April 26, 1931 - March 29, 2017
Anne P. Sarles, 85, of East Amherst, who founded Orville's Appliances in 1965 with her husband, died Wednesday at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a brief illness.
The former Anne Patricia Aitchison was born in Hamilton, Ont. and moved to the United States as a teenager.
She met and married Orville O. Sarles shortly after moving to the U.S.
Together, the couple founded Orville's Appliances on West Ferry Street in Buffalo in 1965.
Mrs. Sarles managed the company's finances until her retirement in 1988 and also served as a mentor to Orville's employees.
Although the business relocated numerous times throughout the Buffalo area over the years, it retains a strong presence in the area with six locations in and around Buffalo and Rochester under the management of the couple's son, David.
"Anne was known for her sharp mind, her generosity to everyone she met, and her absolute determination and will," according to a statement by the family.
Mrs. Sarles was fond of caring for her family as well as cooking, knitting and "being the best grandmother in the world," family members said.
Mrs. Sarles was known for her compassion and was "famous for adopting people into the family," her family stated.
Some of those people came from the Beechwood Retirement Home, where Mr. Sarles lived for his last few years.
Others included children from the family's neighborhood who called Mrs. Sarles "Granny Annie" and among mall walkers at Eastern Hills.
Mrs. Sarles walked three miles every day at Eastern Hills.
The Sarles' were married for 58 years before Mr. Sarles' death in September 2008.
She is survived by her son, David; three daughters, Janne Breindel, Dorien Sarles and Cheryl Sarles Franz; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Roberta "Bertie" Aitchison and Mary Ellen Armstrong.
Family tributes to Mrs. Sarles will be delivered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday during a memorial visitation at Audubon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 281 Dodge Road.