Dec. 17, 1922 – June 17, 2016
Grace M. Gangloff, an active volunteer, died Friday in her Cheektowaga home after a brief illness. She was 93.
Born in Buffalo, the former Grace Reardon was a 1940 graduate of Bennett High School and worked as a civilian volunteer airplane spotter at the Buffalo airport. After the war, she was an office worker for several years at F.N. Burt Co.
An active parishioner at Infant of Prague Parish in Cheektowaga for more than 65 years, Mrs. Gangloff attended its first Mass in a tent in the parking lot.
She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, Ladies of Charity and the senior citizen group. She volunteered at many dinners and fundraising activities. She and her husband started the annual parish family picnic, and she was a bingo volunteer for more than 40 years. She bowled in a parish league into her late 80s.
She worked as an election inspector in Cheektowaga until she was almost 90 years old. She was recognized for more than 25 years of service as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and was a Girl Scout leader for more than 10 years.
She enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states. She camped for many years at Sleepy Hollow Lake Campground in Akron.
She also enjoyed playing pinochle and belonged to several card clubs.
She and her husband were passengers in the final car on the Cyclone roller coaster at Crystal Beach Amusement Park one night in the 1940s when it left the tracks and they had to climb down them to safety. For a while, it was assumed the couple had been thrown from the coaster, and they were reported as having been killed in the accident. Instead, they missed the last bus to Buffalo and had to walk home.
Her husband of 57 years, James E., a maintenance foreman for F.N. Burt, died in 2001.
Survivors include a son, James E. II; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.