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Leta Dentan, retired high school math teacher

Feb. 1, 1943 – June 30, 2015

Leta Dentan, a retired girls high school math teacher, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 72.

Born in Wisconsin, the former Leta Bachhuber graduated from Millikan High School in Long Beach, Calif., and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside. She also earned a master’s degree in anthropology and her Math Teaching Credential from the University at Buffalo.

Mrs. Dentan’s father was in the Navy. Her daughter, Sarah, said as a result, she moved around a lot when she was young and even lived in Thailand for a short time. She eventually moved to Buffalo for school.

Mrs. Dentan taught math at Villa Maria Academy, which closed in 2006, from 1980 until 2001. She then worked as a math teacher and the math department chair at Buffalo Seminary, an all-girls boarding school, until she retired in 2011.

In addition to her time teaching, Mrs. Dentan was active in neighborhood improvement projects and tutoring youth from under-resourced communities. She also received her SCUBA diving certificate at age 60, and took regular diving trips to Mexico and other locations.

Survivors include her husband, Robert; a son, Jonathan; two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth; a sister, Peggy Miller; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held in Buffalo at a later date.

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