Marie I. Riley

Died: Wed., May 12, 2010

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Marie I. Riley, of Lewiston, NY, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Our Lady of Peace.

She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on August 8, 1925 and was the daughter of the George W. and Iris [Sandell] Riley. Marie graduated from St. Mary's High School, which is currently known as Niagara Catholic. She received her B.S. degree from SUC @ Cortland, her masters from the State University of Iowa, and her doctorate from Florida State University. Marie began her teaching career at Cortland. In 1963 she began teaching undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and retired in 1988. Among her many professional leadership roles, she is best remembered for her service to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and as President from 1980-1981. Throughout her career Marie advocated for girls and women's sport beginning her career on the Central New York Board of Women Officials, then serving on the Deep South Field Hockey Association Selection Committee, coaching the women's field hockey team at UNCG and chairing the National Youth Sports Coalition, sponsored by NASPE. Her many publications, professional presentations, workshops, and consultations focused on helping children become thoughtful and skillful movers. In her latter career, she worked tirelessly for the improvement of youth sport (boys/girls) and was a major influence in the direction NASPE took to address these issues. Marie was a popular speaker and workshop leader who could make you laugh and think at the same time.

Upon Marie's retirement, she relocated to her home town and became involved in the Wednesday and Friday AM Golf Leagues at Hyde Park. She also was an active volunteer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Auxiliary and was a member of the Alter and Rosary Society at St. Mary's Church.

She was the sister of the late Lenore Scherer and Edward G. Riley.

Marie is survived by a brother in law Edward "Ted" Scherer of Lewiston, a sister in law Dawn Riley of Syracuse, NY and was a wonderful inspiration, educator, and mentor to her nieces and nephews Edward (Mary) Scherer of Coconut Creek, FL, Marie (Rus) Krause of Lewiston, NY, Tom (Anne) Scherer of Pittsford, NY, James Riley "JR" (Katie) Scherer of Encinitas, CA, Rick (Cheryl) Scherer of Lancaster, NY, Cindy (Tony) Catanio and Debra ( Don) Murphy, both of Brigantine, NJ, and Robert (Patti) Riley of Syracuse, NY. Aunt Marie's unending support and guidance influenced the direction these nieces, nephews and her 20 great-nieces and great- nephews took to become more involved in higher education and sports. She was a very loved, special and precious aunt.

The family will be present at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, Cayuga and South Ninth Streets, LEWISTON, NY on Sunday from 6-8 PM.Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 10:00 AM at St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, with the Rev. Michael H. Burzynski officiating. Interment will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.

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Shirley Ferguson
We mourn with Marie's family but are so glad she was part of our lives for the past 45 years! What a joy she was to have as our class advisor. Physical Education Majors Class of 1969 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Shirley "Fitzpatrick" Muraca
My sympathy to the family of Marie Riley. I became very fond of Marie through my father Jim Fitzpatrick. He would share stories of his friendship with Marie and others while attending St. Mary's High School. His memories of Marie were very warm. His recollections of their high school times with mutual friends always included Marie as a main contributor to the warmth they all shared. My thoughts and prayers are with all her love ones.

Edward Scherer
Last November, when Tiger Woods was beaten with his golf club by his wife, Aunt Marie noted, "That girl has a good swing, she ought to take it up. Such a comment was typical our Aunt with her quick wit. With humor was sometimes dry, you had to listen for it. When you did, laughter and memories were usually brought to the occasion. She loved hot dogs and homemade ice cream from Yum-Yums in Greensboro. This is a restaurant that was down home and uncomplicated, much the way our Aunt ran her life. Those that were close know about the greeting cards for Birthdays and St. Patrick’s Day. Twenty-Dollars was enclosed in a card for my 21st Birthday. The next year, One Dollar was enclosed with the standard comment, “and one makes Twenty-Two”. When I got the card, I usually would call or comment the next time we had the opportunity to visit that she was short Twenty-One...Twenty-Two and so on… It was a nice tradition that was continued until recently. I guess Marie had a good excuse for not sending the card this year; She died on my birthday. These are, but just a few thoughts that I have about my Aunt. We will miss her, and I take comfort in the fact that she made a good deposit on the grand plan. I hope she met St. Peter at the Gate a half hour before the Devil knew she was dead.

jeanne dean
marie was a lifelong friend from st. mary's class of 1943. jeanne and marie were inseparable . condolences to the family. jeanne and bob.

Peg Bodie
Dr. Riley was a fine instructor of mine at UNC-G from 1972-74 and I value the time I had to learn from her. I am now an LPGA professional and I know she would be so proud!!! She was a treasure and will be missed. My sincere apologies to her family.

Linda Warren
Dr. Riley probably was not aware of the impact she had on so many of us she taught and coached on the field hockey teams at UNC-G. I will always remember her patience and encouragement. SHE MADE A DIFFERENCE. Class of 1970

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