Genevieve A. Griffith
Genevieve A. Griffith, age 93, of Wildwood Avenue, Salamanca, N.Y., passed away suddenly Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, shortly after arrival at Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y.
Born on Aug. 3, 1920, in Great Valley, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Carl and Agnes Chase Chamberlain. On March 12, 1938, in Great Valley, N.Y., she married James D. Griffith who predeceased her on April 28, 1981.
Gennie was a sweet and loving lady who always had a smile. Purchasing their home on Wildwood Avenue in 1946 for $2,000, she raised seven children there. Widowed for over 30 years, she stayed active in her children’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s lives until the end.
She loved to travel, eat out and see people. While her husband served in WWII, she helped with the war effort, both in Eldred, Pa., and at a munitions factory in Buffalo. She was a long active choir member, member of St. Ann’s Guild, and Treasurer for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. She was a member of Mizpah Order of the Eastern Star 162. She was an avid Jim Kelly fan. In 2006, she was Salamanca’s Silver Belle. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a Ward 3 Election Inspector, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Most of all, she treasured her family and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her children; Dona (Kenneth) Clark, Dothan, Alabama, Valerie Brundage, Salamanca, N.Y., Patricia Cragg (Ronald Simmons), East Rochester, N.Y., Honorable James K. Griffith (Cattaraugus County Clerk), Sa-lamanca, N.Y., Michael (Karen) Griffith, Olean, N.Y., Lynn (Brad) Harrington, Salamanca, N.Y., Daniel Griffith, Salamanca, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Kenneth Clark, Karen (Scott) Gleidt, Kay Mitchell, Kevin Clark, all of Dothan, Alabama, Steven (Sandi) Brundage, Susan (Darryn) Fiske, Shelley (Greg) Herrick, all of Salamanca, N.Y., Kelly (Michael) Witter, Newark, N.Y., Kristy Cragg (Fiance Adam Sokol), North Carolina, Amy Griffith (Fiance Brian Haynes), Lisa Griffith, all of Richmond, Va., Adam Griffith, Henrietta, N.Y., Evan and Brynn Harrington, both of Salamanca, N.Y.; eight great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Frank Chamberlain and Carlyle Chamber-lain; a sister, Dorothy Babcock; and two sons-in-law, James M. Brundage and George K. Cragg.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, New York.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 99 Wildwood Ave., Salamanca, N.Y., with the Rev. Michael Lonto officiating.
Burial in Wildwood Cemetery, Salamanca, N.Y.
The family suggests memorials to the Western New York Chapter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1775 Wehorle Drive, Suite 150, Williamsville, NY 14221.