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LaVIGNE, Marion

LaVIGNE, Marion

LaVigne - Marion
Marion LaVigne died August 11, at age 90, at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence. Marion was born in Buffalo on February 11, 1927 to Agnes (nee Jordan) and William Mandley. She grew up on the west side, and attended Holy Angels Grade School and High School. She went on to attend what was then known as State Teachers College, where she received the Jesse Ketchum medal for graduating first in her class. Marion later received a Masters in Education and a Masters of Business Administration from UB. In 1950, Marion married the love of her life, Jack LaVigne. Their first date was at a CYO dance at Immaculate Conception parish. Jack and Marion lived in Kenmore and then in Williamsville with their five children. Marion was the consummate teacher. For forty-nine years she was "Mrs. LaVigne" to thousands of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in her math classes in Buffalo and Williamsville Public Schools. Marion said of her long career in teaching: "Everyday was worthwhile, rewarding, and encouraging." She firmly believed that, contrary to conventional wisdom, every student could learn math. After she retired, Marion tutored at-risk girls who were studying for their GEDs and college placement tests. Marion was an intrepid traveler. The only continent she hadn't visited was Antarctica. When she was 80, Marion and her close friend Helen Bowen took a trip to Tibet where "these two elderly American ladies traveling alone" were a source of amazement to all of the Tibetans they met. Marion was active even after her 90th birthday. She volunteered at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and as an usher at UB Center for the Arts. Marion was an avid (and competitive) bridge player and an astute connoisseur of art. Marion is survived by her five children: Michele, Jackie (Murray) Wright, Jay (Donna), Neil (the late Anne), and Marnie (Rob Fohl); ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and countless friends. Donations in memory of Marion LaVigne can be made to Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity, Nicaragua Mission Project, Notre Dame Club of Buffalo Scholarship Endowment, or Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. A private service will be held at Forest Lawn, where Marion will be buried next to Jack.

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