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Ethel M. Ogden, age 91, of Newfane, NY, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Niagara Hospice House surrounded by her loving family. Born on December 28, 1925 in Lockport, NY, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Dorothy (Neumann) Bars.
A 1943 graduate of Lockport High School, Ethel was a homemaker until her children were school age. She worked at Bells IGA in Lockport for several years and then at Pettit's Appliance in Newfane, NY. In 1981, along with a friend, she opened the Country Collections store in Newfane until her retirement. Ethel loved to cook and spent years canning and freezing produce from their family garden. She was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed needlework, poetry writing and storytelling. Her love of flowers was obvious to anyone who visited her home. She was a kind and generous friend to many and volunteered for years at various organizations such as 4-H, Newfane Faith Lutheran Church, First Baptist church of Newfane, ICMH (Newfane Hospital), Niagara Nutrition Program, the Clothes Closet and the Food Pantry.
Ethel was married on January 18, 1946 to Russell A. Ogden who predeceased her in 1993. Their four children survive her, Kathleen (Darryl) May of Lockport, Clayton (Barbara) of Rochester, NY, Diane Heminway of Albion and Theresa (Scott) Brandt of Wheatfield; along with ten grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Ethel is also survived by brother, John Bars of Lockport; sister, Barbara (George) Daskavitz of Rochester, NY; sister-in-law, Gert Bars; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers, Richard and Clayton; sister, Evelyn Payne; and sisters-in-law, Rose Bars and Sharon Bars.
Consistent with her life-long grace and generosity, Ethel arranged for her anatomical gift to the University of Buffalo. A "Celebration of Life" memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, 6047 East Ave., Newfane, NY. Donations may be made to Niagara Hospice House, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY or the First Baptist Church, Newfane, NY.
Published on October 17, 2017
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