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MARCH 16, 1916 -- NOV. 19, 2004

Margaret Fritton, 88, a retired teacher who was active in civic affairs, died last Friday in a Rochester-area nursing home.

Born Margaret O'Brian in Buffalo, she graduated from Nardin Academy and earned a teaching degree in 1937 from Buffalo State Teachers College.

Mrs. Fritton began her career teaching eighth-grade English in Brighton. After raising five children, she taught in Olean public and parochial schools, and founded and taught in the local Head Start program for disadvantaged children.

While in Olean, she served as chairwoman of the Cattaraugus County Easter Seal Society and, for a number of years, as co-chairwoman of the Ball of Roses, the annual fund-raising event for Olean's hospitals.

After moving to Wilson in 1979, Mrs. Fritton oversaw the expansion of Wilson Free Library and served as chairwoman on its board of trustees. She also taught English as a second language and high school graduate equivalency courses to employees of Harrison Radiator in Lockport.

Her husband of 61 years, William J. II, died in February.

Survivors include three sons, William J. III of Reston, Va., Kevin R. of West Newbury, Mass., and Karl A. of Ardmore, Pa.; two daughters, Suzanne Hillmon of Penfield and Margaret C. of Cortland; three sisters, Claire Tabolt of Erie, Pa., Winifred "Happy" Mulflur of Portland, Ore., and Eleanor Stillman of Snyder; a brother, Robert O'Brian of Asheville, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be scheduled next month at Nardin Academy.

Mrs. Fritton donated her body to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


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