Lena was a buyer and sales associate for Ludemann’s Department Store in Silver Creek until her retirement in 1972. She then moved to Wellsville and was an active member of the Wellsville Senior Citizens, St. John’s Episcopal Church and St. Anne’s Guild.
She is survived by two daughters, Julia (Eugene) Mohart of Silver Creek and Arline “Penny” (Kenneth) Canfield of Wellsville, two sisters, Katherine Pizzolanti of Derby and Janet (Horace) Saletta of Fredonia, three grandchildren, Sheila (Rob) Steinorth of Hilton, Karen (David) Maskens of Fairport and David Paul Canfield of Buffalo, two great grandsons, Brandon (Christina) Steinorth and Jack Maskens, one great-great grandson, Noah and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband by three brothers, Joseph, Horace and Charles Vara.
Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday June 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Sheridan Cemetery, Center Road in Sheridan, NY with Rev. Gerald Cooper presiding. Memorial suggestions include St. John’s Episcopal Church, 12 E. Genesee Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or The David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. Arrangements are under the direction of the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville.