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April 30, 1928 – Jan. 31, 2014

Marjorie E. McMahon, of Buffalo, a former National Catholic School Educator of the Year, died Friday in Sisters Hospital. She was 85.

Born Marjorie Dehan in New Britain, Conn., she earned a degree from Central Connecticut State University. She then taught for a few years in Germany, where she met her future husband, before moving to this area and marrying in 1956.

Mrs. McMahon taught second grade at St. Rose of Lima School for about 27 years, retiring in 2000.

In 1987, she was among those named National Catholic School Educators of the Year. In 1996, she was one of five educators to receive a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award – from the Federation of Catholic School Parents – for longtime support of Catholic education.

She was an active parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where she was a member of the choir. She also was a member of Buffalo Choral Arts. Mrs. McMahon volunteered her time for many causes, most recently the Seton Guild and Sheehan Memorial Hospital.

In retirement, she enjoyed ushering for many local cultural institutions, including the Irish Classical and Kavinoky theaters, the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a member of Book of the Month and Young at Heart clubs.

Survivors include her husband, Edward J.; a daughter, Moira H. Allwine; four sons, Dr. Kevin D., Michael J., John P. and Timothy J.; a brother, retired Air Force Col. Edward T. Dehan; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Rose of Lima Church, Parker and Parkside avenues, North Buffalo.