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Ida Palmeri, 100, one of city's first crossing guards; Nov. 1, 1911 -- Feb. 24, 2012

Ida Palmeri, who was part of the first group of school crossing guards in Buffalo 60 years ago, died Friday in Seneca Health Care Center Nursing Home, West Seneca. She was 100.

The former Ida Saccomanno was born in Buffalo and lived virtually her entire life on the city's West Side. She was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School and, later, Hearst Business School.

In 1952, she was one of the first school crossing guards hired in the city. She also worked as a clerk-typist for a medical sales company in Buffalo, and was a clerk and interpreter at the former W.T. Grant department store downtown.

Mrs. Palmeri was one of the first Home Bureau members in the 1940s. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 345 7th St. In November, she received proclamations from Mayor Byron W. Brown, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec and President Obama on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Her husband, John J., died in 1996.

She is survived by and a son, Charles; and a daughter, Barbara Braun.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Holy Cross Church.

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