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Jan. 16, 1916 – July 5, 2013

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda, for Cristina C. Truell, a retired teacher and principal.

She died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. The Kenmore resident was 97.

Born Cristina Cordaro in Buffalo, she graduated from Hutchinson Technical High School in 1933 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1937.

Mrs. Truell received a master’s degree in education from the University of Buffalo.

Beginning in 1933, she was an elementary school teacher for 16 years at Schools 5, 50 and 25 in Buffalo.

In addition, she was a principal for 21 years at School 9 until she retired in 1976.

Mrs. Truell was a member of St. Amelia Catholic Church, the State Teachers Retirement System, the National Education Association, Pi Lambda Theta, the Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators, the State Retired School Administrators and Supervisors, and Buffalo Retired Teachers.

Her husband of 34 years, Arthur W. Sr., died in 1987.