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Charlotte Deutch, secretary, volunteer, traveler; April 7, 1923 -- April 24, 2011

Charlotte Deutch, of Buffalo, a retired secretary in the Buffalo Public Schools, died April 24 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. She was 88.

Born Charlotte Pliss in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School. After graduation, she attended the University of Buffalo before being hired as a secretary for the Buffalo Public Schools, where she worked for more than 20 years. She retired in 1978.

After retirement, Mrs. Deutch and her husband, Sherwood, pursued many interests and loved to travel, visiting all seven continents, including Antarctica. She and her husband spent two seasons as U.S. Park Rangers in Utah and more than 30 years of volunteer service as ushers at Artpark in Lewiston and docents at Tifft Nature Preserve. They received numerous accolades for their volunteerism from Tifft Nature Preserve and the Buffalo Museum of Science and were members of Temple Beth Zion for more than 60 years.

Mrs. Deutch began ballet classes when she was a child, which became one of her greatest passions in life. After retirement, she continued with her weekly ballet classes in Kenmore for more than 30 years.

Her husband of 63 years died in 2009.

Survivors include a son, Andrew; a daughter, Lois; and a brother, Harold.

A memorial celebration will be Nov. 5 at Tifft Nature Preserve.