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April 24, 1954 – April 28, 2013

NORTH TONAWANDA – Mary Lou Trunzo, of North Tonawanda, a teacher, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 59.

Born in Niagara Falls, she attended St. Joseph Elementary School in North Tonawanda and was a 1972 graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School, where she was president of her sorority.

She earned an associate’s degree from Niagara County Community College, bachelor’s degree from Fredonia State College and master’s degree from California State University at Sacramento.

Miss Trunzo began her teaching career at Tuscarora Elementary School on the Tuscarora Reservation. From 1979 to 1981, she taught in the Niagara County Head Start program, then moved to California, where she taught elementary grades.

She returned to Western New York in 1997 to teach at Colonial Village School in Lewiston, then went to Heim Elementary School in Amherst in 2002, where she taught third grade.

She was a volunteer at Rainbow of Help and the Down Syndrome Association.

Survivors include her parents, Michael and Frances; a sister, Bobbie Ann Meredith; and three brothers, Tom, Chris and Michael E. “Mick.”

Services will be at 5:45 p.m. Friday in M.J. Colluci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls.