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Mary Jean Georger, part-owner of bicycle business ; Nov. 3, 1924 -- Jan. 28, 2011

Mary Jean Georger, who with her husband ran the family's longtime bicycle distribution company in Buffalo, died Friday in her Snyder home. She was 86.

The former Mary Jean Wolfe was raised in Chicago, where she graduated from high school and college. During World War II, she was a member of the first all-female lifeguard team on Lake Michigan.

She moved to the Buffalo area with her husband, Donald E., whom she married in 1948. He died in 1965.

The Georgers joined Howard W. Georger Co., a family-run bicycle distributor with clients in New York state, Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast. The family business was begun by Howard Georger, her husband's uncle, in 1937.

The bicycle company, which supplied bikes and related parts to bike shops in many states, operated for 53 years, first on Pearl Street and then in Cheektowaga before closing in the early 1990s. Mrs. Georger was part-owner of the business.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Georger raised five children ranging in age from 6 months to 16 years old.

"She really did an amazing job, raising all these children," said John Georger, one of her sons.

Mrs. Georger was an active parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church in Snyder for 60 years. She was active in the Altar and Rosary Society and adoration chapel. She served as president of the church school's Parents Guild and was a school library volunteer.

She also was a volunteer at Buffalo General Hospital.

Mrs. Georger was active in the community. She was a longtime member of the Buffalo Trap and Field Women's Bowling League and Suburban Women's Golf League.|

In addition to her son John, she is survived by another son, Christopher; three daughters, Anne Georger Harris, Kathy Witter and Maureen Nowicki; a brother, James Wolfe; and a sister, Eileen Perille.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.

[K/ROBINSON]

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