Mary Jane Orcutt, a retired Kenmore teacher who missed only five school days during her 34-year career in the classroom, died Oct. 28 in Beechwood Residence and Nursing Home, Getzville, after a brief illness. She was 82.
Born in Buffalo, she graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School, Buffalo State Teachers College and Teachers College at Columbia University.
She spent her entire career at Abraham Lincoln School, where she taught fourth and fifth grades.
A member of Kenmore United Church of Christ, Miss Orcutt was involved in many groups. She was active in Masonic circles, serving as a royal matron of Kenmore Court, Order of Amaranth. She was also a member of the Forsythia Court 172 and was grand historian of New York State in 1982.
Miss Orcutt was a past president and treasurer of the Ladies of the Scottish Rite.
An active member of the local chapter of AARP, she also served as president and treasurer of the Town of Tonawanda Senior Citizens.
Her passion for learning went beyond the classroom, as she participated in a literature group that reviewed books.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Kenmore United Church of Christ, 295 Delaware Road.