Inez R. Sweet, known as the "Strawberry Lady" to many Lancaster-area residents because she sold berries at a busy intersection for many years, died Easter Sunday in Sisters Hospital after apparently suffering a heart attack. She was 76.
Born Inez Calkins in Buffalo, she graduated from St. Mary's High School.
Mrs. Sweet worked during the spring and early summer at the Catalano Farms strawberry stand at the corner of Broadway and Swartz Road for about 20 years.
"She wore strawberry hats, strawberry aprons, strawberry socks," said her daughter Kathleen Sweet Hartman of Clarence.
Mrs. Sweet was a longtime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John and the Lancaster Home Bureau Federation of New York.
In addition to her daughter Kathleen, surviving are her husband of 55 years, A. John; four other daughters, Susan Senecal of Patchin, Patricia Young and Joanne Frysz, both of Lancaster, and Laura Haislip of Riverdale, Md.; a son, John L. of Lancaster; three sisters Valeria Converse, Ottilia Eberle and Elaine Reimer, all of Lancaster; and 13 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Lancaster. Burial was in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.