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Mary S. Dicky, 90, teacher, guidance counselor; April 26, 1921 -- Aug. 8, 2011

Mary S. Dicky of North Tonawanda, a teacher and retired guidance counselor, died Monday in her North Tonawanda home. She was 90.

Born in Lackawanna, the former Mary Steckow graduated from Lackawanna High School, with honors, in 1940. Her ambition to become a teacher was achieved when she entered D'Youville College and graduated in 1944 with degrees in both science and teaching. During her senior year of college, she worked as a laboratory metallurgical technician at Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna during World War II.

After graduating from D'Youville College, her first teaching assignment was in science at Lackawanna High School. From 1946 to 1950, she taught science and chemistry at East High School in Buffalo. She then began work in the medical labs of Buffalo General.

After she married John Dicky in 1951, she served as a substitute teacher for several years before becoming a full-time teacher in 1958 at Niagara Wheatfield High School, where she taught science and chemistry during the day while pursuing her master's degree during the evenings at Canisius College.

In 1964, she became a guidance counselor at Niagara Wheatfield until her retirement in 1986.

In 1967, the students of Niagara Wheatfield dedicated their yearbook, the Nucleon, to Mrs. Dicky.

She was an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a teacher's sorority, and remained active after retirement.

She was a longtime member of the Ukrainian American Seniors Club and was an active member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. She also served on the board of the Ladies Auxiliary for Joseph Hriczko Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Buffalo.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John; a son, John M.; and a sister, Dorothy Gagat.

A liturgical service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, preceded by a panachyda prayer service at 9:30 in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.


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