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Elizabeth Metzger, co-founder of West Seneca pub
Aug. 22, 1912 -- July 9, 2007

Elizabeth R. Metzger, co-founder of Metzger's Pub in West Seneca, died Monday in the hospice of Mercy Hospital. She was 95.

Born Elizabeth Wantuch and known as Liz, she attended school in Buffalo after moving from her hometown of Chester, Pa., in 1918.

While raising five children, Mrs. Metzger and her mother-in-law founded Metzger's Village Oak, now known as Metzger's Pub, in 1955. It was originally an ice-cream parlor before gaining a liquor license. She and her husband, Albert L., ran the business for 12 years before passing management to their son, Edward. The restaurant is still family owned and operated.

Mrs. Metzger enjoyed gardening, knitting and fishing for halibut in Alaska.

She played bugle in a drum corps that made an appearance at the New York World's Fair in 1939.

The Metzgers were married for 78 years. Her husband died in 2005.

In addition to her son, Edward, she is survived by three daughters, Rita Bauer, Dolores Williams and Joann McPhee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4928 Seneca St., West Seneca, after prayers in Hoy Funeral Home, 3855 Seneca, West Seneca.


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