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DANIELS, Margaret M. (CLARK)
DANIELS - Margaret M. (nee Clark) The angels and our Most Holy Redeemer are rejoicing now that Margaret is officially a member of the heavenly choir and singing songs of praise...and the occasional show tune. She peacefully passed away on a beautiful sunshine filled day-Sunday February 21, 2016. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, John and Margaret (Neurohr) Clark; her guardian, Daisy Neurohr, and her beloved husband of 40 years, Richard Daniels who passed away in 1990. She worked at New York Telephone from 1945 until 1953 and made lasting friendships with her girlfriends Rita, June and Edna. They remained close friends for more than 70 years. When Margaret and Rita were 21, they once traveled to New York City (it was the first time on an airplane for both of them) and spent an entire week seeing the sights, shopping for and buying a fancy hat and riding the rides at Coney Island. Just prior to the birth of her first child, she left the Telephone Company, and worked full time (for the next 27 years) as a stay-at-home mom raising her four children: Anne (late Gregory) Bielinski, David (KayCee), Mark (late Christine) and Paul (Jaime Vazquez) Daniels. Margaret always encouraged her children to "do your best" and two of her favorite "momisms" included "You do what you think is best" and "You use your good judgement." In addition to raising her children, she had many interests which included square dancing (she enjoyed this activity for many years with her husband Richard). She was especially fond of any type of physical exercise and, roller skated (this is how our parents originally met), ice skated, played tennis and downhill skied (until she was in her '70's) and swam at the YMCA until last year. She had a lifelong passion for sail boats and sailing. On her 75th and 80th birthdays Margaret treated her children and grandchildren to a catamaran trip on the Moondance in downtown Buffalo. Most importantly, she truly enjoyed the arts which included dancing, playing the piano and singing. She loved to sing and at one time she was a member of St Gregory's choir, and more recently, she sang with the Amherst Senior Center Choral group. Margaret not only loved her outside flower gardens and was an active member of Garden Club, but also, in the south window of her dining room there was always a variety of new plants sprouting from various fruit seeds or plant cuttings. At one time, she had been an active member of Home Bureau, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and the Erie County Cooperative Extension. In addition, she was the original recycler and composter; everything had more than one use. As her children were growing up, she enjoyed many fun filled family vacations at Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay, Ontario, as well as Lake Piseco and Eagle Bay in the Adirondacks. When her husband Richard became too ill to work, Margaret reentered the work force in 1980 as an assistant cook for the Meals on Wheels Program with the Town of Amherst Senior Center and worked for 17 years before retiring in 1997. After the death of her husband in 1990, she also continued her travel trips to Japan, Israel, Petra, Germany, Greece, Norway and twice, she went sailing on an active sailing ship (the Angelique). For 10 years, Margaret also visited and kindly cared for two elderly aunts who each lived to be more than 100 years old (Bertha and Adeline) until they passed away. For almost 20 years, she opened her house to International Students who were completing their dissertations for their PhD degrees with the State University of New York at Buffalo. Many of the students called Margaret their American mom and after they completed their studies and graduated, she continued to receive birthday, Christmas as well as cards of appreciation. It was a positive and rewarding experience for both our mother and her many international students. A few years ago, Margaret suffered a stroke but after completing physical rehabilitation and with assistance from her children and aides (Cindy, Deb, Carol, Deb, Charissa, Ashley, Deb and others who cared for her) from Christian Home Companions, she was able to live in her house (that her husband had built 58 years ago) for 4 more years. Her house was one of the first on Hopkins Rd (there were cows in the pasture behind her back yard) with an unobstructed view of the signal at the corner of North Forest and Maple (prox. 2 miles away). Although she did not have the opportunity to attend college, education was quite important to Margaret, especially reading. She is survived by and so very proud of her 5 amazing grandchildren: Nathan, Ian, Sarah, Melanie and Seth Daniels, who have all pursued a college education. Her strong Catholic faith, (which was formed and nourished by both her guardian, Aunt Daisy Neurohr and her grandmother Theresa Neurohr who raised Margaret from an infant due to the death of Margaret's mother) left a lasting impression on anyone who met her. She and her husband Richard were founding members of St Gregory the Great Parish and she was a parishioner for more than 50 years. Margaret will be dearly missed by not only her family but also many relatives, friends, and neighbors. The family will be present and receive friends Friday from 4-8 PM at Beach Tuyn Funeral Home Inc., 5541 Main St., (at Cayuga Rd.), Williamsville. Final prayers at the funeral home will be said Saturday morning at 8:00 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Gregory the Great Church at 8:45 AM (OR to stream online: www.stgregs.org). Flowers gratefully declined.
Memorial donations in Margaret's name can be directed either to SABAH www.sabahinc.org or St. Luke's Mission of Mercy www.stlukesmissionofmercy.org. Online condolences may be made at: www.beachtuynfh.com