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JULY 14, 1921 -- NOV. 4, 2004

Elizabeth M. Schoellkopf of West Seneca, a longtime elections inspector and Mercy Hospital volunteer, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. She was 83.

Born Elizabeth Reilly in Buffalo, she was known as "Betty." She graduated from South Park High School at the age of 15 and also was a graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

As a young woman, she sang with the Ted Zales Band, and with Harold Austin's Band on the Canadiana.

Mrs. Schoellkopf served with the Buffalo Board of Assessment Review for 15 years, and was an election inspector for 35 years.

She loved to bake, and was known for her scratch cakes and chocolate fudge.

Mrs. Schoellkopf served as president of the Mercy League of Mercy Hospital, and was a member of Southside Women's Democratic Club, Dominic Savio Boys Choir Mothers Auxiliary, Bishop Timon Mothers Club and St. John Vianney Senior Citizens Club, which she joined earlier this year after finally admitting she was a senior citizen.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Joseph J. of West Seneca; three sons, Joseph J. Jr. of East Amherst, William of Buffalo and Thomas of West Seneca; three daughters, Carol Connors of West Seneca, Patricia Baringer of Glenwood and Mary of Hamburg; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, with prayers at 9:30 in Thomas H. McCarthy Funeral Home, 1975 Seneca St. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.


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