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MARCH 31, 1923 -- APRIL 1, 2005

Elaine P. Diller, a past commander of Post 567, American Legion, in Orchard Park, died Friday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 82.

A Cohoes native, the former Elaine Perry served in the Army and worked at the Watervliet Arsenal during World War II.

She was stationed at several bases, eventually serving as a classification specialist before leaving military service as a sergeant.

Mrs. Diller and her husband, Burton, lived in Washington, D.C., from 1946 to 1954. She worked at the U.S. Employment Service before transferring to the Army Security Agency.

The couple then returned to Western New York, living for several years in East Aurora before settling in the Town of Orchard Park.

In 1988, she retired from the Southtowns YMCA, where she was a secretary.

In addition to the American Legion, she was a member of Orchard Park Senior Citizens and Orchard Park Home Bureau.

In addition to her husband of 59 years, survivors include three sons, John of Apex, N.C., Kenneth of Macedon and James of the Town of Orchard Park; a daughter, Susan McLaughlin of Honeoye Falls; two brothers, Raymond Perry of Albany and Edward Perry of Cohoes; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 36 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park, after prayers at 8:45 in F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Orchard Park.