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April 8, 1927 – April 13, 2014

Lillian Ann Chameli, of Clarence, an active volunteer and Eucharistic minister, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. She was 87.

Born Lillian Ann Barone in Lackawanna, Mrs. Chameli was a graduate of Lackawanna High School.

At age 7, she was chosen for the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Afterward, she and another child were invited to an audience with Father Nelson Baker where they danced and received his blessing.

For 35 years Mrs. Chameli was a Eucharistic minister, visiting nursing homes and hospitals.

She taught religious education at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore for 10 years.

Mrs. Chameli worked as a secretary at Chameli Decorators, a family business in Amherst, founded by her husband.

Mrs. Chameli loved dancing, boating and traveling the world. Extremely patriotic, she was a major financial contributor to veterans causes.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Carlos R., the last of the three surviving brothers who founded the Hectors Hardware chain in 1954; two sons, Michael and Jeffrey; a daughter, Susan Altman; and a sister, Florence Shuskie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Maron Maronite Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Amherst.