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Mary Hoffman, 92, longtime teacher <br> Dec. 8, 1914 -- Dec. 18, 2006

Mary Hoffman of Cheektowaga, who taught every elementary school grade but first grade and was active in retirement, died Monday in Oakwood Health Care Center, Amherst. She was 92.

Born in Alden, she graduated from Alden High School in 1932 and Buffalo Teachers College in 1936.

Her first teaching position was at Amherst School 16 on Ellicott Creek Road, where she taught a combined class of fourth, fifth and sixth grades. She also taught classes in Buffalo Schools 75, 64, 54 and 78 and substituted in various schools. She taught in Alden elementary schools and at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic School in Cheektowaga. She retired in 1977.

After she retired, she joined the Legion of Mary and became involved in Catholic Services at Manor Oak Skilled Nursing Facility. She also taught religion classes to public school children for many years.

She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and Legion of Mary at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening and doing genealogy research.

Her husband of 49 years, Joseph, died in 1991.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Maurer and Frances Fenush; a son, James; and a sister, Therese Zorn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, after prayers at 9:15 in Sauer-Lynett-Amigone Funeral Home, 1933 Kensington Ave., Cheektowaga.

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