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Erika Daley, former owner of Ulrich’s Tavern

Jan. 20, 1931 - Sept. 11, 2014

Erika Daley, 83, former owner of Ulrich’s Tavern, died Sept. 11 in Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, after a brief illness. She was living with her daughter, who was caring for her.

Born in Augsburg, Germany, the former Erika Welzmueller was an identical twin. She obtained her formal education in Germany, where she attended Maria Stern Mittel-Schule und Gymnasium in Augsburg.

In 1952, she was employed at the U.S. Army Signal Supply Office in Augsburg as a German civilian, where she met “Jimmy” Daley of Buffalo, who was stationed there. They married on Oct. 24, 1953, in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Known for her commitment to family, she and her husband bought and managed Ulrich’s Tavern in 1954. She worked and served customers – from world-renowned dignitaries to the indigent – with the same respect and generosity offered to all she encountered. The couple operated the historic bar and restaurant tavern at 674 Ellicott St. until 2000. Their son operated the business until 2013.

Her husband of 49 years, James F. Sr., died in 2002.

Survivors include her son, James Jr.; a daughter, Maria Middlestate; her twin, Charlotte “Lotte” Geissler-Schafer; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday in St. Jude’s Chapel, 760 Ellicott St., followed by a celebration of life from 4 to 6 p.m. in Rohall’s Corner, 540 Amherst St.

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