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April 29, 1938 – July 29, 2013

Margaret E. Bugaj, who served two terms as president of the New York State AMVETS Auxiliary, died Monday in her Town of Tonawanda home. She was 75.

Born in Buffalo, the former Margaret McCrory attended Buffalo schools and worked in facilities support for the City of Buffalo in Memorial Auditorium, Pilot Field and City Hall from 1985 until she retired in 2005.

A South Buffalo resident, she served several terms as auxiliary president at Buddy Knaus Post 14, AMVETS, where her former husband, Robert, served three terms as commander. He and her son Martin are the only father and son to serve as AMVETS state commanders.

Mrs. Bugaj was Department of New York AMVETS Auxiliary president in 1982-83 and again in 1996-97 and served as chairwoman of the state auxiliary convention for many years. She also was an officer of the Erie County AMVETS Council Auxiliary.

A former bakery shop manager for Tops Markets, she made hundreds of wedding cakes as a freelance confectioner. She also won awards as a cake decorator at the Erie County Fair, where her entries included a cake that looked like a circus wagon, and in a national contest.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Velasquez and Susan Grentzinger; two sons, Martin and Brian; and two sisters, Patricia Stresing and Sandra Dorsey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1974 Seneca St.