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Luanne Vogel Shevlin - class of 1974December 22, 2014 by Monica Fusco Ramanathan (Register to contact)
SHEVLIN - Luanne E. (nee Vogel) December 4, 2014, of Grand Island, wife of Joseph Shevlin; mother of Lindsay (Brian) Shevlin; daughter of Emily and the late Robert Vogel; twin sister of Elaine Leaderstorf; sister of Ribert Vogel; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday 3-7 PM followed by Memorial Services at 7 PM at the KAISER FUNERAL HOME, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Joan DroitNovember 26, 2013 by Monica Fusco Ramanathan (Register to contact)
Taken from the Oct. 11 Dispatch
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:25 pm
Joan A. Droit had a lifetime commitment to children and young adults. For 40 years she was a Grand Island teacher, beginning at the elementary level, and retiring from the high school, where she taught English, humanities and social studies and was always active in school activities.
She also taught for two summers in Niagara Falls and worked for two years as part of the UAW/GM Quality Education Program at Powertrain. As part of the Western New York Writers program at Canisius College she taught in the summer Young Writers Camp program.
Her love of reading and literature continued as she led a weekly Book Discussion Group at the Golden Age Center. She was on the executive board of the Miracle League of GI/WNY, a director of the Peace Education Fund, a member of Zonta, and a member and past president of the Grand Island Historical Society. For many years she was an assistant to Lee Tetkowski in the Kids Voting program. Additionally, she was trained as a BBB consumer advocate.
She was a current member of the Grand Island Board of Education, elected twice, after having attended meetings for two years seeking information about the schools. She brought a civility and a strong educational background to board meetings that made for a positive contribution.
"Joan will be missed," said school board President Tak Nobumoto. "She had a huge impact on the board and on this district. Children were always her first interest. No matter where she went, she commanded respect, both at board meetings and within the schools. We benefited from her wisdom."
He added, "She may not have had a personal family, but she had a huge family here on the Island. She was a leading force for civility and courteousness and cooperation among board members." He noted that even though she had retired, she was often seen at school events: athletic, cultural, musical.
Joan Droit felt that Grand Island students responded well to the district's high academic standards and were performing beautifully, particularly in the areas of the arts and athletics. She always was eager to raise standards for all students and to find opportunities for them to participate in internships and service events.
A graduate of Buffalo State College, where she earned her bachelor of science and master's degrees, she completed additional graduate work at the University of Buffalo, Canisius College and Niagara University.
Remembering Our Friend , Helga SteinleinSeptember 27, 2013 by Monica Fusco Ramanathan (Register to contact)
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August 30, 2013
NIAGARA FALLS — Helga Oliphant passed away on August 28, 2013. She was born to Hank and Anne Steinlein in Amsterdam, Holland in 1956. She had four siblings, Paul, Peter, Linda and Andrew.
Helga graduated from Grand Island High School in 1974. In 1975 she married Richard Oliphant, whom she was married to for 38 years.
Loving mother of Eric, Bryan and Jennifer. Dearest grandmother of Ronin and Ellori. She was known in the community as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and loved every member of the congregation very deeply. Her kind and compassionate personality will be remembered by all.
Memorial services will be held at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 7375 Nash Road, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, on Sunday, September 1st, at 6:00 PM.
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