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Sept. 11, 1933 – April 25, 2014

Carol Ann Waple, a longtime North Buffalo resident and former Bethlehem Steel employee who introduced the sport of skiing to countless children – including her three daughters – after it led her to her husband, died Friday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. She was 80.

Born Carol Ann Sterbian in Cheektowaga, she was a graduate of East High School in Buffalo. She went to work at Bethlehem Steel in the 1950s.

In the early 1960s, she was one of the founding members of the Lederhosen Ski Club at Holiday Valley, where she met her future husband, John R. Waple.

They settled in North Buffalo, where Mrs. Waple was active in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and its elementary school while her three daughters were students there. She later was active in the Parents’ Guild at Holy Angels Academy while her daughters attended school there. She also organized a ski club for neighborhood children so that she could pass on her love of the sport to younger people.

She led a Camp Fire Girls troop during the same period.

Mrs. Waple was a more-than-30-year summer resident at Sugar Loaf Farm in Port Colborne, Ont., where she and her husband hosted countless gatherings for family and friends. Her family said she always enjoyed being surrounded by her loved ones, including her five grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, and that she fostered in them a “family-first spirit and mentality.”

Her husband of 47 years died in 2011.

Mrs. Waple is survived by three daughters, Kerry Waple, Mary Katherine “Katie” Andriatch and Jennifer Anne Noga.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Rose of Lima Church, 600 Parker Ave.