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Harriette Kleinschmidt, a lifelong member of Forest Avenue Christian Church, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 87.

A Buffalo native, the former Harriette Wiesmore graduated from School 52 and Lafayette High School.

A homemaker, Mrs. Kleinschmidt was the oldest surviving member of Forest Avenue Church, which was co-founded by her grandfather. She served as membership chairwoman/secretary, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and was a member of the Women's Guild. She received the Council of Churches Award for service.

She was a Cub Scout den mother and enjoyed gardening, crocheting and cooking. For 10 years, she volunteered at the Visitor Control Desk at Millard Fillmore Hospital.

Considered an excellent cook, Mrs. Kleinschmidt was known for her German potato salad, ham spread and poppy-seed bread, which she gave as Christmas gifts to grandchildren and friends.

During her recent illness, Mrs. Kleinschmidt was assisted in everyday tasks by a daughter-in-law, Laura Kleinschmidt, who was a frequent visitor, family members said.

Her husband, George A., died in 1984.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol A. Wilson and Jean Luck, both of Buffalo; a sister, Florence Dutcher of Victor; a brother, Richard Wiesmore of the Pittsburgh area; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in James E. Grace Funeral Home, 335 Ontario St. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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