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Marie Flaherty Heffern, 90, of Williamsville, an avid supporter of equal rights for women and minorities, died Wednesday (March 25, 1998) in the Blocher Home in Williamsville after an illness of several months.

Born in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Nardin Academy, where she won awards in journalism, and the University of Buffalo, where she received a degree in library science in 1929.

Before her marriage, she was a librarian at the former Kenmore High School. While raising a family, she was involved in numerous school activities for her children and was an active member of the League of Women Voters, the Center for Justice, the Western New York Peace Center, the Amherst Senior Citizens and the Women's Ordination Conference.

She was a member of the board of directors of Housing Opportunities Made Equal and helped to uncover discriminatory practices in rental procedures. While residing at the Blocher Home, she was a member of the Spiritual Concerns Committee.

She was the widow of James H., an attorney with the law firm of Albrecht, Maguire, Heffern and Gregg.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Luther of Surf City, N.C.; three sons, Robert of the Town of Tonawanda, Richard of Williamsville and John of Reddington Beach, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. April 25 in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.


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