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Irene E. Wingerter, active in community, church

Nov. 30, 1923 – April 10, 2013

Irene E. Wingerter, of Snyder, a longtime homemaker, substitute teacher, community volunteer and active member of Christ the King Catholic Church for 61 years, died Wednesday at her home in Snyder. She was 89.

Born Irene E. Walker in Utica and raised in Syracuse, she attended St. Joseph’s College in Emmitsburg, Md.

She was a homemaker for most of her life and became a talented seamstress who often sewed the clothing worn by her family members.

She also taught the art of sewing to many other women in her community.

Mrs. Wingerter often volunteered as a substitute teacher at Christ the King Elementary School and at Bishop Neumann High School, which her children attended.

She also worked at Bishop Fallon High School for many years until it closed in the early 1970s.

She was active on the Bishop’s Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and was instrumental in developing the baptism visitation program for the diocese.

She was a member of the Christ the King Church choir for more than 40 years until she began to experience ill health in February.

Mrs. Wingerter was a member of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society and editor of its newsletter for many years.

Her husband of 37 years, Arthur G. Sr., died in 1985.

She is survived by six daughters, Patricia Gengler, Mary Ellen Worley, Mary Anne Butters, Elizabeth Perry, Carol Gerasimowicz and Barbara Auten; and two sons, Joseph and Arthur G. Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder.

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