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Norma Zahler, worked in retail March 3, 1921 -- Dec. 29, 2006

Norma Zahler of Getzville, a homemaker who also worked in retailing, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 85.

Born in Buffalo, the former Norma Oehler graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School. During World War II she worked for Curtiss Wright Co.

Mrs. Zahler also worked at D'Youville College as a secretary for several years and, for 10 years during the 1970s, worked in accounting and customer service at Cresbury's menswear store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. She also worked in the same capacity for Flanigan's furniture store.

In addition to raising three children, she helped her husband, Harry, run his business, Harvey's Beauty Salon, in Buffalo.

Mrs. Zahler raised funds for many charities. She was active in the PTA of Herbert Hoover Elementary and Junior High schools, served as a leader in Cub Scouts and Brownies, and was a volunteer for Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 65 years include two daughters, Toby Skorupski and Nancy, and a sister, Ethel Pierce.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday in Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst.

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