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Sept. 5, 1944 – March 10, 2013

Mary E. Bisantz, a Buffalo native and former Erie County assistant district attorney, died March 10 after a lengthy illness. She was 68.

A 1962 graduate of Holy Angels Academy, Ms. Bisantz was awarded the Grey Nuns Distinguished Alumnae Award. She graduated from D’Youville College in 1966 and received the Ann Lum Award in 2006.

In 1969, she received her law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.

In her third year of law school, she had the distinction of being the first woman editor of the SUNY Buffalo Law Review. Ms. Bisantz was admitted to the practice of law in New York in 1970 and practiced with Brown, Kelly, Turner, Hassett and Leach from 1970 to 1973.

She then served as an Erie County assistant district attorney and subsequently worked in the Commission on Judicial Conduct in Albany.

She later worked as assistant attorney general of New York in Albany until she was appointed a U.S. administrative law judge in the Raleigh, N.C., Office of Hearing and Appeals, Social Security Administration, in 1994.

In 1995, she was promoted to the position of chief judge in the hearing office.

Four years later, she was promoted to the position of acting regional chief judge in Seattle. And in 1999, Ms. Bisantz was appointed deputy chief judge in Falls Church, Va., the No. 2 position in the agency, presiding over 1,000 judges.

She continued in that position until 2003, the year she returned to Raleigh.

Ms. Bisantz retired at the end of 2006, spending much of her time in Rodanthe, N.C., where she owned Homeport Gifts on Hatteras Island.

Ms. Bisantz is survived by her sister, Jean Patricia Caldiero. A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. May 25 in the D’Youville College Chapel, 320 Porter Ave.