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Maureen Bellia, homemaker, community volunteer; Sept. 19, 1942 -- April 25, 2011

Maureen E. Bellia of Kenmore, a homemaker and community volunteer, died Monday in the Cleveland Clinic after a long illness. She was 68.

Born Maureen E. Cheeley in Olean, she was a 1960 graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy. After working as an assistant to an oral surgeon, she married, became a mother and devoted much of her time to community service.

She was a volunteer hairdresser for the homebound. After losing her first child, Anna Elizabeth, to cancer, Mrs. Bellia devoted time and money to the Association for Research of Childhood Cancer. She was a Eucharistic minister at St. Pauls Catholic Church in Kenmore and was a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Mrs. Bellia was a volunteer with the Cub Scouts and at Holy Angels Academy.

She had been on the waiting list for a lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic, where she continued her community service, including knitting blankets for the Linus Project.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Anthony J. Sr.; a son, Anthony J. Jr.; two daughters, Claire M. and Sarah C.; a sister, Kathryn DeSpirt; and a brother, Kevin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Friday in St. Paul Church, 33 Victoria Blvd., Kenmore.