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Friday, August 29, 2014

Cynthia J. (Heal) James passed away August 28, 2014 under the care of her children with the support of Niagara Hospice.

Born in Lockport on December 4, 1936 she was the daughter of Leslie and Inez (Rosenthal) Heal. Cynthia first worked for the Lockport City School District at Roy B. Kelly Elementary School where she was a lunch monitor for eight years. She then went to work for Dr. Gordon Mittleman a Lockport podiatrist where she was a doctor assistant for 19 years until his retirement, and worked an addition 10 years until her retirement for Drs. Theodore and Michael Merletti.

Cynthia was a life member of Grace Episcopal Church, Lockport where she belonged to the Altar Guild, was co-chairman of the Grace Church Thrift Shop, served on the committee for the Arnold House, and was a delegate for the Episcopal Diocese of WNY Convention. She was also a member of the Golden Agers Club of Newfane and a former member of the UAW Retirees Travel Club. Cynthia was predeceased by her beloved husband whom she married June 23, 1956 in Grace Episcopal Church, William James, who passed away December 14, 2006.

Cynthia is survived by her loving children Jeffrey (Laurie) James of Toms River, NJ, Paula Pecoraro of Sarasota, FL, Kenneth (Jane) James of Lockport, and Todd (Deborah) James of Lisle, NY; cherished grandmother of ten:  Brittany James, Matthew James, Rachel James, Samuel Pecoraro III, Jillian Pecoraro, Jocelyn Pecoraro, Trevor James, Liam James, Ethan James and Avalon James;  sister of Charles (Judy) Heal, Joyce (Cono) Sammarco, Leah (Glenn) Foley, Virginia (Bill) Gregg all of Lockport, Janice (David) Wilson of Newfane, and the late Florence (Myron) Winegard; sister-in-law of Betty Rising (late Dana), Judith James (late Ralph), Veronica James (late Donald) and Connie Beccue (Karl); dear aunt of Rich and Anita Bloom, Grover City, CA; many nieces and nephews and a close friend Sam Pecoraro of Lockport.

Relatives and friends may call Tuesday, September 2nd from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 3rd at 10 AM in Grace Episcopal Church, 100 Genesee St., Lockport. Interment will be in Cold Springs Cemetery.



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