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Betty J. Lus, active in veterans auxiliary groups May 30, 1922 -- Feb. 22, 2009

Betty J. Lus, of Cheektowaga, prominent in veterans auxiliary groups, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. She was 86.

Born Betty Franier in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy. She was a Buffalo school crossing guard for 10 years and worked as a Thruway toll collector for 20 years.

Mrs. Lus was president of the Auxiliary of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, in 1978; president of the Auxiliary of Amherst Township Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in the 1980s; and president of the Auxiliary of the Erie County Committee of American Legion in the 1990s.

She later was chapeau passe of the Department de New York Eight and Forty Women's Honor Society of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Lus was devoted to her family, caring for her mother, her mother-in-law and for three nephews and a niece. She also was a dog lover.

Her husband, James A., who was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in World War II, died in 1993.

Surviving are two daughters, Carol Norton and Elizabeth Marks; three sisters, Jane Johnson, Carol Anarella and Gloria Rasmussen; and a brother, Albert Franier.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.


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