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Clare M. Brownell, retired Ken-Ton teacher

Jan. 21, 1923 – June 21, 2016

Clare M. Brownell, a retired Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda elementary school teacher, died Tuesday in her Town of Tonawanda home. She was 93.

Born in Sayre, Pa., the former Clare Tyson was a graduate of Hornell High School and Geneseo State Teachers College. She came to the Buffalo area in 1948 and taught fifth grade for 32 years in Ken-Ton schools, primarily at Brighton Elementary. She retired in 1980.

A longtime Amherst resident, Mrs. Brownell was a volunteer at Hospice Buffalo and DeGraff Memorial Hospital. She was a docent for 20 years at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. A member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Amherst, she was active in many reading groups and church groups, including Christian Clowning.

Her husband of almost 60 years, Ralph Brownell, who designed heating and air-conditioning systems, died in 2003. She then moved to Hornell after she married Kenneth Thompson and returned to the Buffalo area after he died in 2012.

Survivors include two daughters, Beth Ann B. Botorick and Diane B. Keller; two sons, Mark A. and Lynn C.; two brothers, Richard Tyson and Francis Tyson; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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