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Mary MacLean Ackerman, long active in politics ; Jan. 8, 1922 -- Jan. 1, 2011

Mary MacLean Ackerman, a longtime Town of Tonawanda resident and a delegate to the 1976 Republican National Convention, died Saturday in Beechwood Nursing Home, Getzville. She was 88.

Mrs. Ackerman had a passionate interest in politics. She served as president of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Republican Women's Club and was a member of the board of directors of the Erie County Federation of Republican Women and a Republican Committeewoman for the 37th District in the Town of Tonawanda.

Born Mary C.V. MacLean in Sunny Brae, Nova Scotia, she attended the University of Toronto and graduated from Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing, where she was head nurse in the admitting department prior to her marriage in 1948 to Dal V. Ackerman Jr., a chemical engineer for DuPont in the Town of Tonawanda.

She was a member of Kenmore United Methodist Church, where she served as chairwoman of Loyal Circle, president of the Women's Society, a member of the Administrative Board and lay delegate to the Methodist Conference.

She volunteered with the Red Cross Bloodmobile and was a member of the Coalition of Court Observers as well as past vice president of the Beechwood Guild. She also loved dogs.

Her husband died in 1994.

Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Levitt, and a son, Dal V. III.

Her family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, with prayers and remembrances at 2:30.