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Marianne B. Gauger, taught for 32 years Oct. 24, 1930 -- March 21, 2006

Services for Marianne B. Gauger will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

Mrs. Gauger died Tuesday in her Williamsville home after a long battle with cancer. She was 75.

She taught fifth-graders in the Williamsville Central School District for 32 years.

Mrs. Gauger produced dramas and musicals with her pupils and was known for her creative approach to teaching. For example, for a lesson on electricity, she used two cartoon characters, imitating the voice of Goofy and having her husband do the voice of Mickey Mouse.

"Every student remembered what they were taught that day," said her husband of 23 years, Jerry N. "She will be remembered for many years to come for her way of teaching and still having fun."

Born Marianne Bernhart in Buffalo and raised in Williamsville, she earned a bachelor's degree at Rosary Hill College and a master's degree at the University of Buffalo.

Other survivors include a son, Michael Craney of Houston; a sister, Joyce McCracken of Cheektowaga; a brother, William Bernhart of Akron; and three grandchildren.


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