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MINICH, Mary Eleanore "Mimi"

MINICH - Mary Eleanore "Mimi"
Of Williamsville, died March 2, 2013, at her home in Weinberg Campus, East Amherst. She was 97. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, the former Mary Eleanore Bowman came to Buffalo in 1940 as the wife of Walter R. Roche. Mr. Roche died in 1944 while serving in the Navy and two years later she wed Ross T. Wesson, founder of Your Host Restaurants, and moved to Eggertsville. While living in Eggertsville, she was active in Amherst Community Church, where she organized Group #26. She was an active supporter of the Amherst Symphony and coordinator of the town's Red Cross Blood Bank. Mrs. Minich was a member of the Amherst Central School Board when Amherst Middle School was built. Widowed again in 1956, in 1969, she married Dr. Carl E. Minich, a retired Amherst public schools teacher. In 1974, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce recognized Mrs. Minich for her outstanding work in the building of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She organized and held the first meeting of the hospital's Women's Board in her home. A staunch environmentalist, Mrs. Minich's garden at her later home in Woodstream Farms was named a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Dr. Minich passed away in 1994 after 25 years of marriage. She is survived by two daughters, Rosalind R. (late Phillip) Barber and Renee R. (Gary) Jones. Another daughter, Rebecca W. (Stephen) Michalovic, passed away in 2011. Mrs. Minich is also survived by a stepdaughter, Susan M. (late David) Robinson. She had seven grandchildren: Abby (Kevin) Kirkland, Brooke (Hendrik) Haubeil, Wendy (Joshua) Epstein, Tara R. Michalovic, Mariah (Patrick) Tarry, Holly Jones and Ross (Jennifer) Michalovic; and 12 great-grandchildren. Friends may call Friday, April 12 from 4-8 PM at DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, 2480 Kensington Avenue. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13 at 2 PM at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main Street. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Williamsville United Methodist Church or the S.P.C.A. in memory of her many beloved dogs.

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