Isabell M. Wilder

Isabell M. Wilder

Isabell M. (Knight) Wild-er, 96, of Dunkirk died Monday evening (Dec. 23, 2013) at the Chautauqua County Home.

She was born in Ark-wright on Jan. 24, 1917, the daughter of the late Julius and Martha (Gullen) Knight.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband, the late Norman L. “Spec” Wilder.

Surviving are her three children, Georgia Wilder Burley of Fairview Park, Ohio, Patricia Richter (Victor) Vogt of Fayette-ville, North Carolina and N. Robert (Carol Mangus) Wilder of Palm Harbor, Florida. Eight cherished grandchildren, Michael (Suzanne Wojcik) Burley, Sylvia Burley (Joseph) Scherma, Stacy (Marie) Burley, Heather Burley (Alan) Koerner, Rhonda Richter Coe, Lance (Jennifer Sitarek) Richter, Megan and Nathan Wilder; and two stepgrandsons, Blake and Josh Mangus. Ten great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Miranda, Hannah and Jacob Burley; Haleigh Scherma, Jonathon and Krystal Coe, Thomas and Kassidy Richter, Kaine Koerner and great great grandson, Jayden Coe.

Preceded in death by three brothers, Leo, David and Richard Knight; and five sisters, Eleanor Young, Florence Knight, Lillian Hackett, Frances Sheehan and Mildred Rayner.

Also surviving are a sister, Esther Lender; sister-in-law Phyllis (Kulpa) Knight; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Isabell attended St. Mary’s School, was a past member of Dunkirk PTA and a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church.

She was formerly employed by Van Raalte and Val Mode as an examiner. She also worked at Buffalo Press and eventually retired from the Fredonia Seed Company, where she was employed as a checker.

Having grown up on a farm, over the years she enjoyed gardening, cooking and canning. Reading, card playing and travel were also favorite pastimes, as well as time spent with her family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Monday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Burial will be in Willowbrook Park Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.