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May 19, 1948 – Feb. 28, 2014

Barbara Jakiela, of East Aurora, a longtime Erie County social services employee, died Friday. She was 65.

Born Barbara Anguish in Buffalo, she graduated from Empire State College in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

She received supplemental training and certificates in basic personal computing, and drug- and alcohol-related issues.

She worked for the county for more than 35 years, starting as a clerk-typist in 1972.

In 1990, she became a senior social services team worker, supervising 20 other employees. And in 1995, she became a social welfare examiner, in which she successfully maintained a caseload of more than 200 clients.

From 2001 to 2005, Mrs. Jakiela worked as a senior social welfare examiner, with a specialized caseload of 100 clients with such challenging issues as drug and alcohol use, and mental health disorders. She retired in 2005.

She also was a volunteer at St. Valentine’s Church, where she directed bingo for 35 years.

Other volunteer work included the Ten Lives Club, a cat adoption group, for which she helped care for more than 40 feral cats.

Mrs. Jakiela enjoyed playing bingo, reading, and knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Morgan, Suzanne Victor and Patricia Tanyi; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Charity Parish, 65 Ridgewood Road.