Joan Eley Minkel, a bus driver for MacDonald Bus Service in Cowelsville for 10 years and former partner in the operation of the Outlander Restaurant in Java Center, died Saturday (Aug. 22, 1998) at her Route 78 home after a lengthy illness. She was 67.
She was born in North Java and delivered The Buffalo News in the Java area from 1965 to 1971. She was a partner for many years with her husband, Frank, in the operation of the restaurant.
Besides her husband of 47 years, survivors include four daughters, Elaine McIntyre of Phoenix, Nancy Herman of Varysburg, Marianne "Bobbi" Stemper of Strykersville and Donna Schofield; two sons, Douglas of Lutz, Fla., and Kenneth; three sisters, Helen Kirsch of West Seneca, and Rosemary George and Marge Miller, both of North Java; four brothers, Charles and Raymond Eley, both of North Java, James Eley of Troy and Bernard Eley; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A scripture service will be held at 8 p.m. today in W.S. Davis Funeral Home, 358 Main St., Arcade. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Route 78, Java Center. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.