|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1929|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 2012|
New York, USA
Audrey Fursback was born at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, New York. A baby of the Great Depression whose family has lived in Western New York for over one hundred fifty years, including a great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War as part of Wiedrich's Battery, a German-speaking regiment from Buffalo. Her family lived just off Humboldt Parkway near the Buffalo Museum of Science. She was the youngest of three children and had a big brother, Edward, named for his father, but everyone called him "Bob." There was a big sister, Ruth, who passed away at age twenty when Audrey was fourteen.
She attended Fosdick-Masten High School and had a strong interest in movies and show business, cutting out pictures of her favorite stars and keeping them in scrapbooks. After high school she took a job at Louis Morris Tobacconist. While working there she began dating Salvatore "Sam" Mirando, who worked in his family's grocery business. They were married in January 1950 and had the first of their five children, Deborah, in January 1951.
Audrey spent much of the next thirty years raising her family in her Cheektowaga home. There were three boys -Gary born in 1954, Gregg in 1958, and Christopher in 1963. The arrival of another girl, Monica, in 1968 completed the family. Audrey was a well-known individual in her beloved Airport Plaza and for over forty years rarely missed at least one visit a week. She was so occupied with the demands of family that she arrived at her fiftieth birthday and had never been farther than car trips to New England or her honeymoon in Evansville, Indiana.
As the demands of homemaking were falling away, she was confronted with every parent's worse nightmare--the death of a child. Monica died suddenly at age nineteen from heart failure. This tragedy, which was reminiscent of the death of her only sister all those years ago, led to major changes for Audrey. No longer happy with the life of a homemaker, she moved out of her home of over thirty years and into an apartment next to the Airport Plaza, where she would live for over fifteen years. She joined St. Luke's Lutheran Church and also worked at the church for over a dozen years.
The 1980s and 1990s were her time to make up for missed opportunities. She took her first trip in an airplane when she visited Los Angeles, California. This was followed by trips to Las Vegas, Texas, and two visits to Europe, where she was able to meet relatives in Germany that her family assisted during World War II. Spending time with her grandchildren--Rick, Liza, and Tyler--was a favorite pastime. Her love of live entertainment included many evenings spent at Shea's, Kleinhans, Melody Fair, The Shaw Festival, and Stratford. Her autograph book was always in her purse ready for another signature, including the time--while on vacation in Hollywood--when she encountered a street closed to traffic, and hopped over a barricade to approach Danny DeVito who was filming Throw Momma from the Train.
Audrey had to deal with a variety of health issues throughout her life, including her family's pre-disposition to cardiac problems, but she was able to overcome these concerns. The combination of deteriorating health and advancing age finally caught up with her and the move to assisted living occurred in 2005, followed by the transfer to nursing home care a few years later. A lifelong fan of dining out, she went out one last time for spaghetti and meatballs on April 21 to celebrate her eighty-third birthday. The story came full circle on June 1, 2012, when she passed away at Sisters of Charity Hospital hours after visits from her four surviving children.
Edward Herman Fursback (1893 - 1955)
Clara G. Baerwalt Fursback (1899 - 1961)
Salvatore Mirando (1923 - 1991)
Monica Helene Mirando (1968 - 1987)*
Ruth Clara Fursback (1920 - 1942)*
Edward Robert Fursback (1925 - 2008)*
Audrey Marie Fursback Mirando (1929 - 2012)
Mount Calvary Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Chris Mirando
Record added: Jun 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91151695