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Theresa V. Moley, matriarch of well-known Wilson family devoted to family, job as school bus driver

Aug. 22, 1926 – April 28, 2016

WILSON – The matriarch of a well-known Wilson family, Theresa V. Moley and her husband had moved to Wilson in 1956 to raise their children on a farm away from city life in Buffalo.

Along the way, Mrs. Moley became known to hundreds of children as a caring school bus driver and a devoted member of St. Brendan on the Lake Catholic Church, where she was active for many years in the Altar and Rosary Society.

But her greatest accomplishment, loved ones said, was her devotion to her family. Several of her children followed in her and her husband’s footsteps and raised their families in Wilson, a few of them residing within walking distance of their parents’ farmhouse in South Wilson.

Surrounded by her family, Mrs. Moley, 89, died Thursday in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Lewiston. She was 89.

“In the most difficult times, she was the strength of the family, encouraging each of her children to pursue their dreams,” said her son, Michael. “Many of her children would not be where they are without her persistence in becoming successful in their professional lives.”

Born in Buffalo, the former Theresa Malinowski attended local Catholic schools and later worked as a legal secretary. In 1947, she married Anthony J. Moley, a Niagara Falls native. They had met shortly after he had returned home from military service in the European Theater of World War II.

For 10 years, starting in 1966, Mrs. Moley worked for Ransomville Bus Lines and Ridge Road Bus Lines. Her love of children, relatives said, made her popular among the youngsters she drove back and forth to school. An avid reader, she also loved to cook and bake, but her greatest joy came from spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband of nearly seven decades and her son, Michael, Mrs. Moley is survived by two other sons, Anthony and John; two daughters, Cecelia “Sis” Fitzsimmons and Mary Palacios; a sister, Florence Zuccarili; 13 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Monday in St. Brendan on the Lake Church, 345 Lake St.

– Lou Michel

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