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FEB. 14, 1939 -- MARCH 30, 2005

A Memorial Mass for Lynn Atwill Potts of Eggertsville, a former skiing and tennis instructor who was known for being a gracious hostess, will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Louis Catholic Church, Main and Edward streets.

Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Born Lynn Louise Atwill in Buffalo, Mrs. Potts died unexpectedly Wednesday in a condo residence while on vacation with her husband in Siesta Key, Fla. She was 66.

She was the daughter of the late Louise Weigel Atwill, who skated in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, and the granddaughter of the late William W. Weigel, founder of the old Iroquois Brewery.

Although her mother encouraged her to skate, she preferred downhill skiing, according to friends, and became an avid skier.

She attended Buffalo Seminary and was a graduate of Knox School and Mount Ida College, Newton, Mass.

Prior to her marriage, she was employed by the Wm. Hengerer Co. department store chain and at the Ski Rack in Williamsville.

A familiar figure on the slopes of Holiday Valley, she was a member of the Ellicottville Ski Club for 45 years and was one of the organizers of the Upper Road parties held on Saturday nights at the ski club.

Mrs. Potts also taught skiing at Kissing Bridge and tennis in the summer at the family residence in Point Abino, Ont.

Mrs. Potts also was a founder of "Potts Tots" summer camp at Point Abino. She and her husband, Gerald K., maintained residences at Point Abino and Ellicottville, as well as in Eggertsville.

In later years, Mrs. Potts enjoyed riding her bicycle between the Point Abino Lighthouse and the Buffalo Canoe Club. She also was involved in activities at the Buffalo Club.

Mrs. Potts collected charm bracelets when she was young and later had the charms made into a necklace, which she called "the collection of my life." She would see friends at social events and, together, would look at the charms as they recalled events they had shared years earlier.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Melinda P. Quigg of Montrose, Pa., Christen P. Weaver of Tiverton, R.I., and Carolyn P. Sullivan of Buffalo; two sisters, Donna A. Pottle of Vero Beach, Fla., and Point Abino and Elaine Ferguson of Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.; and five grandchildren.


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