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Anne P. Adrian, retired longtime school nurse

Sept. 17, 1921 – Jan. 15, 2016

Anne P. Adrian, a retired school nurse, died Friday in her Blasdell home under hospice care. She was 94.

Born in Buffalo, one of seven children, she graduated from Blasdell High School at age 16, but was too young to immediately enter the nursing school at E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, now Erie County Medical Center.

During World War II, while working as a private duty nurse, she was recruited by the Red Cross to assist in the Bradford, Pa., area, where she was well-known for her skills at drawing blood. After the war, she earned a bachelor’s degree as a school nurse teacher from the University of Buffalo.

Miss Adrian began working in the blood donor department for the Red Cross in Buffalo in 1951 and was a nurse in the Blasdell schools and Our Mother of Good Counsel School.

In 1955, she became the head nurse teacher at the new Frontier Central Junior-Senior High School, where she inoculated thousands of elementary and high school students with polio vaccine. Known for her nearly total recall of students’ names and their needs, she retired in 1983.

Before she retired, she built a vacation home in Eastham, Mass., on Cape Cod.

Miss Adrian was an opera buff and organized several excursions over the years to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She also shared her love of gardening, nature, traveling, ice skating and cross-country skiing.

She also personally attended to hundreds of family, friends and neighbors during their illnesses.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday morning in Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 3688 South Park Ave., Blasdell.

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