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March 1, 1953 – April 30, 2014

Anita M. Sandecki, of Amherst, a registered nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, died unexpectedly April 30 in Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 61.

A native of Buffalo, the former Anita M. Giglia graduated from Bishop Newman High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College. She also received clinical research professional certification.

She was a clinical research coordinator at Roswell Park. As a senior member of the genitourinary clinical research team comprising medical oncologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and basic scientists, she became a mentor to others on the clinical research services staff.

Her career at the cancer institute spanned more than 30 years.

She was a recipient of the Award for Community Service from Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s department of nursing.

Mrs. Sandecki was involved in many community activities. She was an active member of Zonta International, an organization that supports the advancement of the status of women worldwide. She was past president of its Amherst chapter.

Active in fundraising and promoting scholarships locally and worldwide, she managed school supplies collections for the Futures Academy every year.

She was a volunteer for the International Institute of Buffalo, managing school supplies for newly immigrated children.

A volunteer for the Family Justice Center, she participated in activities to raise community awareness of domestic violence and the services available to them.

Her husband of 26 years, John C., died in February 2002.

Survivors include her fiance, Peter M. Sciolino; three sons, John, Mark and Adam; two sisters, Marian Guerin and Elaine Neuner; and a brother, Samuel Giglia.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered May 7 in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Amherst.