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Lorraine M. Walsh, active MS Society volunteer ; Sept. 29, 1922 -- Jan. 24, 2011

Lorraine Mary Walsh, of Snyder, active as a volunteer for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, died Monday in St. Francis Home, Williamsville, after a lengthy illness. She was 88.

Born in Buffalo, she was daughter of Francis Cunningham, one of the managers of the Statler Hotel. An athlete as a girl growing up in Kenmore, she played street hockey and football and was a track team member at St. Margaret's School and Mount St. Joseph Academy.

During World War II, she worked in correspondence for the FBI, where she met her husband of 54 years, Richard. After the birth of her seventh child, she began a lifelong struggle with MS, remaining active with the help of her husband and children. She was a phone volunteer for the MS Society and an enthusiastic member of the swim group.

Her husband died in 2002.

Surviving are four daughters, Kathleen, Patty, Jeanne and Colleen, and two sons, Michael and Gerald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.

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