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Sally M. Hartmayer, 93, longtime office manager at St. Amelia's Parish

June 8, 1925 – May 3, 2019

Sally M. Hartmayer, of the Town of Tonawanda, longtime office manager at St. Amelia’s Catholic Parish, died May 3 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 93.

Born Sally Mae Hanavan in Buffalo, she was a 1943 graduate of Bennett High School and then attended IBM Business School. From 1944 to 1947, she worked in the accounting department at Mobil Oil and in the payroll department at Curtiss-Wright.

She and her high school sweetheart, John W. “Jack” Hartmayer Jr., were married in 1947. He was a star football player at Bennett and, for their first date in 1941, they went to Thanksgiving dinner together after she watched him play in Bennett’s victory in the Harvard Cup championship football game.

After her four children were in school, Mrs. Hartmayer worked part-time in the men’s department at Kleinhans clothing store in the Boulevard Mall.

From 1971 to 1996, she managed the office in the rectory of St. Amelia’s Parish, where she and her husband had been members since the parish was founded in 1953.

In retirement, she volunteered at St. Amelia’s, for the parish’s Catholic Charities campaigns and at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

She also was a polling place worker for the Erie County Board of Elections, assisted at flu clinics for the Visiting Nursing Association and for 10 years volunteered as a patient aide at DeGraff Memorial Hospital.

She and her husband, a Buffalo police detective sergeant, traveled extensively in Europe following retirement. He died in 2005.

In recent years, she took summer trips with her family to Tybee Island, Ga.

She enjoyed reading, playing bridge, gardening and knitting.

Survivors include three sons, C. Douglas, Bishop Gregory J. and John W. III; a daughter, Mary Jo Kotacka; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Amelia’s Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

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