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Cheryl D. Delano, teacher, Evans town historian Aug. 3, 1943 -- April 28, 2012

Cheryl D. Delano, of Angola, a retired teacher and Evans town historian, died Saturday in Absolut Care of Orchard Park, after a short illness. She was 68.

The former Cheryl Tanner was a Silver Creek native and grew up in Angola. She graduated from Lake Shore Central High School in 1961 and went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and her master's degree from Michigan State University.

She was an English and reading teacher in the Lake Shore district and was past president of the Lake Shore Central Teachers Association.

After retiring from teaching, she worked at Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff in Derby, the Chautauqua Bookstore at Chautauqua Institution as well as Barnes & Noble in Hamburg.

She was the Evans town historian for 14 years, during which time she was commissioned by the town and authored "Images of America, Evans and Angola," a book that chronicles the growth of the Town of Evans from 1821 through the present.

She also was secretary of the Evans Historical Society for 10 years. She was responsible for many years for "Scenes of the Past" articles in the Angola Pennysaver, which her late mother, Virginia Tanner, had co-owned.

She was past treasurer of the Southtowns Rural Preservation Company and a member of various book clubs in the area. She traveled extensively to many book-signings and author events, where she met and became a close friend of well-known mystery writer Barry Eisler.

She was a great fan of Syracuse University basketball, attending many games throughout her life. She also enjoyed watching football games and was a participant in fantasy football.

She is survived by a son, Stephen.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Church of Evans, Route 5 and Sturgeon Point Road, Derby.

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