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June 10, 1940 – Aug.20, 2014

Louise Elizabeth Metlak, of Kenmore, a retired special-education teacher for the Buffalo Public Schools, died Wednesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness. She was 74.

Born Louise Jodeit in Brooklyn, she moved to the Ken-Ton area with her family around 1945. She and her twin brother were one of seven sets of twins to graduate from Kenmore Senior High School in 1958.

She graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in special education.

Mrs. Metlak taught at Bennett Park Montessori for the majority of her more than 30 years in teaching.

Her family said she enjoyed working with special-needs children and watching them blossom.

She married Michael J. Metlak on July 18, 1964, and settled in Kenmore.

Mrs. Metlak was an active member of Lodge 1942, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, where she became one the first female exalted rulers of the lodge after the national organization allowed women to be full members.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Steven; a daughter, Laura Gore; her mother, Hazel; a brother, Robert; three sisters, Viola, Gertrude Martin and Christine; and five grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:45 a.m. in the chapel of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

There will be a memorial gathering at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Elks Lodge, 2806 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.