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SCHLOTTMANN, Dianne G. "Dee"
SCHLOTTMANN - Dianne G. "Dee" Age 76, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in N. Ft. Myers, FL, after a long illness. She is survived by her cherished spouse, Carol L. Fuller; a sister-in-law, June (Glen) Schlottman of Houston, TX; as well as her godchild Dawn Guetti ne;e Bodkin (Marty) and her family of Tonawanda, NY. Dee's parents, Gladys Schaeffer Schlottman and Norman John Schlottman, and her brother, Glen Norman Schlottman, predeceased her. Dee was born April 12, 1941 in Rochester, NY and grew up on Lake Ontario in Wolcott, NY, where she loved going out on Lake Ontario in her dad's twin engine Chris Craft wood hulled boat. After high school graduation, Dee worked at Eastman Kodak during the day and on her lunch hour waitressed, so she could attend college in Buffalo. Unfortunately, after one year at Buffalo State, Dee became ill and had to drop out. After her recovery, Dee worked as a teacher at St. Mary's School and retained her knowledge of sign language throughout her life. She eventually secured a position at Marine Midland Bank, which later became HSBC, and ended her 23 year career there as Vice-President of Commercial Accounts. Dee especially loved the training part of her job and valued the camaraderie and support of her colleagues Joe Dorabialo and Christine Peters. Dee was a very creative person and for a time supported herself doing leather work, making holsters, belts and purses. After retirement, Dee was involved with woodworking and wood burning as well. She always relished spending time at her beloved camp at Rainbow Lake with her friends- Fran and Kevin Walker; Bea and Norm Rouleau; Carol Hillier and Bev Curran. Dee also enjoyed playing golf and working on jigsaw puzzles. The couple lived in Tonawanda for many years, where Dee appreciated her good neighbors Gayle and Larry Brown; Claudia and Oscar Bizzell; Diane and Howard Tanner and Sandy Wardour. Later, they moved to N. Ft. Myers when Carol received a job transfer. Dee loved the new community they lived in and everyone knew her by her smile and friendly wave, as she drove her dog Cedar and more recently, Morgan, around in their golf cart. On August 14, 2013, Dee and Carol were married in a private garden on the west side of Buffalo. Being able to get legally married was something that neither one of them thought would happen in their lifetime. It was a wish come true. Dementia robbed Dee of her memory, yet she always recognized Carol. Despite barely being able to speak near the end of her life, Dee managed to tell Carol she loved her every time they were together. Dee remained a kind and sweet person until the day she died. The terrible grip of the dementia that held Dee captive is finally over. She is free and at peace. Please do something unexpectedly kind or nice today, in memory of Dee. There will be a celebration of Dee's life in the fall in N. Ft. Myers, FL.