Ann Moore Obituary

Ann Grace Moore
Ann Grace Moore

December 5, 1952 - March 7, 2019
Born in Rochester, New York
Resided in Grand Island, New York
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Moore, Ann Grace (nee Oppedisano)
March 7, 2019, at the age of 66; beloved wife of 44 years to Richard F. Moore; dearest mother of Catherine (James) Tutko, Jennifer (Mark) Klassen and Mary (Jeffery) Hazel; devoted grandmother to Tatiana, Anastasia, Charlotte, Sophia, Madeleine and Benjamin; dear sister of Jane (Fran) McGory; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Ann began her career in 1975 as a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Niagara Falls, NY and then went on to be a Global Studies Teacher at Niagara Wheatfield High School until she retired in 2015. The family will be present Monday from 5-8:30 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Drive (corner Parker Blvd.). Family and friends are invited to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday at 10 AM in the University at Buffalo Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst, NY. Please assemble at church. If so desired, donations in Ann's memory may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Share condolences online at
Buffalo News Obituary Version
Dec. 5, 1953 - March 7, 2019

Ann Grace Oppedisano Moore, a retired teacher whose sunny personality earned her the nickname "Smiling Annie" even while she faced considerable health challenges, died Thursday, March 7, while under the care of Buffalo Hospice. She was 66.

Mrs. Moore grew up in Honeoye Falls, the daughter of Vincent and Antoinette Oppedisano. She worked at her father's shoe store, Oppedisano's Bootery, in high school.

She met her husband, Richard, during their senior year at Niagara University while taking a philosophy class that was considered an easy A. "She got a B and I got a C because we spent the whole class talking to each other," he recalled. They were married July 19, 1975.

Mrs. Moore began her career in 1975 teaching eighth grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Niagara Falls. She went on to teach global studies at Niagara Wheatfield High School where she stayed for more than 20 years.

A school newsletter article headlined "A Favorite Falcon retires" in 2015 included quotes from students, including one who said, "I won't forget Mrs. Moore's dedication. She never gave up on me." Known for her humor in the classroom, the article noted her "booming laughter." A senior recalled: "Even if she was yelling at me, she would laugh before the period was over." Another student wrote a tribute recalling her kindness: "She told me not to worry about being short - it doesn't define who you are. Mrs. Moore has always been my safety net. She always had my back. She is my 'school Mom.' "

Mrs. Moore was a fine cook, whether she was making chicken soup, homemade lasagna or pizzelle using recipes from her grandmother or canning her famous bread and butter pickles. The family moved from Niagara Falls to Grand Island in 1996.

An athlete in her early years, she played soccer in high school and coached youth soccer in the Niagara Pioneer Soccer League in the late 1980s. She and her husband enjoyed tennis, swimming and boating on the Niagara River and spending time with their three daughters and six grandchildren. She was a longtime member of the Grand Island Women's Book Club.

She maintained her sense of humor after twice undergoing brain cancer surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and amazed her family and friends with her perseverance and determination undergoing extensive therapy after suffering a stroke at 61.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Catherine Tutko of Clarence, Jennifer Klassen of Michigan and Mary Hazel of Grand Island; a sister, Jane McGory; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the University at Buffalo Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst.





Tonawanda Chapel
2600 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY US 14150
Monday, March 11, 2019
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Mass of Christian Burial
University at Buffalo Newman Center
495 Skinnersville Road
Amherst, NY 14228
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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*Hospice Buffalo, Inc.
225 Como Park Blvd.
Cheektowaga, NY 14227