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Bernadette Shyne Corcoran, who taught in Buffalo public schools for 44 years until her retirement in 1981, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. She was 89.

Born in Buffalo, she graduated from South Park High School in 1929. She received a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree in education from the University of Buffalo. She was a member of Zeta Tau sorority.

Mrs. Corcoran taught business subjects at South Park High School from 1934 to 1946 and then taught at Kensington High School until she retired.

Her husband, M. Joseph, who died in 1983, also was a business teacher in Buffalo public schools.

She was a daily communicant at Mass most of her life and was a past vice president of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, where she had been a member for more than 60 years. She was a member of the Legion of Mary and was on the Bereavement Committee of the church.

For many years, she was an active member of the Third Order of St. Dominic and served on the Council of the Third Order. She also was a member of the Buffalo Teachers Federation and the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include two daughters, Bernadette Corcoran Gaffney of Amherst and Margaret Corcoran Smith of Scottsdale, Ariz., and two grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Saturday in Schlager Funeral Home, 4614 Main St., Snyder. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 in St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road, Eggertsville.

Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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