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Anne Porter, organized, cooked ham dinners for churches July 31, 1917 -- Sept. 26, 2009

The former Anne Baronich was born in Butler, Pa., where she attended Butler High School before moving to the Buffalo area with her family in 1935.

She lived in North Tonawanda for 70 years before moving to Williamsville in recent years to live with her daughter, Barbara Hewitt, who survives her. Her husband, Gordon A., died in 1966.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Porter worked in sales at the former Kahn's New York store, a popular men's clothing store in the City of Tonawanda.

She later worked as a church clerk for about 10 years at Friedens United Church of Christ, where she was a member for 50 years and served as the president of Friedens UCC Women's Fellowship for more than 25 years.

Mrs. Porter later became a member of Zion United Church of Christ in the Town of Tonawanda.

At both churches, she created and cooked for their famous ham dinners. Mrs. Porter also was a member of the Church Women United of the Tonawandas.

She was a captain for the March of Dimes and coordinated host families for foreign exchange students for many years. While in North Tonawanda, she also was the president of the PTAs at various schools.

When her daughter and son-in-law moved back to the area, Mrs. Porter also worked for them from 1981 to 1987 in their Video Connection store, formerly on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, 15 Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda.


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