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Jan. 31, 1929 – March 17, 2014

Virginia Bristol, of Orchard Park, died Monday at home after a long illness. She was 85.

Born Virginia Ostendorf in Buffalo, she graduated from Buffalo Seminary in 1946 and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in education from Mount Holyoke College in 1950.

She was an elementary school teacher at Elmwood Franklin School from 1950 to 1951 and Orchard Park Central schools from 1951 to 1952. She also worked as a substitute teacher from 1963 to 1968 at Orchard Park Central.

After raising her family, she became a real estate broker from 1972 to 1980.

Mrs. Bristol was an elder at Presbyterian Church of Franklinville and active at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

She was a member of the National Ski Patrol and Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter H.

She also served on the board of directors at Bristol Home.

A volunteer for several community groups, including Junior League and the Orchard Park school system, she served also as captain for the United Way.

She enjoyed tennis, skiing, reading and playing bridge.

Mrs. Bristol was the office manager for her late husband’s successful Orchard Park mayoral campaign.

She was married for 55 years to Fred A. Jr., mayor of Orchard Park from 1973 to 1976. He died June 6, 2006.

Survivors include two sons, Fred III and William; a daughter, Mary Dimock; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 6595 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park.