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Nov. 17, 1915 – March 2, 2013

Mary Minich of Williamsville, a former Amherst School Board member, died March 2 at her home in the Weinberg Campus, Getzville. She was 97.

A native of Cleveland, the former Mary Eleanore Bowman, who went by the name “Mimi,” came to Buffalo in 1940 with her first husband, Walter R. Roche. He died in 1944 while serving in the U.S. Navy.

In 1946, she married Ross T. Wesson, founder of the Your Host restaurants, and moved to Eggertsville.

She was active in the Amherst Community Church, a supporter of the Amherst Symphony and coordinator of the town’s Red Cross Blood Bank. She also was a member of the Amherst Central School District Board of Education in the 1950s, during the time the middle school was built.

Mr. Wesson died in 1956. In 1969, she married Carl E. Minich, a former Amherst teacher. He died in 1994.

Mrs. Minich was recognized in 1974 by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to the construction of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She held the first meeting of the hospital’s Women’s Board in her home.

An active environmentalist, Mrs. Minich later saw the garden at her home in Woodstream Farms named a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

She is survived by two daughters, Rosalind R. Barber and Renee R. Jones, and a stepdaughter, Susan M. Robinson.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. April 13 in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St.