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May 15, 1929 – March 8, 2014

Gertrude M. “Kay” Sweeney, of Williamsville, a retired reading teacher, died Saturday in Clare Bridge of Williamsville, a residence for senior citizens. She was 84.

Born Gertrude Maher in Brooklyn, she was a graduate of the College of Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx. She met her husband, James. J., in Brooklyn, and they were married in 1954. In the 1950s, the Sweeneys moved to Buffalo, where he took a job with Graphic Controls Corp. Mr. Sweeney died in 2010.

After raising five children, Mrs. Sweeney returned to school to obtain her master’s degreee in education and began teaching at Bishop Timon Catholic High School. She specialized in teaching reading. She also taught in the Orchard Park School District and various other area public schools throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, when she retired.

Mrs. Sweeney served as a volunteer with several local organizations, including Meals on Wheels and at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She also was lector at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Williamsville, and she taught religious instructions at St. Benedict’s Parish in Eggertsville.

She is survived by five sons, James, Robert, Brian, Paul and Thomas; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.