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Constance L. Zotara Dec. 11, 1944 -- Dec. 26, 2005

Constance L. Zotara, of Amherst, died Monday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. She was 61.

She was born Constance Rhoads in Oil City, Pa., and had lived in Amherst since 1984.

Mrs. Zotara worked as a telephone operator for Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1990 to 1993. Previously, she was a security guard for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station from 1987 to 1990.

Mrs. Zotara served in the Air Force from 1963 to 1965 as an airman second class.

She was a parishioner of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed gardening and travel.

Mrs. Zotara is survived by her husband, Thomas; a daughter, Christine Jarzyniecki of Amherst; a son, Edward of Tucson, Ariz.; her mother, Emma Ruth Rhoads of Knox, Pa.; five sisters, Sandy DeCamp of Knox, Nancy McKinney of Texas, Faith Abernathy of Mechanicsville, Md.; Faye Hoffman of Woodbine, Md., and Arlene Smith of Emlenton, Pa.; three brothers, Charles Rhoads of Orange, Texas, Arthur Rhoads of Fredericksburg, Va., and Von Rhoads of Knox; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Friday in St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, after prayers at 8:15 in Melvin J. Sliwinski Funeral Home, 85 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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