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Elizabeth Ann Kowal Wood, a speech pathologist, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) in her home after a short illness and while receiving care from Niagara Hospice. She was 60.

The former Elizabeth Kosut was born in Niagara Falls and was a 1957 graduate of Niagara Falls High School. She earned both a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Buffalo State College.

She lived in Pittsburgh for seven years, returning to Niagara Falls in 1967.

Mrs. Wood was a speech pathologist for the Niagara Falls Board of Education for 13 years and had also worked as a speech pathologist for the United Cerebral Palsy Association for six years.

She was a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, the New York State Teachers Association, the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Auxiliary, the Niagara Falls College Club and the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy.

She was an arts enthusiast and enjoyed attending local theaters. She loved cooking.

Mrs. Wood is survived by her husband, George A.; two sons, Jason of Baltimore and Michael; a daughter, Kathryn Nagelhout of the Town of Niagara; her parents, Michael and Helen Kosut; and three grandchildren.

Her first husband, Richard F. Kowal, died in 1967.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Church, 3840 Macklem Ave. Burial will be private.

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