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James J. Woelfle, a retired teacher, administrator and union president in the Niagara Falls School District, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) in Schoellkopf Health Center after a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Woelfle, formerly of Bedell Road, Grand Island, was born in Dunkirk and moved to Niagara Falls in 1965.

He served with the U.S. Army in Puerto Rico from 1953 to 1955.

Woelfle received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Fredonia State College in 1956 and his master's degree from the University at Buffalo in 1967.

He had been employed by the Niagara Falls School District from 1956 until his retirement in 1988. He taught grades three to six at Maple Avenue and 93rd Street schools from 1956 to 1967; was an assistant administrator at Ashland Avenue School; an assistant to the assistant superintendent of schools; vice principal at Harry F. Abate School from 1978 to 1982; and principal of Maple Avenue School from 1982 until his retirement in 1988.

Woelfle was the past president of the Niagara Falls Teachers Association, the Administration Supervisory Council and the Fredonia Alumni. He was chairman of the Education Division of the United Way Campaign, a life member of the National Education Association and a member of the School Administrators Association of New York State, the Niagara Falls Head Start Policy Committee, the Grand Island Middle School Policy Committee and the Grand Island Republican Committee.

He also was active as a Cub Scout leader and Brownie troop sponsor and was involved with the Volunteer Crisis Hot Line in Niagara Falls.

He was awarded the Niagara Falls Jaycees' Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1966; WHLD radio's Apple for the Teacher Award in 1966; the Niagara Falls Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award in 1967; and the Niagara Falls Jaycees' Young Man of the Year nomination in 1968.

Survivors include a son, David J. of Ayer, Mass., and a sister, Marion Orcutt of Fredonia.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home LaSalle Park Chapel, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be private.


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