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NIEDERPRUEM, Mary Ellen (Holland)

NIEDERPRUEM - Mary Ellen (nee Holland) Of West Seneca, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on January 24, 2015, in Deerfield Beach, FL after a brief illness. She is predeceased by Robert A. Niederpruem, her husband of 62 years. She was the cherished mother of Robert A. Niederpruem, Jr. (Susan), Mary Sue Slopka (John) and Mark A. Niederpruem (Tara Lillis); adored grandmother of Robert A. Niederpruem, III (Brooke Kaylor), Erin Monroe (Clayton), Brian Niederpruem, Ariel Slopka, Caroline, Catherine and Margaret Niederpruem; great-grandmother to Ellery Monroe; loving sister of James (Jackie) Holland of Clinton, MD. Friends and family may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the JAMES W. CANNAN FUNERAL HOME, INC. (Southtowns Chapel), 3155 Orchard Park Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:00 AM at St. John Vianney Church (please assemble at Church). Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. She was predeceased by seven siblings, Alice Comerford (Michael), Betty Tighe (Jack), Merton Holland (Mary), David Holland (Marian), Frank Holland (Donna), and Margaret Kent (Don). Mary Ellen grew up on Pawnee Parkway and graduated from South Park High School. In the 1950's she worked as a typist for the Buffalo News where she became friends with Mary Niederpruem who introduced her to the love of her life, Robert A. Niederpruem. They were soon married. Robert A. Niederpruem was a proud graduate of Canisius College, professional engineer and licensed land surveyor. Mary Ellen helped him in his land surveying business by typing and doing office work. They were founding members of St. John Vianney Church. They encouraged Catholic education and their children attended Mt. Mercy Academy, Bishop Timon, and Niagara University. During summer vacations, they travelled in their station wagon visiting national parks and landmarks. For years, Mary Ellen hosted family picnics enjoyed by her many cousins, nieces and nephews. In retirement, she and Robert travelled to Bermuda, Alaska and Hawaii. They spent winters in Deerfield Beach where they had close friends, enjoying bocce, cards and parties. Mary Ellen recently travelled with her children and grandchildren to Myrtle Beach, New York City, and they enjoyed this past Christmas together in Deerfield Beach. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren at their sporting events, concerts, plays and other activities.

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