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Kathleen E. Lauerman, nurse, social justice devotee

Jan. 9, 1935 – March 6, 2017

Kathleen E. Lauerman, a wife and mother whose concern for the lives of others led to a career in nursing and a lifelong dedication to social justice, died Monday at her North Buffalo home. She was 82.

Born in Youngstown, the former Kathleen Hanna came to Buffalo in 1962 and, after marrying and raising seven children, resumed a nursing career that would take her to the skilled nursing facility at Sisters of Charity Hospital and later to a methadone clinic, where drug users would tell her of their successes and failures with recovery.

Her generosity extended to both friends and strangers. Before there was such a thing as couch-surfing, she hosted travelers in her home through Mennonite Your Way, a hospitality service organized by the religious group.

Mrs. Lauerman also volunteered at Vive La Casa, the international refugee agency, and at a clinic for low-income people at the Response to Love Center at St. Adalbert’s parish.

For Amnesty International, she wrote letters on behalf of political prisoners. And in January, she joined in the Women’s March in Buffalo, one of the many ways in which she expressed her strong views on human rights and equality.

At her instruction, her body was donated to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Mrs. Lauerman’s other passion was her family, including the former University at Notre Dame senior she met and eventually married in 1955. David Lauerman taught at Canisius College for four decades and the couple are still remembered by many students as their second family.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include three brothers, Charles, John and William; four sons, David, John, Patrick and Lucian; three daughters, Margaret, Caitlin Denecke and Rosemary Parece; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Lauerman will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Mark Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave., following prayers at the Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

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