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Gerald A. Wahlenmayer, 80, Orchard Park High School teacher, golf coach

Oct. 13, 1938 – Sept. 17, 2019

Gerald A. Wahlenmayer, a retired Orchard Park High School teacher and golf coach, died Sept. 17 after a brief illness in his winter home in The Villages, Fla. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1957 graduate of Orchard Park High School, where he was a varsity basketball player.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social studies education from SUNY Buffalo State.

Mr. Wahlenmayer became a social studies teacher at Orchard Park Junior High School in 1963, then began teaching at Orchard Park High School in 1978. There he served as social studies department chairman and coordinated the mentoring program for teachers.

He retired in 1995.

An avid golfer and member of Tri-County and Gowanda country clubs, he was the varsity golf coach at Orchard Park High School for many years, leading several of his teams to championships.

A longtime Hamburg resident, for 21 years he supported the restoration of Graycliff, the summer estate in Derby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, as a member of the Graycliff Conservancy and as a master docent.

He also was a member of the Peterson Society at Buffalo State, supporting endowed scholarships for Buffalo State students.

He met the former Carol Williams, an English teacher, when they were faculty members at Orchard Park Junior High School. They were married in 1965.

Survivors also include a son, Douglas; a daughter, Kimberly Apelgren; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Graycliff, 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby.

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