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Dorothy LaPorte, school secretary, taught dancing and skiing June 7, 1918 -- Feb. 19, 2009

Dorothy LaPorte, who is remembered for teaching others the ballroom dancing and cross country skiing she loved, died Thursday at Weinberg Campus, a residence for senior citizens in Getzville. She was 90.

The former Dorothy Fischer grew up in South Buffalo, graduated from high school and taught ballroom dancing at Mirror Lake Inn in the Adirondacks before she married Roland LaPorte, a mechanical engineer for Bell Aircraft.

From 1953 to 1973, she was secretary at Academy Street School, now Christian Central Academy in Williamsville, a village she lived in for 50 years. For several years, toward the end of her secretarial career, she helped her son, David, manage a now-defunct cross country ski area near East Aurora, the Colden-Langlauf Ski Trails.

Mrs. LaPorte was a member of SS. Peter and Paul parish in Williamsville, the Buffalo Ski Club and Kissing Bridge Ski Patrol.

Her oldest son, Roland, has fond memories of her dance lessons, the help she gave him in refinishing a kitchen cupboard he still has, and trips with her and his late father in their motor home.

"We would go canoeing, or hiking, or bike riding," he said.

He added, "She was really interested in the interests of other people. She just enjoyed teaching other people."

For the last seven years, Mrs. LaPorte lived at Weinberg Campus.

Her husband of 64 years died five years ago.

She is survived by sons Roland and David; two daughters, Dawn Jones and Valerie; a sister, Esther Kehoe; and two brothers, Clarence and David Fischer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.


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