Sept. 20, 1929 – Feb. 20, 2017
Ellen E. Furmanek, a bridal shop owner, died Monday in her Williamsville home after an illness. She was 87.
Born in Buffalo, the former Ellen Larsen was a graduate of East High School and studied dressmaking at the Vareska School of Design in Buffalo.
Mrs. Furmanek founded the Bridal Chateau in her home in 1975 after her husband, Arthur, suffered a heart attack and was no longer able to run the family’s meat market, which had been located in the Broadway Market and in Depew.
Within a few years, the bridal shop moved to its current location on Wehrle Drive in Amherst.
Her daughter, Debbie Daruszka, became head seamstress and granddaughter Beth Clark is one of the fashion buyers.
Mrs. Furmanek donated prom dresses to girls who could not afford them and made baby clothes and receiving blankets. She retired several years ago.
Active in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Depew, now St. Martha Parish, she was a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Ladies of Charity and a lawn fete volunteer.
In addition to her husband of 65 years and daughter, survivors include a son, Daniel; a sister, Gloria Moody; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Martha Parish, 10 French Road, Depew.