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Mary F. Schneckenberger, Buffalo Public Schools administrator

March 26, 1925 – Sept. 24, 2013

Mary Frances Schneckenberger, an administrator in the Buffalo Public School System, a world traveler, bowler, gardener, avid golfer and bridge player, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 88.

Born in Buffalo, she attended Fosdick-Masten Park High School and became vice president of the newly formed Alumni Association in 1947. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees from Buffalo State Teacher’s College. She was a doctoral candidate at the University of Buffalo where she earned a degree of specialist in educational administration. A member of Casting Hall at Buffalo State, she played the title role in “I Remember Mama,” directed by Mina Goosen. She was president of the student government, a member of Alpha Honorary Society and Delta Sigma Epsilon.

Her teaching career began in Kenmore. She also taught at the Harlem Road School in Snyder, and she was among the first faculty of the new Allendale School in Snyder.

While her sons were young, she was a substitute teacher for three years in West Seneca. Returning to full-time teaching in Buffalo, she then became an administrator at Schools 53 and 69, Dr. Martin Luther King and the Poplar Street Academy. She retired after 30 years in education in 1985.

A member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in West Seneca, she served on the Christian education board, also as trustee, deacon and elder. She served as greeter chairman for more than 40 years. She was an active member of the senior citizens group and also West Seneca Senior Citizens.

She was a member of the Museum of Science and served as a docent after retirement. She was also a docent, in recent years, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. She was a longtime member of the Elma Meadows Women’s Golf League and of the El Rio Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla., where she had a home.

Her husband of 57 years, Lloyd L., died in 2008. She is survived by two sons, Marc and Steven.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca.

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