Florence K. Feder, long active in civic and cultural affairs in the Cataract City, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was 88.
The former Florence Driscoll was born in Farnham, Ohio, and graduated from high school in Conneaut, Ohio. Mrs. Feder, who worked as a nurse in Erie, Pa., was a sales clerk at the former Norban's and Nimelman's stores, both in Niagara Falls. She also worked for the Niagara Falls Public Works and Police departments. She retired in 1980.
Mrs. Feder served as president of the former Operation Petticoat Progress, a volunteer organization that worked for the betterment of the community.
She also was active in the Niagara Falls Little Theater.
Mrs. Feder served on the board of directors of the former Niagara Civic Ballet Co., now called the Greater Niagara Ballet Co. She played a cameo role as Grandmother in "The Nutcracker" for 15 seasons, and also helped craft many ballet costumes over the years.
In 1969, Mrs. Feder was presented with the Community Leader of America Award by the Division of News Publishing Companies.
She attended St. Mary of the Cataract and St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic churches. She also was active with the Niagara University Faculty Wives Association, Lewiston.
Mrs. Feder enjoyed sewing, crocheting and history.
Her husband, Harold W., died in 1969.
Survivors include a son, former Niagara County Legislator H. William; two daughters, Mary Ann Westlund of Venice, Fla., and Katherine Metro; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Prayers will be offered at 8:15 a.m. Monday in the Otto Redanz LaSalle Park Chapel, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9 in St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 Fourth St. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.