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March 9, 1934 – May 10, 2014

Dolores M. Aris of Buffalo’s West Side, a community activist, died May 10 after a long battle with cancer. She was 80.

Born Dolores M. Rinaldo in Buffalo, she attended School 3 and graduated with honors from Erie Community College. She studied business administration at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

A founding member for the Community Action Organization, she was a social worker from 1968 to 1977.

Besides raising six children on her own, she found time to be involved in many community activities and projects.

In 1976, Mrs. Aris was instrumental in establishing the Father Belle Community Center on Maryland Street, a nonprofit community center offering educational, social and community building services for children, youth, senior citizens and families living in Western New York.

She wrote the proposals and drafts needed for the grants to fund the center project. She also formatted the clinics for the care of children at the center.

A organizer, Mrs. Aris was also involved in local schools and community centers throughout the years.

She was involved in many initiatives and programs for the Boys and Girls Club on the West Side.

Known for her “hands-on” clinical experience, she would often open her home to clients in need. Involved politically to improve the community, she sponsored neighborhood meetings, implemented changes in programs and solicited help by canvassing the community.

An avid hunter, she also enjoyed gardening, camping and hiking. She was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Survivors include four sons, Charles, Thomas, Michael and Paul; two daughters, Karen Bristol and Rosemarie Touvannas; a sister, Laura MaryJo Rinaldo; and 14 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Angels Catholic Church, 348 Porter Ave.