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Rose Clauss May of Boston, an active volunteer for Children's Hospital and other area health institutions for many years, died Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at home. She was 83.

Mrs. May was born in Buffalo and educated in city schools.

She was active in the Red Cross nurse's aide and blood programs. She also volunteered at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna and then Children's Hospital, helping during the polio epidemic in 1944. In 1946, she received the Tom Brennaman Good Neighbor Award for her efforts on behalf of polio patients. She worked at Buffalo Arms during World War II.

She also volunteered in the maternity department of Children's Hospital for 46 years and volunteered at Millard Fillmore Hospital for 30 years. In 1960, she donated rocking chairs for newborns at Children's Hospital in memory of her nephew.

Mrs. May also was a member of the Hamburg Utopian Club, a group that did volunteer work at nursing homes and for the United Cerebral Palsy Association. She conducted a Children's Hour broadcast to benefit the Cerebral Palsy Association.

In 1946, Mrs. May persuaded The Buffalo Evening News to convert its Smokes Fund into the Camp Fund for Crippled Children.

She also volunteered with bloodmobiles in Hamburg and Boston and helped obtain a station wagon for the Hamburg branch of the Red Cross.

Mrs. May also helped organize the St. John the Baptist Parents Club in Boston. She assisted in the construction of a new school and church as well. During the Boston Sesquicentennial, she was host for the "Dialing for Dollars" fashion show.

Other memberships included the U.S. Olympic Team Association, American Horse Show Association, St. John the Baptist Church Altar and Rosary Society and the Society of Friends of St. George's Knights of the Garter of Queen Elizabeth.

She made a yearly donation of a trophy for the Erie County Fair Horse Show.

Mrs. May enjoyed horses, dogs and gardening.

She was the widow of Earl N. May.

Survivors include a daughter, Wendy Johnson of West Chester, Pa.; a son, the Rev. Douglas E.A. of Egypt; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial Mass will be offered 10:30 a.m. April 21 in St. John the Baptist Church, 6895 Boston Cross Road, Boston.

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