Beatrice M. Diegelman, a homemaker, died Tuesday in her Kenmore home after a long illness. She was 86.
Born Beatrice Marie Schneller in Buffalo, she was a 1936 graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School. As a girl, she spent many summers at her grandmother's cottage in Crystal Beach, Ont., often going there on the Canadiana. She loved the big bands featured on the boat.
During World War II, she worked at Bell Aircraft Co.
She met her husband, Joseph, on a blind date, and they were married in 1946. He died last year.
She enjoyed canning fruit and vegetables and working in her garden. She was an avid reader and loved sewing and crocheting. She traveled with her family to Florida, the Thousand Islands and Pigeon Lake in Canada.
Surviving are a son, Mark A. of Hamburg; two daughters, Faye A. Monette of Lancaster and Paula S. of Kenmore; two stepsisters, Jane Axford of the Town of Tonawanda and Marie Kaiser of Riverhead; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore, after prayers at 8:45 in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.