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April 27, 1935 – March 20, 2013

Helen Kossuth, of the Town of Tonawanda, a teacher who worked with the blind for many years as a volunteer, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 77.

Born Helen Emelie Murphy in Ontario, N.Y., she was a 1957 graduate of Brockport State College and taught third grade in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools from 1957 to 1967.

Mrs. Kossuth then began a 35-year affiliation with the Blind Association of Western New York as a volunteer, driving for the low-impaired vision clinic and the association’s men’s club and preparing their lunches. She was a member of the association’s board of directors and helped in many fundraising activities.

She received the Ruddy Spitzer Philanthropy Award from the Buffalo Eye Bank.

She served as president of the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs Honorarians and was active in the Federation of Women’s Clubs on the state level. She also was president of the Pro-To Club, a foundation that raises scholarship money for needy students attending the University at Buffalo, and a member of the Monday Book Club at the Twentieth Century Club.

Among the many other education scholarship programs she helped was the Engineering Society of Buffalo 5K Run, which assists area engineering students.

She was a member of the Kensington Lioness Club and assisted her husband in many activities with the Kenmore Lions Club. A member of two golf leagues at Brighton Golf Course, she also was a league bowler with a 150 average.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Donald A., and a brother, Richard F. Murphy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave. at Highland Parkway, Town of Tonawanda.