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Lucille Binkowski, retired health care administrator

April 26, 1943 – March 25, 2014

Lucille Binkowski, a retired Buffalo-area health care administrator, died March 25 in San Diego after a short battle with cancer. She was 70.

Born in Lackawanna, the former Lucille Woyshner earned a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from the University at Buffalo and certification as a nursing home administrator after training at Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence.

In a career of more than 25 years, Mrs. Binkowski was business operations manager for Health Care Plan, chief executive officer of Oak Orchard Community Health Center and administrative director of the Department of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo and at Women & Children’s Hospital.

She was active in many professional organizations, including the American College of Executives, the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics and the Medical Group Management Association. She served on the Community Blue Advisory Council.

She organized the first golf fundraising tournament for the Brothers of Mercy. As executive director for the Professional Woman’s Conference, she held continuing education programs leading to professional licensing.

In retirement, she and her husband, Edward, were Reiki master teachers and together taught classes and were certified Reiki practitioners.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 50 years include three daughters, Michelle, Lorraine and Renee; and two grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1182 Ridge Road, Lackawanna.

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