Margaret M. Chopan Mendell

SALAMANCA – Margaret M. Chopan Mendell, 87, of 145 West Ave., Salamanca, passed away Monday (Jan. 14, 2013), in the Absolut Center in Salamanca.

She was born July 30, 1925, in Kane, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Mary Tierpak Chopan. She attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Salamanca.

Mrs. Mendell was employed by Bush Industries in Little Valley, and in earlier years by the former Petri Bakery in Salamanca. She was a Communicant of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Salamanca, and enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, hunting, fishing and gardening.

She is survived by a son; Daniel (Peggy Balkema) Mendell of Randolph; three grandchildren: Maria Mendell and husband, Daniel Atillo, of San Diego, Heather Mendell of Randolph, and Erin Pickering and husband, Mike, of Reno, Nev.; two great-grandchildren: Moses and Enola Jubilee Pickering of Reno; two sisters: Helen Taylor of Pittsburgh, and Susan Hubbard of Red House, N.Y.

She was preceded by her parents; husband, Andrew R. Mendell, on April 6, 2012; three brothers: Paul, John and Stephen Chopin; and three sisters: Anna Van, Elizabeth “Betty” Hahn and Mary Lund.

Burial will be in the Crawford Cemetery in Salamanca. Funeral services and visitation will not be observed.

Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. Burial will be in Crawford Cemetery in Salamanca.

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Memorials may be sent to the Friends of the State Park, 2373 ASP Route 1, Suite 3, Salamanca, NY 14779.