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VODRASKA, Florence Pittaway
VODRASKA - Florence Pittaway Late of Grand Island , NY, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, a teacher in private schools in Buffalo, NY, died June 22nd, 2019, at home in New Hampshire. She was 84. The only child of Charles L. Pittaway, M.M., and his wife Maud Corlett, Florence Elizabeth Pittaway was formed by World War II, when her family's home and the city of her birth, Barrow-in-Furness in northwest England, were hit by German bombs, and equally by the poetry and rural beauty of the Lake District near the Furness Peninsula. She graduated in 1953 from the County Grammar School for Girls in Barrow and earned in 1956 a Bachelor of Arts in Special Studies in German in the University of Leeds. She took a Diploma in Business Administration from St. Godric's College in Hampstead, and in the University of Manchester completed its program for the education of the deaf. She was employed by UNESCO as administrative assistant to successive Secretaries of the International Sociological Association in London (England) and Louvain (Belgium). In 1964 she came with her husband to Buffalo, NY; there, after dedicating herself to their children, she taught German and French at the Calasanctius School (1976-91) and then French at Canisius College, Nichols School, and St. Andrew's Country Day School. She was prompt to travel, to be outdoors, to seek antiques, and to invent games for her children and her students. Humble and generous, lively and loving she was faithful to her family and to her friends and, although international in her outlook, remained quietly but firmly British. Predeceased by her parents. Survivors Include Stanley Vodraska, her husband of 55 years; a son Adam (Katharine Fierro); two daughters Sarah (Thomas Berrian) and Rebeccah (Eric Sensenbrenner); and five grandchildren, Andrew Berrian, Rowan Berrian, Zoe Sensenbrenner, C. Augustus Sensenbrenner, and Rayna Teresa Vodraska. Services private.