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Mary Jane McGill-Brendle, retired shop owner

March 17, 1931 – March 15, 2014

Mary Jane McGill-Brendle, a retired poultry and deli shop owner, died March 15 at her home in Williamsville. She was 82.

Born Mary Jane Redden in Buffalo, she was a graduate of St. Nicholas High School, where she was an honors student and enjoyed playing basketball and dancing.

As a young woman, she modeled at the Flint & Kent Department Store.

In 1946, the Sailors of Company 830 and Camp Peary, Va., voted her “Sailors Best Girlfriend.”

She taught for two years at SS Peter & Paul Catholic School in Williamsville before marrying Oliver R. McGill in 1950. He died in 1983.

During the 1960s, while raising her three children, she worked for Pasco Meats and Erie County Savings Bank.

She later opened Mary Jane’s Poultry & Deli with her husband and sons.

The family started with a single location in downtown Buffalo before establishing a second location in Cheektowaga that was open from 1980 to 1984.

She retired in 1985.

The following year, she married Joseph D. Brendle; he died in 2012.

During her retirement, Mrs. McGill-Brendle enjoyed cooking, dining out with friends and vacationing in Pompano Beach, Fla., in the winter.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin McGill and John McGill; a daughter, Sister Christa McGill; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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