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Phyllis R. Jaremka, 95, retired Buffalo elementary school teacher

Aug. 30, 1923 – May 29, 2019

Phyllis R. Jaremka, of North Buffalo, a retired Buffalo elementary school teacher, died May 29 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. She was 95.

Born Phyllis Ann Rose in Albany, one of four children, she was a 1941 graduate of Kensington High School who became employed as a production worker at the Bell Aircraft plant on Elmwood Avenue, where she was known as “Rosie.”

In the early months of World War II, she enlisted in the Coast Guard with a friend under the buddy system. She was stationed in Cleveland, where she was assigned to the motor pool and payroll office.

Following her discharge, she attended the University of Buffalo on the G.I. Bill, graduating cum laude in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

After raising her family, she earned a master’s degree at UB and was a physical education teacher in Schools 1, 77 and 81, retiring in the mid 1980s. During the summer, she was a swimming instructor at Bennett High School.

In retirement, she traveled extensively with her longtime companion, Robert Perry, who died in 2011.

Survivors include three sons, Nicholas, Peter and Joseph; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday, June 7, in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 85 Dakota St.

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