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Oct. 22, 1931 – May 28, 2013

Geraldine L. Chambers, retired SPCA official, secretary for the Erie County Health Department and active community volunteer, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. She was 81 and had been under hospice care.

Born in Lackawanna, the former Geraldine L. Dwyer was a lifelong Buffalo-area resident and lived in the Town of Tonawanda. She was a graduate of Lackawanna High School.

From 1945 to 1965, she worked for the county Health Department out of Buffalo City Hall, where she met her husband, Leo J., who was a county health inspector at the time.

Mrs. Chambers was coordinator of volunteers for the SPCA Serving Erie County. She is credited with establishing the long-standing Pet Therapy Program, coordinating the visits of more than 100 volunteers who brought dogs and cats to skilled nursing facilities and residential care units. She retired from the SPCA in 1988.

As a volunteer, she served as a Campfire Girls troop leader and was active in the Swiftwater Power Squadron.

Family members described her as fun-loving and said she enjoyed bringing people together and helping to connect pets to the right owner.

Besides her husband of 59 years, she is survived by a daughter, Patricia Alessandra; and a sister, Sharon Glenn.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in St. Mary Catholic Church, Swormville.