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Mary C. Tubridy, 91, standout bowler and bowling coach

Jan. 31, 1926 – Nov. 9, 2017

Mary C. Tubridy, a member of the Buffalo Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame, died last Thursday in her Kenmore home after a short illness. She was 91.

Born in Buffalo, the fifth of nine children, the former Mary C. Quinn was the daughter of Irish immigrants. She attended Holy Family Elementary School and studied business at Our Lady of Victory High School. She worked for New York Telephone Co. for more than 10 years.

A standout athlete, she played softball and golf and excelled in bowling. She represented Amigone Funeral Home in local women’s bowling competition.

With Betty Maw, she was 1952 state women’s doubles champion and Women’s International Bowling Congress doubles champion in 1956.

In 1955, when she was Buffalo women’s singles bowling champion and was named to the Bowling World All-Eastern team, she was honored as Western New York Women’s Athlete of the Year.

She married Nelson J. Tubridy, an all-high swimming champion, in 1956 and raised seven children.

Mrs. Tubridy helped found the boys’ bowling league at the Kenmore Knights of Columbus and ran it for many years. She also was bowling coach at Holy Angels Academy and Sacred Heart Academy.

A member of the Democratic Party, she was an election inspector for more than 20 years.

She was a longtime parishioner at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and was a lector.

An avid reader and Buffalo Sabres fan, she traveled extensively to see her grandchildren.

Her husband, a retired General Motors tool setter, died in 1993.

Survivors include four sons, Terry, Pat, Michael and John; three daughters, Anne Lapeikis, Bridget and Denise Hatch; two brothers, Robert Quinn and Paul Quinn; a sister, Kathleen Kolerski; 13 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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