Saturday, January 29, 2011

Edna W. Lehman

Wellsville, NY - Edna W. Lehman, 83, of 27 Clark Street died on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a brief illness. She was born March 11, 1927 in Wellsville the daughter of the late William F. and Louise (Zeh) Brandes. On September 8, 1951 in Wellsville she married George E. Lehman who predeceased her on February 14, 1999.

Edna was a 1944 graduate of Wellsville High School and was first employed in the medical office of Dr. E. F. Comstock and Dr. Irwin Felsen, before joining the staff at Jones Memorial Hospital as an Admitting Clerk, where she continued until her retirement on September 1, 1984.

Edna was an active member of First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellsville, where she served as Secretary of the Memorial Committee, Treasurer of the Day Care and was a member of the Dorcas Guild, Ladies Aid and Senior Citizens. She was also Chairman of the Altar Guild for many years, and she and her husband were long time advisors for the Youth Group. She volunteered at the David A. Howe Public Library, Home Care & Hospice and was a Life Member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

Edna and George enjoyed traveling, especially their trip to Alaska. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, latch work and sitting on her back deck with friends, looking over her rose gardens.

She is survived by a sister, C. June Helmer of Wellsville, a brother, Kenneth Brandes of Hamburg, a nephew, David W. Helmer Sr., a great-nephew, David "DJ" Helmer Jr., two great-nieces, Nikki Helmer and Allison Culbertson and several cousins. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Gilbert Helmer in 1999 and a sister-in-law, Barbara Brandes in 2004.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 490 N. Main Street in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 11:00 am Tuesday in Church with Rev. Larry Gerdes presiding. The congregation will be invited to a luncheon in the fellowship hall following the service. Burial will be Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville at a later date. Memorial donations are suggested to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit

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