Mary Jane Orffeo of Eggertsville, a retired printing business owner and active member of the community, died unexpectedly Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 75.
Born Mary Jane LoCurto in Buffalo, she graduated from Bennett High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from what is now Buffalo State College.
In 1969, Mrs. Orffeo and her husband, Phillip J., formed the Orffeo Printing Co. in Depew. She served as vice president and treasurer, working 50- and 60-hour weeks handling the books and managing the business.
She retired in 1999.
Mrs. Orffeo was known for her organizational skills and for her ability to plan large events. In 1966, she served as chairwoman of the fashion show for the Junior Chamber of Commerce's national convention, which drew 4,000 women. The event went off without a hitch, and Mrs. Orffeo managed to bring in as the main attraction Oleg Cassini, who designed dresses for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
She served on the women's board of several organizations, including the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Transit Valley Country Club and Daemen College.
She also served on the board of directors of the Women's International Club and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western New York, and helped to organize the Boys and Girls Town of Italy.
Mrs. Orffeo was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church.
In addition to her husband of nearly 56 years, survivors include a daughter, Charlene of Green Bay, Wis.; a son, Gregory of Clarence; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville, preceded by prayers at 8:30 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.