A Mass of Christian Burial for Ellie Sullivan Nowadly, the first area coordinator of Erie County's Special Olympics in the 1970s, will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.
Mrs. Nowadly died Monday in her Buffalo home. She was 57.
A lifelong Buffalo resident, Mrs. Nowadly was coordinator of the Erie County Special Olympics from 1974 to 1978, during which time she worked with parents, teachers and volunteer groups to bring physical development and athletic competition to the county's developmentally disabled youths.
She organized a group of volunteers to work with those participating in the Special Olympics and prepared them for local and state athletic competitions.
Mrs. Nowadly also was the executive director of the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York. Her responsibilities included grant writing, fundraising, budget development, client management and public relations. She also developed the computer system for the agency's Western New York office.
Mrs. Nowadly also was active in Buffalo and Erie County politics as a campaign coordinator for former Buffalo Common Council Member-at-Large and current State Supreme Court Justice Eugene M. Fahey. She was a founding member of the Frontier Democratic Club.
For the past five years, Mrs. Nowadly was a computer trainer for the Erie County Private Industry Council and an associate professor for the Erie Community College Workforce Development. She trained hundreds of displaced or underemployed workers through the agencies and enhanced the computer skills of many in both private industry and local governments.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Joseph E.; three daughters, Tess Sullivan, Kate S. and Amanda Joe; a son, Joseph A.; and a brother, John Sullivan.