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Sadie Joseph, Buffalo School System food service worker, active church member

May 8, 1921 – Aug. 7, 2014

Sadie Joseph, a retired Buffalo School System food-service worker and active church member, died Thursday in her Buffalo home. She was 93.

The former Sadie Sfeir was born to Lebanese immigrants and attended elementary school at St. John Maron Maronite Catholic Church, then in Buffalo, where she learned to speak English in the first grade. She graduated from Grover Cleveland High School.

Mrs. Joseph was a nurse’s aide during World War II. After the war, she worked in many capacities of her father’s businesses, particularly restaurants located throughout Buffalo.

Mrs. Joseph was considered an excellent cook, particularly of Lebanese food. She was active in her children’s Catholic schools and was a room mother, fundraiser and president of the Mother’s Club. She also cooked for nuns and was the “reliable go-to mom,” her family said.

Later in life, she began working for the Buffalo School System as a food service employee. Family members said the teachers would request that she be the “chef” for their meals because of her reputation as a cook.

She received Employee of the Year awards on several occasions, and also worked as a waitress for Joseph’s Catering, a business operated by a niece and nephews. She retired in 1999.

At St. John Maron, she was an officer in the Altar & Rosary Society, helped in church activities, cleaned the altars, ironed altar linens and was active in fundraisers and social events. Because of her devotion, she was awarded the church’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2012.

Her husband, of 20 years, Elias D., died in 1970.

Survivors include three daughters, Regina, Rosemary and Dolores; a son, Gregory; one brother, Naja Sfeir; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Amherst.

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