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Sept. 2, 1935 – March 20, 2014

Agnes P. Tufariello, 78, of Williamsville, a former mathematics and physics teacher who was married to a University at Buffalo dean, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after prolonged battles with cancer and heart failure.

The former Agnes Matze was born in Eau Claire, Wis. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and also did graduate work at the university in Madison, Wis., before going on to teach high school mathematics and physics in Wisconsin from 1957 to 1962.

In 1960, she married Joseph J. Tufariello. The couple settled in Buffalo in 1963 and her husband went on to become a longtime professor of chemistry and subsequently chairman of the Chemistry Department and dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UB.

Mrs. Tufariello was a homemaker from 1962 until the time of her death.

She enjoyed knitting, cooking, gardening, bird-watching and volunteer work. Mrs. Tufariello was a member of the League of Women Voters and volunteered at the St. Francis Nursing Home in Williamsville.

Family members said she was most known “for her devotion to her family and friends and for her exceptionally kind heart, gentle spirit, practical wisdom and deep faith.”

Besides her husband of more than 50 years, Mrs. Tufariello is also survived by four daughters, Catherine J., JoAnn M., Donna L. and Jennifer M.; and a granddaughter.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. April 12 in UB’s Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst.