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Michelle A. McNamara-Dardes, 50, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on August 14, 2017, surrounded by her loving family in the arms of her beloved husband at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY, following a 20-month battle with cancer. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she is the daughter of Michael and Ginny (Lapp) McNamara.
Michelle graduated from Trott Vocational High School in 1984, where she earned her LPN. After high school, she attended Niagara County Community College where she became a registered nurse, and then graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She was employed as a registered nurse in the Mental Health Department at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for 30 years. Michelle enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephew and her cats Gilbert and Spooky.
In addition, she loved vacationing to Newport, Rhode Island and Florida with her husband, and liked celebrating the holiday seasons with family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Michelle is survived by her husband, Mark H. Dardes; two sisters, Kristen K. (Joseph) Schuey and Erin (Rob Gazy) Serafini; four nieces, Brienne Serafini, Michaela Serafini, Tessa Schuey, Natalie Schuey; and one nephew, Joseph Gazy. In addition, she is also survived by her aunt, Roni (Adam) Howell; her father-in-law, Mario Dardes; and several other aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Sina Dardes; and brother-in-law, Thomas Dardes.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3-8 PM at the M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will be held on Friday, August 18th at 10:30 AM. Interment in St Joseph's Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online guest register.
Published on August 15, 2017
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