, where she spent the last 25 years of her career.

She was also well known outside the classroom. Recognized for her beautiful voice, she sang for over 50 years in the Holy Angels Choir, where her late sister, Frances Chambers, was organist and choir director.

She served as an original member of the parish's Catholic Charities Appeal Team and was active in Catholic Charities until 1975.

In 1996, she was honored by Holy Angels Academy on the 80th anniversary of her graduation.

Miss Hager was an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary and the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

Prayers will be offered at 10 a.m. on Monday in the George J. Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 2400 Main St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 in Holy Angels Church, 348 Porter Ave.

Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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