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Sept. 5, 1936 – June 13, 2014

Dianne M. Kerins of Cheektowaga, a retired secretary and longtime choir singer, died Friday in Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga. She was 77.

The former Dianne M. Killgrin was born in Watertown. She graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy in 1954. From 1954 to 1959, she was employed as a City Court stenographer in Watertown. Mrs. Kerins worked for 26 years as a civil service secretary at Erie County Medical Center until her retirement in 1998.

She attended Erie Community College North Campus and Medaille College. A choir singer for over 65 years, she served terms as both president and vice president of the 14 Holy Helpers Choir. She organized many choir picnics and sang at weddings and funerals for many years. Mrs. Kerins served as an usher at Kleinhans Music Hall, Shea’s and Studio Arena.

Her former husband of 57 years, Paul J. Kerins, died in 2003.

She is survived by her son, Kevin; daughter, Kathleen Pratt; three sisters, Denise Collins, Noreen Hook and Jill Guiterrez; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in 14 Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1339 Indian Church Road, West Seneca.