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Margaretmary Dobmeier, longtime funeral director; Oct. 19, 1952 -- May 10, 2012

Margaretmary "Peggy" Dobmeier, a longtime funeral director and co-owner of John E. Roberts Funeral Home, died Thursday in her Amherst home. She was 59.

Born in Buffalo, Mrs. Dobmeier attended St. Margaret's School and Holy Angels Academy. She graduated from Buffalo State College and Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse.

Mrs. Dobmeier had been an integral part of the family funeral business for more than 35 years.

At the time of her death, she was the president of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, an organization she belonged to throughout her career.

Together, with her brother James, she owned and operated John E. Roberts Funeral Homes in North Buffalo and Amherst. In 2008, they acquired the Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dobmeier was a member of the Hertel-North Park Businessmen's Association.

Along with other family members, she was a member of the United Irish American Association, taking an active role in the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

She was a member of the Twentieth Century Club and enjoyed events at the Buffalo Canoe Club and Buffalo Yacht Club.

Mrs. Dobmeier was a former president of the Cheektowaga Zonta Club and a member of the Holy Angels Academy Parents Guild and Alumni Board. In 2005 she received the Ruth Reinhardt Award for her service to Holy Angels.

She was a parishioner of St. Benedict Catholic Church and a member of the parents association. She co-founded the church's "Dare to Dream" fundraiser, now in its 20th year. She was also a Eucharistic minister and coordinated parish phone-a-thons and other activities for Catholic Charities.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Robert M. Jr.; two daughters, Mary and Anne; a son, Robert III; three brothers, John, Michael and James Roberts; and a sister, Jacqueline DiMaggio.

A Mass of Christian Burialwill be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road, Amherst.