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Sept. 27, 1913 – Jan. 11, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS – Mary L.E. Stempien, a retired bakery worker, died Saturday in her Niagara Falls home after a brief illness. She was 100.

Born Mary Giancarli in Oakfield, she moved to Niagara Falls in 1929 and attended Trott Vocational High School. She worked as a proofreader at Salesbook Co., then was an aircraft inspector at Bell Aircraft during World War II.

After the war, she worked in the planning office at Carborundum Corp.

After raising four children, she worked part time at DiCamillo Bakery for 19 years.

Mrs. Stempien was a 63-year member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and was a member of the Mothers Club, Altar and Rosary Society and Legion of Mary.

She served in the Mothers Club at Madonna High School and was a chaperone for the graduating class. She also was a talented seamstress and enjoyed reading.

Her husband of 50 years, Stephen A., died in 1997.

Survivors include two daughters, Marie and Nancy; a son, Stephen Jr.; a stepdaughter, Beverly Feldhousen; two sisters, Olga Masella and Florine Michaels-Smith; six grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent de Paul Parish at Prince of Peace Church, 1055 N. Military Road.