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Frances Carrasquillo, 72, of Buffalo, a pioneer in bilingual education in the City of Buffalo, died Thursday (Feb. 1, 2001) in Sisters Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born Frances Grajeda, she was a native of Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree in education from D'Youville College. She was a teacher in bilingual education in Buffalo Public School 76, which later became the Herman Badillo Community School, for 26 years before retiring in 1995. After retirement, she volunteered at the school, as well as School 36, and was active in the Parent Teacher Organizations at both schools.

For her work as an educator, she was honored by the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, the District Advisory Council and the Buffalo Board of Education.

She also was active in politics and the Democratic Party, and worked on the campaign of her close friend, former Buffalo Mayor James Griffin.

She was a member of the Mexican Club Women's Auxiliary, and Chapter I program.

She enjoyed bingo and traveling.

Her husband, Jose M., died in 1983.

She is survived by four sons, Jose M. of North Brunswick, N.J., Miguel Rivera of Buffalo, Enrique Rivera of Cheektowaga and Joseph Rivera of Lackawanna; three daughters, Jenny Carrasquillo of Buffalo, Celina Velasquez of Elma and Isabel Gutowski of Lake View; her mother, Isabel Grajeda of Hamburg; three sisters, Stella Escabi of Lackawanna, Maria Barilec of Hamburg and Lupe Gallardo of Blasdell; a brother, Jose Grajeda of Blasdell; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Monday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 150 Edward St. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.


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