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April 4, 1935 – Feb. 2, 2014

Jeanette R. Ciambella, of West Seneca, a retired Buffalo teacher, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 78.

Born Jeanette Reisch in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Kensington High School.

Interrupting her education to raise seven children, Mrs. Ciambella was encouraged by her mother, Ethel Reisch, to return to college. At the time, Mrs. Reisch was the oldest person to graduate from Buffalo State College’s education program.

Mrs. Ciambella graduated from Buffalo State with honors, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

An elementary school teacher for 22 years, she taught at School 45 and Campus West. She retired in 1997.

She ran unsuccessfully for the West Seneca Board of Education in 1994.

She was a member of Buffalo State’s chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a sorority for educators, and a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens Society.

She was an avid reader and world traveler. She and her husband visited more than 70 countries.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Peter; four sons, Cory, Perry, Daryl and Bart; three daughters, Shar Ciambella Donovan, Janine Newton and Ellen Snyder; a brother, William Reisch; a sister, Phyllis Petre; and 31 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.