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Rachel Schreck, retired real estate agent in Amherst ; June 26, 1924 -- Dec. 24, 2010

Rachel Schreck, a retired real estate agent known for her energy and devotion to family, died Friday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. She was 86.

Mrs. Schreck retired in 1998 after 25 years as a top real estate agent in Amherst, where she won many sales awards over the years. She was also a longtime supporter of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, where her late husband, Frank J., was a member of the board of trustees.

Family members called Mrs. Schreck one of the most energetic and hard-working people they ever knew.

"She was one of those non-stop people never one to sit down," recalled Buffalo attorney Robert J. Schreck, one of her two sons. "At age 73, my mother would put on hockey goalie pads and go down into the basement and let my two sons try to put shots past her. We always joked that they owed any success they had in hockey to grandma in her goalie pads."

A native of Buffalo's West Side, the former Rachel Catalano graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and later studied psychology at the University of Buffalo.

She began selling real estate in the 1970s and was proud of the fact that she helped hundreds of families find homes. During her career, she worked for the Gallery of Homes, Potter Real Estate and Hunt Real Estate.

Mrs. Schreck loved playing bridge and golfing. She was a longtime member of Tan Tara Country Club in North Tonawanda.

Her husband of 58 years died in March.

Survivors include another son, Dr. Frank T., and a brother, Paul Catalano.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.