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Shirley Berger, retired elementary school teacher ; June 20, 1928 -- Dec. 31, 2010

Shirley Berger, a retired elementary school teacher, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. She was 82.

Born Shirley Clabeau in Buffalo, she graduated from Kenmore High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in the history of government from the University of Buffalo and a master's degree in elementary education from Buffalo State College.

For 17 years, Mrs. Berger taught the second grade, initially in the City of Tonawanda, then for 15 years at Country Parkway Elementary School in the Williamsville School District. She retired in 1984.

A member of Sigma Kappa sorority, she was named in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

In high school and college, she had leading roles in many theatrical performances and radio broadcasts and was a member of the National Thespian Dramatic Honor Society for High Schools.

A bridge player, she participated in tournaments and played for master points.

Mrs. Berger was a member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and the Williamsville Art Society.

Her husband of 41 years, Michael, died in 1994.

Surviving include two daughters, Martha LaCorte and Cathy Buscaglia.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville.

[D/WILLIAMS]

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