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Oct. 2, 1926 – Jan. 28, 2014

Loraine Dauer, longtime television hostess for the Catholic Bible teaching ministry known as Comfort My People, died Tuesday in her West Seneca home under Hospice care for congestive heart failure. She was 87.

Born Loraine McCracken, a native and longtime resident of Buffalo, she studied at Buffalo State College during the late 1940s.

Mrs. Dauer hosted the Comfort My People Bible study program for 23 years. The program was recorded by the Daybreak Production Company in Buffalo and broadcast on ABC and cable networks.

From 1977 to 1985, under the direction of the late Rev. Linus Hennessy, Mrs. Dauer taught every Sunday Scripture studies for the Comfort My People youth group, numbering up to 50 youths in her West Seneca home. Countless youths from Western New York passed through her home during those studies.

Mrs. Dauer started her career with the Diocese of Buffalo in 1949 as the director of the Catholic Youth Council. She organized many activities for young adults and formed debate teams within the organization.

She was a parishioner of Queen of Heaven Parish since its inception in 1955. She taught religious education for confirmation classes for 12 years. She was a lector, organized Bible studies for the parish and was the leader of Queen of Heaven’s prayer group since 1978.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Robert F.; two sons, Robert J. and James; four daughters, Mary Christie, Elizabeth Dauer-Flett, Anna Wirth and Kathryn Black; and three sisters, Margaret Hotho, Janet Jarczyk and Eileen Ward.

Her brother, Robert McCracken, is deceased.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.