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April 25, 1933 – Aug. 31, 2013

NIAGARA FALLS – Dolores E. Marino, a retired language teacher and president of the Niagara Falls Library board of trustees for many years, died Saturday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston. She was 80.

Born in Niagara Falls, Miss Marino attended 17th Street Elementary School and Gaskill Middle School and was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Chicago.

A teacher and resource director in the Niagara Falls schools, she taught Latin, Spanish and German at North Junior High School and Niagara Falls High School.

Unable to fulfill her desire to become a school librarian after earning her graduate library degree, she became a library volunteer in 1974 and helped raise more than half a million dollars in donations for the city’s public libraries on Main Street and Buffalo Avenue.

In addition to serving as library board president, she was president of the Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library and a board member of the three-county NIOGA Library System.

She also served as an officer in the Niagara Falls Teachers Retirees’ Association, the NYSUT Retired Teachers Association, the Niagara Women’s Club and the College Club.

Miss Marino was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, serving as a lector and a member of the parish financial committee. She also was a member of Power City Lodge, Italian Sons and Daughters of America, and the Niagara Falls Friends of Local History.

A prolific reader, she collected a wide variety of books. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, tapestry and woodworking.

Survivors include three brothers, Dr. John A.R., Louis D. Jr. and Richard J., and three sisters, Joanne Marino McGreevy, Lucia McGovern and Mary Jo Meli.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave.