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March 1, 1921 – March 24, 2013

Loretta Schaefer, a floral designer and owner of Wean Florist in Kenmore, died Sunday in Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home. She was 92.

Born Loretta Ciecko in Buffalo, Miss Schaefer had worked at Dunlop Tire Co. in the early 1940s before joining Wean Florist, then located on Tacoma Avenue in Buffalo, as an apprentice in 1946.

She took classes to become a floral designer and, in the 1950s, moved with the business to its new location on Delaware Avenue in the Village of Kenmore, where she rose through the ranks to manager, vice president and president.

A prominent floral designer, Miss Schaefer designed at many floral shows across the country and worldwide with Teleflora, FTD [Florists’ Transworld Delivery] and Florafax.

She also worked at several design schools and was a former president of the upstate unit of Teleflora, serving on its board of directors. In addition, she was a floral instructor for the Niagara Frontier Retail Florist Association.

Following the death of William Wean in 1972, Miss Schaefer succeeded him as owner of the business and operated it until she became ill in 2007.

Miss Schaefer was very active in the Zonta Club of Kenmore and was a former president of the Delaware-Sheridan Businessmen’s Association.

She loved animals and contributed regularly to the SPCA Serving Erie County.

Survivors include two sisters, Julie Fremont and Eleanor Gajewski, and a brother, Richard Ciecko.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.