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Aug. 18, 1949 – May 29, 2014

Sharon A. Wittcop, an adjunct professor at local colleges, died Thursday in her Buffalo home after a year’s illness. She was 64.

Born in Buffalo, the former Sharon Ales was a 1967 graduate of Tonawanda High School and earned her bachelor’s degree at Buffalo State College. She was studying in a doctoral program at the University at Buffalo.

Mrs. Wittcop was an adjunct professor at Daemen College, where she taught philosophy for the past 15 years. She also taught at UB, D’Youville College and Medaille College.

In the early 2000s, she and her husband founded and operated the Buffalo Resettlement Project, which for several years helped refugees from Russia, Bosnia, Sudan, Liberia, Nigeria and Rwanda furnish their first homes in Buffalo.

She was a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and previously was a eucharistic minister at Annunciation Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert W.; a daughter, Danielle Imperi; a stepdaughter, Alexandra; four sons, Joseph Imperi, Douglas Imperi, Zachary Imperi and Albert Imperi; a stepson, Aaron; a brother, Michael Ales; and 13 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.