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FEB. 10, 1914 -- APRIL 11, 2005

Mary S. Lestition of Buffalo, 91, long active in the Ukrainian-American community, died Monday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga.

Mrs. Lestition won many awards for her Ukrainian cross-stitch embroidery and was active in such cultural organizations as the Antonyshyn Ukrainian dance troupe, in which she performed and taught.

She was a member of the Burlaky Choir, performing regionally and recording an album of Ukrainian Christmas carols, and sang in the Boyan Church Choir for 75 years.

She also appeared in folkloric theatrical productions and was a longtime member of the Ukrainian National Women's Organization. Born Mary Rydzyk in Buffalo, she left high school during the Depression to work at the F.N. Burt Co., where she rose to head bookkeeper.

Later she was a saleswoman for Compton's Encyclopedia and was a food service worker at Cardinal Dougherty High School. She retired from the Erie County clerk's office.

Mrs. Lestition was bookkeeper of the Machinists Union when her husband, Steven L., was treasurer. He died in 1978.

A lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, she was a member of its St. Mary Sodality, Glee Club and Ladies Guild.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen L. Struminski of Arlington, Mass., and a son, Steven O. of Princeton, N.J.

Prayers were said today in Greco Funeral Home, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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