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Joanne M. Vossler, 89, mother of 8 who sang in choirs

July 27, 1929 - Jan. 18, 2019

Music played a big role in Joanne M. Vossler's life.

Mrs. Vossler was a 1950 graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, where she trained to be a music teacher. She taught music in Buffalo and North Tonawanda. For most of her life, after she quit teaching in schools to raise a large family, she sang from the choir lofts of St. Joseph Cathedral and St. Mark  Catholic Church in Buffalo and St. Luke Catholic Church in Erie, Pa. She also arranged music for the programs at the Twentieth Century Club.

"She enjoyed playing piano, especially warming up her voice before a recital," said her son Thomas Vossler.

Mrs. Vossler died Jan. 18 at Brothers of Mercy in Clarence. She was 89.

Toward the end of her life, she donated her Steinway piano to Nazareth College.

"It was her prized possession," Thomas said. "She was happy it went to a place where students could use it."

Mrs. Vossler was raised in Snyder and attended Christ the King grade school and Amherst High School, class of 1946.

She lived most of her life in North Buffalo's Central Park neighborhood.

She raised eight children with her husband, the late George A. Vossler Sr., a founder of the Erie County Conservative Party.

"With eight children, she had to be somewhat of a disciplinarian to keep everything in order," her son Thomas said. "One of her favorite (lines) was 'hit the brick wall,' which in hindsight was her way for us to learn life's lessons but in a good way."

Surviving are two sons, George Jr. and Thomas; six daughters, Mary Buckel, Joanna Hourihan, Anne Bresnahan, Dr. Ellen Vossler, Dr. Cathleen Vossler and Caroline Ogiony; a sister, Joyce Wilson; two brothers, Thomas Wilson and Terrence Wilson; 19 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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