Erie County Democratic Headquarters in Ellicott Square was closed Friday morning in tribute to Rita Crangle, the wife of formerChairman Joseph F. Crangle, who died Sunday.
Leonard R. Lenihan, current chairman, said offices would be closed in observance of Mrs. Crangle's funeral at St. Mark Church in Buffalo and in tribute to her memory.
“Rita was a very kind and loving person, who was the rock and foundation behind Joe Crangle’s 23-year tenure as chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee," Lenihan said. "In a job that has its ups and downs, Rita provided stability and reassurances to not only Joe but to everyone who was involved with the party.”
Robert J. McCarthy