Mildred F. Zehr, 102, of Lowville

Mildred F. Zehr, 102, of Lowville

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LOWVILLE - Mildred F. Zehr, 102, of Shady Avenue, died on Tuesday afternoon, March 6, 2018 at her home under the loving care of her children and caregivers.

Mom was born on May 4, 1915 on a farm in the town of New Bremen, the daughter of the late Clinton and Anna (Hofer) Farney. She grew up in a large extended family and was always close to and enjoyed her siblings and many cousins. There was no electricity, but the Farney farm had generators and was a gathering place for family and neighbors to listen to the events of WWII on the radio in the parlor. Her cousin Calvin Farney was killed on Iwo Jima. Two of Mom’s great grandchildren, Abby and Mike Eisel, are the 5th generation to live in the original Farney farmhouse and the radio is next door in Tom and Linda’s house.

Mom attended the one room school house on Van Amber Road through eighth grade. For the first two years of high school she took the train from New Bremen to Lowville, staying with her Aunt for the week. Her father would pick her up on Friday and bring her back to the Van Amber Road farm. School buses took over for the train when she was a Junior. Mom graduated from Lowville Free Academy in 1933.  She worked for Upstate Telephone Company for ten years following graduation.

Mildred Farney and Frederick J. Zehr, Sr. were married after the war, on May 25, 1946, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Croghan. The couple owned and operated a dairy farm on State Route 177. They sold the farm to their son Tom, and retired and moved to their present address. Fred passed away on May 10, 2000. 

She is survived by her six children, her three sons, Colonel Frederick J. and Lois Zehr, Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO; Thomas and Linda Zehr of Castorland; Jeffrey Zehr and Val Juby of Martinsburg; her three daughters, Sue Matuszczak of Glenfield; Virginia and Mark Trobert of Jamesville; and Cynthia and Art Derouin of Cooperstown; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren; several step grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Helen Farney (Robert) of California.

She is predeceased by, her grandson, Frederick W. Zehr, her siblings, Howard M. Farney, Everett H. Farney, Marie Farney, and Robert C. Farney.

Mom enjoyed cooking, needlework, crossword puzzles, playing cards and family gatherings.  She especially loved playing euchre and played from the age of 6 until she was 102. 

In memory of Mildred, Memorial’s may be made to: Friends of Lewis County Hospice. Inc., P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or Apostolic Christian Church, 7324 Muncy Road, Lowville, NY 13367

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 11th from 4 to 7:00 P.M. at the Sundquist Funeral Home.

Mildred was a communicant and a member of St. Therese’s Guild at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where her funeral Mass will be said on Monday, March 12th at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Jay Seymour, Pastor officiating.  Spring burial will take place at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Croghan. 

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