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Charles S. Meyer, a retired Alden funeral director, died Saturday (Sept. 25, 1999) in Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster, after a lengthy illness. He was 90.

Born in East Aurora, he moved to the Alden area with his family as a child, attended Alden High School and worked on the family farm.

After taking a factory job in Buffalo in the 1930s, he became associated with Ray Funeral Home in Buffalo in the early 1940s but returned to help his father on the farm during World War II.

After the war, he became partners with Fred Frantz and formed the Frantz & Meyer Funeral Home in Alden. They also operated the Frantz & Meyer Furniture Store in Alden until 1958.

They purchased a second funeral home in Lancaster in 1958, then divided the operation in 1960. Meyer established the Charles Meyer Funeral Home Inc. in Alden and continued until he retired in 1974 and sold the business to his son, Charles J. of Alden.

Active in St. John's Catholic Church, he was a member of the Holy Name Society and chairman of the church's Catholic Charities appeal for many years. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Lancaster.

Meyer was treasurer of the Alden Kiwanis Club for many years and was a member of the Alden Chamber of Commerce. He led the fund drive for the Village of Alden's first ambulance.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Lancaster Country Club, Chestnut Hill Country Club and Attica Golf Club.

He and the former Gertrude Monat were married in 1936.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include four daughters, Margaret of Clarence, Catherine of Eugene, Ore., Marian Wenink of Rochester and Joan of Amherst; a sister, Martha Marshall of Orchard Park; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John's Church, Sandridge Road, Alden. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


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