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JEAN ANN METZGER, TELEPHONE OPERATOR

Jean Ann Metzger of Snyder, a retired chief telephone operator at General Motors' River Road plant in the Town of Tonawanda, died Thursday (June 14, 2001) in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. She was 75.

She was a 19-year employee of General Motors at her retirement in 1982. She had also worked for the Curtiss-Wright Corp. and with her father, the late Edward P. Sr., at his Metzger's Last Stop tavern at the corner of Bailey and Highgate avenues.

"I don't know of any one person on this Earth who was a nicer, fairer, better or more honest friend than my sister," said Ms. Metzger's brother, Edward P. Jr. "She was a most remarkable lady."

Born in Lackawanna, Ms. Metzger was a 1943 graduate of South Park High School.

Her father purchased a delicatessen and soda bar at Bailey and Highgate in 1947, converting the business to a tavern in the 1950s.

"Jean was his assistant manager," Metzger Jr. said. "She had a good business head and was a wonderful daughter."

Ms. Metzger joined GM in 1963, working as a clerk as well as switchboard operator at the River Road plant over the years.

She is also survived by a sister, Shirley M. Tillman of Buffalo.

Prayers today in Sauer-Lynette-Amigone Funeral Home, Cheektowaga, preceded a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, Cheektowaga.

Burial was in United German & French Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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