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SEPT. 29, 1932 -- APRIL 10, 2005

Norma E. Ulrich, 72, the former public relations director for the Clarence Central Schools and a former Miss Buffalo winner, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a long illness.

A Buffalo native, the former Norma Nicolas graduated from East High School in 1950, the same year she was named Miss Buffalo. During high school, she also was named Miss Sweetest Day. She later earned an associate's degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo.

Mrs. Ulrich began working for the Clarence schools in the late 1960s, retiring as community relations coordinator in 1983.

She served as president of both the Women's Auxiliary of the Buffalo Jaycees and the Women's Board at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Mrs. Ulrich was a lifelong resident of the Buffalo area, living in Clarence for 30 years, until she moved to Florida in 1995. She returned to this area in 2002 and was a Williamsville resident at the time of her death.

Surviving are her husband of 48 years, John L. Ulrich; three daughters, Karen Jasinski of Las Vegas, Karla Schrantz of Clarence and Kristin Ulrich of Henderson, Nev.; one brother, Marcel A. Nicolas Jr. of Venice, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held today in Amigone Funeral Home, Clarence.