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Barbara M. Pries, election inspector, Town of Tonawanda resident

July 28, 1938 – Dec. 13, 2016

Barbara M. Pries, of the Town of Tonawanda, an election inspector and active volunteer, died Tuesday in Buffalo Hospice Wells House at Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. She was 78.

Born in Plains, Pa., the former Barbara Chopko moved to Buffalo with her family when she was four and was a graduate of Kenmore High School. While raising her family, she worked part-time and was an employee of Survey Service.

Barbara M. Pries

Mrs. Pries was a member of the Town of Tonawanda Democratic Committee and served as an election inspector. She also was a member of the Western New York Peace Center.

She volunteered at the food pantry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, did office work in the rectory of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and was an usher at Kleinhans Music Hall for 14 years.

She was a longtime member and leader in the Bishop’s Committee and was a former president of the PTA at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School.

She also was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

An advocate for public libraries, she regularly attended Bistro Bookers events and took part in the Kenilworth Library Book Club. She had a passion for overseas travel and visited Israel, Kenya, Russia and several other European nations. She also was a dedicated amateur photographer and a prolific letter-writer.

Her husband of 52 years, James H., a railroad machinist and supervisor, died in 2012.

Survivors include a son, David; two daughters, Sarah Symans and Susan; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1:15 p.m. Friday in St. Andrew’s Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

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