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Florence B. Rettig, a retired service representative for a local utility and the publisher of the Southtowns Wood Carvers newsletter for seven years, died Monday (Oct. 27, 1997) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.

Miss Retting, 77, was born in Buffalo and lived most of her life in Orchard Park. She was a customer service representative for New York State Electric & Gas Corp. for more than 25 years. She retired in 1979.

After her retirement, Miss Rettig became a member of the Armor Senior Citizens and served two terms as president of the group. She was also a past secretary.

Miss Rettig was a competitive ballroom dancer, and an accomplished wood carver and worked in leather craft. Some of her carvings are on display in the Erie County Grange building at the Fairgrounds. She was a member of the Southtowns Wood Carvers Association for 18 years.

Miss Rettig was a longtime member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are three brothers, Edward of Leesburg, Fla., Alfred of Orchard Park and Frank of Blasdell, and a sister, Helen Gavlik of Tyngsboro, Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Bernadette's Church, Orchard Park, after prayers in F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, Orchard Park. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.

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