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Lorraine E. Lauer Drexel, school food service director

June 4, 1922 to Feb. 19, 2016

Lorraine E. Lauer Drexel of Amherst, who worked many years in school food service management and served as president of the International Food Service Association, died Feb. 19 in an Arizona hospital. She was 93.

Born in Amherst, Mrs. Drexel graduated from Eggert Road Elementary School and Amherst Central High School before completing her education at Erie Community College in Amherst.

Mrs. Drexel worked for two decades as the food service manager of the Eggert Road school and 16 more years as food service director for East Aurora Union Free School District. She also was a consultant for Educational Food Management Services Inc. and Nourishment Services Inc.

Family members said she was considered a staunch advocate for school nutrition programs and lobbied for them in Washington, D.C. She won several professional awards throughout her career.

Mrs. Drexel served as president of New York State School Food Service Association, Buffalo branch of the International Food Service Executives Association and Government Donated Foods Advisory Board. She also served as the international chairwoman for the Courtesy is Contagious campaign and international chairman for the certification program for the International Food Service Executives Association.

Mrs. Drexel was published in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutritional magazine and in the November 1981 edition of Reader’s Digest.

She was on the advisory board for the culinary arts program at the city campus of Erie Community College.

She was a lifetime member of the American School Food Service Association, Erie County School Food Service Association and the International Food Service Executives Association. She also was an honorary member of the Professional Chef’s Association of Western New York, now known as the American Culinary Institute of Greater Buffalo.

She was a lifetime member of the St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Her husband of 62 years, Jack W. Drexel, died in 2004.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Drexel Pabilonia; a son, Donald J.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Benedict’s Church, 1317 Eggert Road, Eggertsville. Prayers will be said at 8:30 in the Tonawanda Chapel of Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive.