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Ellen Ausderau, 73, of North Tonawanda, active as a volunteer, died Monday (June 25, 2001) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Born Ellen Boehme in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, she survived bombing attacks during World War II by seeking shelter in the fireplace in her family's home and endured the detention of her father in a Russian concentration camp for seven years.

She came to the United States in 1948 and lived in New Jersey before moving to the Buffalo area. In the 1950s and 1960s, she worked as an underwriter for Royal Globe Insurance, then worked for Sentz Carlson Insurance Agency.

A North Tonawanda resident since 1963, she was a volunteer at DeGraff Memorial Hospital and was active in Literacy Volunteers, helping new immigrants overcome language and social barriers. She also played women's league tennis.

Mrs. Ausderau enjoyed the arts, especially music, and traveled extensively with her husband, visiting six continents.

Surviving are her husband, Herbert M.; a son, Richard H. of North Tonawanda; a daughter, Beverly Meeks of Rome, N.Y.; and two grandsons.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Fretthold Funeral Home, 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Road.


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