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Mary R. Merza, 68, who worked as a lunch aide at St. Joseph's School in the 1970s and '80s, died unexpectedly Monday (Jan. 24, 2000) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness.

A Niagara Falls native, the former Mary Colangelo worked for Niagara Sample Book Co. in the 1950s and '60s and as a clerk at the former Slipko's Market in the 1970s and '80s. She retired as a lunch aide for St. Joseph's School in 1989.

Mrs. Merza was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the St. Joseph's School Mothers Club.

Her husband, William, died in 1977.

Survivors include a son, William G.; a sister, Eleanor Hillman; and a brother, Guy of Buffalo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Church, 1413 Pine Ave., after prayers at 10 in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St..


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