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Dolores E. Eaton, 92, operated Jolly Jug Tavern Dec. 30, 1915 -- Oct. 1, 2008

Dolores E. "Dee" Eaton, who ran the Jolly Jug Tavern in the Town of Tonawanda with her family, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 92.

Born Dolores Martin in Buffalo, she attended School 68 and graduated from Bennett High School.

During World War II, she worked as a switchboard operator and security guard at Republic Steel. After the war, she managed Neismer's Beauty Salon, and then Oppenheim Salon, both on Main Street.

In 1966, she and her husband, Wendel L. "Wimp" Eaton, along with her son and daughter-in-law, opened the Jolly Jug Tavern on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Mrs. Eaton continued to run the bar after her husband passed away in 1987 after 41 years of marriage.

A devoted Buffalo Bills fan, Mrs. Eaton attended all four Bills Super Bowl games.

Surviving is her son, Eugene M.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.


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