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Cleo W. Greene, registered nurse <br> May 29, 1921 -- Dec. 7, 2006

Cleo Wilma Greene of Angola, a retired registered nurse and a Navy veteran of World War II, died Thursday in Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.

Born Cleo W. Robinson in Dansville, she moved with her family to a farm in Arkport. She served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 and attained the rank of pharmacist's mate third class at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Moving to Buffalo after the war, she contracted polio and was one of the few, at that time, who overcame its debilitating effects.

Mrs. Greene became a registered nurse, graduating from Deaconess Hospital Nursing School. She worked for Dr. Helen Walker until her retirement in 1988.

She married John H. Greene, another Navy veteran, in 1953. Residents of South Buffalo for more than 25 years, she and her husband moved to Angola in retirement and joined Newcomb-Long Post 928, American Legion, in Angola. He died in 1989.

A charter member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, she attended the dedication in Arlington, Va., in 1997 and continued to support its mission to preserve the names and service of her many colleagues. Her naval service is listed in the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Shomper, Dyanne Goldberg and Ada Roberts, and three brothers, Theron, Roy and Theodore Robinson.

She will be buried with military honors in Forest Avenue Cemetery, Angola.


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