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Oct. 20, 1951 – May 14, 2013

Sarah C. Degnan, an active civic volunteer in the Hertel Avenue area and a former special-education teacher and teacher trainer, died Tuesday after a long illness. She was 61.

Born Sarah Klemann in Lockport and raised in Pendleton, she graduated from DeSales High School and, after attending Buffalo State College on a National Merit Scholarship, graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and special education.

Mrs. Degnan worked for Niagara Orleans BOCES as a special-education teacher, and as a teacher trainer for Erie 1 BOCES, specializing in computer applications.

She later owned S.C. Degnan Consultants in Buffalo, where she helped school districts maximize Medicaid reimbursements from the federal government before she retired in January.

Mrs. Degnan was a co-founder of ZTV, a community service organization that helped strenghen the Hertel Avenue area and reduce crime, and co-founded a local farmers’ market.

She was a board member of the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, a member of the Buffalo chapter of the American Sewing Guild and enjoyed photography, music, gardening, travel and reading scientific and literary works.

Survivors include her husband, Michael S.; a daughter, Devin M.; a son, Michael E.; and a brother, Peter.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, 911 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.