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Helen M. Howard, longtime teacher, sheriff’s mother

Oct. 17, 1923 – April 13, 2013

Helen M. Howard of Gowanda, a longtime educator and the mother of Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, died unexpectedly Saturday in the Port Charlotte, Fla., home of her daughter. She was 89.

Born Helen M. Dugan in Osceola Mills, Pa., she graduated in 1945 from Villa Maria College in Erie, Pa., and did graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University, St. Bonaventure University, Fredonia State College and the New York Institute at Vassar College.

She taught English and Latin in Shinglehouse, Pa., at the former Thomas Indian School, and at St. Joseph’s School and Gowanda Central School during a career that spanned 36 years.

Mrs. Howard, who retired in 1981, was a member of the National Education and New York State Teachers associations. She also was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society and the Ladies Auxiliary of Gowanda Post 409, American Legion.

Her husband of 51 years, Vincent E., died in 1998.

Survivors include three other sons, Thomas, Patrick and Kevin; a daughter, Anne Kwasneski; and a brother, Bernard Dugan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph’s Church, 90 E. Main St., Gowanda.

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