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Sheldon N. Lavner, businessman, enjoyed outdoors; Aug. 15, 1930 -- Dec. 5, 2011

Sheldon N. Lavner, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., a businessman and former Buffalo-area resident, died Dec. 5 at his home after a brief illness. He was 81.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Lavner lived in Clarence and Ellicottville. He had a hunting lodge in Scio.

He attended the University of Buffalo and served in the Coast Guard Reserve in 1954.

He was co-owner and operator of Electric City Paper Mill in North Tonawanda and in the early 1970s became plant manager of Buffalo Batt and Felt Co., where he worked until his retirement.

After his retirement, he moved to Ellicottville to ski and golf, and in later years, he moved to Rancho Mirage to enjoy the warmth, mountains and palm trees.

An avid sportsman his entire life, Mr. Lavner enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Cynthia Berger; three sons, Jeffrey, Mark and Kenneth; and a daughter, Halli.