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A memorial service for Helen Smalley Goncey, 96, a retired teacher, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in her last home, the Wynwood Commons of Kenmore, 2971 Delaware Ave.

Mrs. Goncey, a native of Friendship, died Sept. 17, 1999, in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness.

She graduated from Alfred University, with honors in Latin and Greek, and taught in Rush and Akron before settling in Buffalo to teach at South Park High School.

In 1929, she married Maurice J. Altenburg, and they moved to Hamburg. He died in a car crash in 1949. After his death, she continued teaching, later moving to Girls Vocational High School, where she taught civics and social studies. When her daughter moved to Florida in 1959, she followed on a sabbatical leave.

She retired from teaching a year later and settled in southern Florida, where she met and married James E. Goncey. They were living in Delray Beach at the time of his death in 1990.

Mrs. Goncey enjoyed sewing and was known to be an excellent designer. She enjoyed reading biographies until her eyesight failed in the last year of her life.

Survivors include a daughter, Anne Cecile Moot of Kenmore.


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