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Mary M. Koessler, philanthropist active in Catholic Church

July 31, 1927 – June 16, 2015

Mary M. Koessler of Lakeview, the wife of the late Buffalo printing magnate John W. Koessler Jr. and generous philanthropist to various Western New York charities and organizations, died Tuesday in Hamburg after a short illness. Mrs. Koessler was 87.

Born in Buffalo, the former Mary Pendy was a life-long Western New York resident. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s High School in Kenmore and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in business from D’Youville College, which also later awarded her an honorary doctorate in humanities.

Mrs. Koessler was an active Roman Catholic and was involved in the Bishops Committee on Laity, the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and was a member of St. John Paul II parish in Lake View.

She earned the St. Joseph the Worker award for her dedication and service to the church.

Her memberships also included the Buffalo Club and Wanakah Country Club.

Mrs. Koessler was the widow of John Koessler, the former CEO of Greater Buffalo Press, who died in April 1997, and she was the daughter-in-law of the late J. Walter Koessler Sr., the namesake of Canisius College’s Koessler Athletic Center.

She is survived by three sons, John W. Koessler III, William and Eugene; three daughters, Mary Clare Smith, Carol A. and Barbara L.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John Paul II Roman Catholic Church, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View.

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