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Jan. 7, 1911 – Dec. 18, 2013

Margaret M. Schirmann of Getzville, a retired teacher with strong ties to Blessed Trinity Parish, died last Wednesday in Beechwood Nursing Home, Getzville. She was 102.

Born Margaret Foisset in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bennett High School and Buffalo State College.

Her teaching career began at School 45. She then taught at Blessed Trinity Elementary School for 25 years before retiring in 1975.

Mrs. Schirmann had a long history with Blessed Trinity Parish. Her parents were founding members of the church, which was built in 1906 on a large parcel of farmland in Buffalo’s Fillmore-Leroy neighborhood that was owned by her maternal grandparents.

Until her death, Mrs. Schirmann, who graduated from Blessed Trinity in 1925, had been the oldest living graduate of the school.

She and her husband, Charles W., were married in Blessed Trinity Church in 1940 and sang in the church choir for 50 years. In 1989, they were honored by the parish at an Oktoberfest-themed retirement party.

Mr. and Mrs. Schirmann resided in the Foisset family homestead on Fillmore Avenue near Gesl Street until 1976, when they moved to Cheektowaga.

Mr. Schirmann died in 1990.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Stoddard and Julie Riffel; a son, Dr. Peter; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave.