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Oct. 22, 1925 – Nov. 26, 2013

Mary C. Zaehringer, active in civic groups for more than four decades, died Nov. 26 in ElderWood Health Care at Oakwood, Amherst. She was 88.

Born Mary Patricia Carroll in Brooklyn, she was a graduate of the Brooklyn Friends School and the Katharine Gibbs School.

Before she married and came to the Town of Tonawanda in 1950, she worked at Young & Rubicam advertising agency in New York City.

Mrs. Zaehringer became a Town of Tonawanda Democratic committeewoman in the early 1960s and was a founding member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Women’s Democratic Club.

She and her husband, Harold F., a prominent Buffalo attorney and a Democratic committeeman, were honored by the town Democratic Committee as Citizens of the Year in 1977.

She stepped away from political activity after she joined the League of Women Voters, where she served as chapter president and a convention delegate.

As a spokeswoman for the league, she often appeared on radio and television. She was honored with the Leaguer of the Year award in 1997.

She also was a trustee and executive board member of the Niagara Frontier Housing Development Corp., a board member of the Housing Assistance Council and Erie 1 BOCES, a legislative committee member of the Children’s Aid Society and a member of citizens advisory committees for the Kenmore-Tonawanda schools.

Her husband died in 2001.

Survivors include two sons, John F. and William H.; two daughters, Ellen C. and Susan O. Bednarek and Ellen C.; and a sister, Frieda M. Mumford.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St.