Her many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never ceased to be amazed by Elizabeth A. Oberlander.
Mrs. Oberlander, whose life was characterized by hard work and caring for others, died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) in Medina Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was 86.
"She was an incredible woman. She had a broken marriage, and she was left to raise 10 children on her own," said Nancy Flaig of Kenmore, Mrs. Oberlander's daughter. "She always refused to apply for any kind of welfare. And after my sister died, she raised her four kids."
Born and educated in Corfu, the former Elizabeth Wleklinski worked on a farm and for more than 20 years at the Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant in Cheektowaga. She retired in 1974.
An avid reader, Mrs. Oberlander enjoyed crocheting afghans for her loved ones, a hobby she continued well into her 80s.
Besides her daughter Nancy, Mrs. Oberlander is survived by two other daughters, Rita Poodry and Irene Penepent, both of Basom; four sons, Charles and Russell, both of Spokane, Wash., Thomas of Nashville, Tenn., and Paul of East Pembroke; 25 grandchildren; and 50 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, East Pembroke. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke.