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Mary E. Schneider, retired teacher, noted bridge player Aug. 8, 1922 to April 13, 2007

Mary E. Schneider, 84, a longtime Buffalo teacher who played in local and national bridge tournaments after she retired, died Friday in her Town of Hamburg home. She was 84.

Born in Dunkirk, the former Mary Garigal graduated from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pa., and earned a master's degree from Buffalo State College.

In the 1940s and 1950s, she worked as a dietitian for Brooks Memorial Hospital and the former Deaconess and E.J. Meyer County hospitals.

Mrs. Schneider then became a teacher and taught reading and third-graders at School 33 for 20 years.

For years afterward, her name frequently was listed in local and national duplicate bridge tournaments.

She was married for 45 years to Harry D. Schneider, a Buffalo architect who died in 1994.

She was a benefactor of St. Francis High School for many years, a member of the St. Mary of the Lake Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society, Lake Shore Garden Club and the Buffalo Retired Teachers Association. She also was a Red Cross volunteer.

She is survived by two daughters, Anne Michael and Mary Kay Muscarella; a son, C. Jacob; and a brother, Sebastian Garigal.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel at St. Francis High School, 4129 Lake Shore Road, Town of Hamburg.


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