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Patrizia Nagy Miller, sculptor, active in arts groups May 10, 1929 -- Sept. 21, 2009

Patrizia Nagy Miller, a sculptor and advocate for the preservation of Buffalo's Theater District, died Monday in Mercy Hospital's Maureen Lippert Rago Hospice Center. She was 80.

She was born Patrizia Nagyr in Toledo, Ohio. Through her participation in beauty pageants, she won the title of Miss Toledo in 1949 and was awarded scholarships.

Mrs. Miller attended Bowling Green State University in the late 1940s and studied art at the Toledo Museum School in the late the 1940s and early 1950s. She also acted in the theater in Toledo.

In 1954, Mrs. Nagy Miller moved to Buffalo, where she was employed by George A. Leyonmark, an insurance company in downtown Buffalo. She married Richard Lang Miller, who was commissioner of community development and urban renewal in Buffalo. He died in 2002.

Mrs. Miller was a co-founder of the "Friends of Shea's Buffalo," a volunteer support organization. She served on the boards of Shea's Performing Arts Center and the International Institute and was a member of its women's committee. She was the second president of the Spotlight Committee for Shea's and served as recording secretary of the Proto Club, a foundation that raises scholarship money for needy students attending the University at Buffalo.

Mrs. Miller also was a volunteer for WNED-TV, the Lancaster Opera House, Opera Sacra Productions and Studio Arena Theatre.

She is survived by two daughters, Magda Miller Nash and Felicia Miller Meyer; a son, Mark; a stepson, Michael D.; and a brother, William L. Nagy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph-University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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