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Helen B. O'Hara, the mother of eight daughters and the wife of former Niagara Falls City Manager Donald J. O'Hara, died Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2001) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a long illness. She was 77.

Born Helen B. Crowell, she was a native of Niagara Falls and a graduate of Niagara Falls High School's Class of 1941.

Mrs. O'Hara was an active and longtime member of St. Mary's of the Cataract Catholic Church, where she had been a daily communicant. She had been a member of the Mothers Club and a former member of the St. Francis Guild and had volunteered as a Grey Lady.

In addition to Niagara Falls, the O'Haras had lived in Elmira, Poughkeepsie, Peekskill and Levittown, Pa., where her husband served as city manager. They returned to the Niagara Falls area in 1988.

Her husband died in 1998.

She is survived by seven daughters, Mary Margaret of the Town of Tonawanda, Maureen Ingham of Lewiston, Katie Barrett of Durango, Colo., Julianne Goodman of Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jane Bator of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Christine of Youngstown and Constance Callela of Stuart, Fla.; two brothers, Donald Crowell of Grand Island and Robert Crowell of Niagara Falls; and 11 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 Fourth St., after prayers at 9:15 in Rhoney Funeral Home, Cayuga and South Ninth streets, Lewiston. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.


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