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Darlene M. Grabenstatter, taught in Alden facility; Sept. 30, 1949 -- May 31, 2012

Darlene M. Grabenstatter of Lancaster, an alternative education teacher, died Thursday in Hospice House in Cheektowaga after a lengthy illness. She was 62.

The former Darlene Campagna was born in Burbank, Calif., and moved to Buffalo where she was raised. She was an Amherst High School graduate.

After high school, Mrs. Grabenstatter went on to attend Trinidad College in Colorado and then later Buffalo State College, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. She later received two master's degrees from Canisius College in teaching for reading as well as a state-certified degree in business and history, respectively.

Mrs. Grabenstatter was employed by the Alden Central School District where she worked for more than 18 years at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

A longtime supporter of the Sheriff's Association, Mrs. Grabenstatter also supported the 7th Calvary Division, attending numerous ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Vietnam Veterans.

She is predeceased by a baby girl, Christine, and survived by her husband, Allen G.; a daughter, Dawn Foley; her father, Michael Campagna; and a brother, Michael Campagna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.