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GAWRON, Patricia A. (Lester)

GAWRON - Patricia A. (nee Lester) Of Lancaster, NY, July 9, 2016, beloved wife of Peter; loving mother of Brenda (Ronnie) Rollins, Susie (Joe) Heist, Peter A. (Susan), Patrick (Danette), Timothy and Michael (Fran); daughter of the late George and late Eunice Lester; grandmother of Nicholas and Lillian Rollins, Wesley (Samantha), Joe Walker Heist, Bethany (Andrew) Potozniak, Andrew (Darylyn), Julia, Molly, Anthony, William and
Barry; great-grandmother of five. Family will receive relatives and friends at the WENDEL & LOECHER, INC.
FUNERNAL HOME, 27 Aurora St., Lancaster, Wednesday from 3-7 PM with services being held at the Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 5461 Broadway, Lancaster, Thursday morning at 10 AM. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross. Born and raised on Buffalo's west side, Pat attended Lafayette High School until the family moved to Lancaster. It was there that she met her soul mate and husband of 63 years, Pete. After high school graduation, she attended Buffalo State College from 1951-1953. Pete and Pat were married on July 25, 1953. They had six children and when the youngest was of school age, Pat returned to Buffalo State College to complete her BA. She earned her Master's Degree from Canisius College. She accepted a position teaching 8th Grade English at Aurora Middle School. After her 1991 retirement, they moved to Derby where they were able to help with Granny-care for several of their grandchildren. She was a voracious reader, and loved swimming and traveling. Pat and Pete were RVrs and traveled to all 48 continental United States plus Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. By plane and ship, they also traveled to England, Scotland, Poland, Germany (for Oktoberfest), Ireland and Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, Mexico and Canada. Family heritage was important to Patsy so she maintained relationships with her Canadian family and friends. She won numerous medals in the Golden Age Olympics for swimming. Pat loved and lived life to the fullest, making dear friends wherever she was, including in their winter-Texan home as well as in their extensive travels.

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