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Maureen Thoen Golden, active in church, education groups Oct. 22, 1919 -- Sept. 29, 2008

Maureen Thoen Golden, who was active in church and education organizations, died Monday in the Waters of Aurora Park, East Aurora. She was 88.

Mrs. Golden was born Maureen O'Hara in Buffalo and attended St. Mark's School and Holy Angels Academy. She graduated from D'Youville College in 1941. That same year, she married her first husband, Richard Thoen, who died in 1968.

In 1970, she married her second husband, John Golden, who died in 1998. Together they owned and operated Golden's Deli in Martinsville in the 1980s.

While living in Kenmore, she was active in St. Paul Catholic Church, especially the Women's Sodality. She also served as president of the church's Home School Association. She was on the Alumni Board of D'Youville College.

She also belonged to Mount St. Mary's Circle and the Seton Guild and was on the board of Nazareth Nursing Home Guild. She was president of the Notre Dame Alumni Wives and was named Woman of the Year in 1974 by the group. In addition, she volunteered in the gift shop of Sheehan Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Golden later became a Eucharistic minister at St. Christopher Catholic Church. She enjoyed bringing the Eucharist to the homebound. She was a member of St. Christopher Seniors. In addition, she participated in an AIDS support group and lectured about AIDS and its impact on family life.

Mrs. Golden is survived by three daughters, Maureen Fox, Sister Roberta Thoen and Mary Laura Thoen; three stepdaughters, Colleen Thur, Kathleen Gallagher and Barbara Hanel; and a stepson, John Golden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.


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