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March 14, 1927 – March 7, 2013

A memorial service for Laurel J. Cammarata, who was active in North Buffalo church and volunteer activities for decades, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 96 Jewett Parkway.

Mrs. Cammarata died Thursday in her home in Clarence. She was 85.

Known for her kind nature and commitment to community, she spent most of her life in North Buffalo, where she grew up and was involved in a wide range of volunteer activities.

The former Laurel Harrison was a graduate of Bennett High School. After high school, she did clerical work for several years at Niagara Machine & Tool Works in Buffalo, followed by several more years in the mortgage department of Erie Savings Bank.

Later, she worked for 35 years as a lunch aide at Buffalo’s School 54 on Main Street, and Mrs. Cammarata was thrilled that three of her grandchildren attended the school while she was employed there. She retired in 2002 at age 75.

Her husband of 54 years, Ralph, died in 2006.

She took part in many volunteer activities at her church, including a stint as a member of the vestry, the governing body of the church.

She was active for many years in parent associations at School 54 and Bennett High School.

She and her husband were volunteers at Rosary Hill College, now known as Daemen College, in Snyder.

An avid hockey fan, Mrs. Cammarata was a season ticket holder for many years with the Buffalo Bisons minor league hockey team, and she later became a loyal fan of the Buffalo Sabres.

She also had a lifelong passion for reading and – at age 85 – decided to take a crack at becoming a writer.

“Just in the last few months of her life, she took up a writing course and began writing short stories,” said her son, Peter . “We are so happy that we have those stories.”

In addition to her son, Mrs. Cammarata is survived by a daughter, Nancy Cich, and a sister, Norma Mann.