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Leatrice M. Adner, home economics teacher; Aug. 15, 1929 -- April 20, 2011

Leatrice M. "Lee" Adner of Orchard Park, a retired home economics teacher and former Realtor, died April 20 in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after complications from ovarian cancer. She was 81.

Born in Buffalo, the former Leatrice Milewska graduated from East High School in 1947. For 13 years she was a long-distance operator for New York Telephone Co.

In 1963, Mrs. Adner earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from Buffalo State College, graduating summa cum laude. She also was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the national honor society in family and consumer sciences. After earning a master's degree from Buffalo State, Mrs. Adner worked toward a doctoral degree at University at Buffalo, completing the class work but not the dissertation.

For 27 years, Mrs. Adner taught home economics at Maryvale Middle School in Cheektowaga, where she also mentored future home economics teachers. After retiring in 1990, she became a member of the Coalition Board of Trustees of the New York State United Teachers' retirees of Western New York.

In her retirement years, Mrs. Adner sold real estate for the Webb, Stovroff & Potter, Hunt and MJ Peterson firms.

She was a frequent volunteer for Cornell Cooperative Extension and a member of the International Wine and Food Society and American Wine Society.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Jerry.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 29 in Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst.


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