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Geraldine J. Walter, 70, of Williamsville, a teacher and elementary school principal in Cheektowaga's Cleveland Hill School District for 50 years, died Friday (Sept. 14, 2001) in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long illness.

Born Geraldine Graczyk in Buffalo, she graduated from East High School in 1948 and cum laude from Buffalo State College in 1951. She earned her master's degree and doctorate in education from the University of Buffalo.

She began teaching in Cleveland Hill Primary School in 1951 and later served as its principal. She also served as interim principal of Cleveland Hill Elementary School from 1995 to 1997. Primarily a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, she retired in June.

From 1979 to 1994, she also worked part time as a customs inspector at the Peace Bridge during the summer months.

She was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce and the Cleveland Hill PTA.

A Democratic Party committeewoman, she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Williamsville Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society; and the Freedoms Foundation. She also was a Girl Scout leader.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Richard P.; a daughter, Frances D. Hill of Buffalo; a son, Richard S. of Williamsville; three sisters, Adeline Bucki of West Seneca, Matilda Graczyk of Williamsville and Jacqueline Feuz of Lockport; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. Burial will be private.

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