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May 9, 1963 – March 15, 2013

Nancy A. Tulumello, 49, a senior social worker at the Research Foundation at the University at Buffalo, died March 15 at her Amherst home after a battle with cancer.

Born in Buffalo, Ms. Tulumello earned a bachelor’s degree at D’Youville College and a master’s in social work from UB.

She worked for the Alzheimer’s Disease Association Center and the Kaleida Health Geriatric Center of Western New York.

Family members said that “through her work on the Erie County Caregiver Coalition and the Network in Aging and as a certified social worker” she championed the rights and needs of caregivers.

Ms. Tulumello received the Carl Naish Award in appreciation for her dedication to Millard Fillmore College students. She also was honored by the Alzheimer’s Association in 2011 with the W.P. Gillick Quality of Life award.

She is survived by her mother, Joan Shields; a sister, Evelyn M. Frese; and a brother, Robert Tulumello.

Private services were held.