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Dorothy M. Fink, active in Buffalo-area arts and civic circles

Oct. 9, 1917 – July 19, 2016

Dorothy M. Fink, who was active in Buffalo-area arts and civic circles, died Tuesday in Rosa Coplon Living Center, Getzville, after a lengthy illness. She was 98.

The former Dorothy Leiser was born in Buffalo and graduated from St. Mary’s Seminary.

Afterward, she attended secretarial school and then went to work for a mortgage company.

When World War II broke out, she drove a truck and performed office work for three years for the Army Corps of Engineers in support of the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb.

After the war, she became an office manager for Russian War Relief. There, she would meet her future husband of 69 years, Theodore R. Fink.

Mrs. Fink returned to the workforce after rasing three children, as a teacher’s aide for Fosdick-Masten and Bennett high schools.

Known for her love of the arts, Mrs. Fink was a longtime donor to Canisius College and member of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Buffalo Philharmonic Society and Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

She was a longtime member of the Beautiful People, an informal club of 25 Central Park women who would gather monthly to celebrate their birthdays over lunch. The sisterhood met for more than 40 years.

“They were very supportive of each other – it was lovely,” said a daughter, Deborah L. Benczkowski.

After she retired, she and her husband traveled widely, visiting Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States.

For the last 20 years, they spent a month each winter in Siesta Key, Fla.

Survivors in addition to her husband and daughter include another daughter, Martha L. Timmel ; a son, J. Theodore; and eight grandchildren.

Services are private.

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