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Betty J. Tarnowski

Betty J. Tarnowski

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our loving wife, mother, and grandmother on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, at Brooks hospital after a lengthy illness.

Betty was born in Buffalo, NY, on June 13, 1935 to the late James and Elizabeth (Mittelsteadt) Dailous.

Betty moved to Fredonia, NY, in 1950 at the age of 16 with her parents and sister. They settled into the Fredonia area and in 1951 through mutual friends she met the love of her life, Jerry Tarnowski. They were married on June 9, 1956 and shared 65 years of love, adventures and a whole lot of laughter together.

They have 2 children, Brenda (Skip) Swanson and Betty (Robert) Dimmer both of Dunkirk NY; 5 grandchildren; Erik Hearburg of Dunkirk NY; Richard (Rachel) Swanson of Buffalo NY; Emily Swanson of N.Y.C. NY; Christopher (Samatha) Dimmer of Yulee Fl; and Matthew Dimmer of Dunkirk NY. Whom she loved and adored deeply. She was always there for her grandchildren to comfort them with a loving hug or a sound piece of advice.

In her early years she worked at Van Raalte Co., M. Wiles, Ludes Brother Florist. She also worked at the First Ward Falcon Club with her daughter Betty for many years preparing food for all the banquets that were there. She also looked so forward every year to being in the vineyards tying and picking grapes for the Renswick family.

Betty was a faithful parishioner of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton church where she was chairperson along with her husband Jerry for Wednesday night bingo for many years.

Betty loved reading, doing puzzles, playing cards, especially with her card group that played together for over 50 years. She loved knitting whom she learned from her mother who was a master knitter. She also love traveling to one of her favorite destinations, Gettysburg PA. Along with Disney World with her grandchildren and the annual family week camping trip to Allegany State Park for the past 50+ years. Betty’s true joy was being a homemaker, mother and grandmother.

Betty is predeceased by her parents James and Elizabeth (Mittelsteadt) Dailous and a sister Frances Yorke.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:15 from the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 o’clock in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Calling hours will be held Friday from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contribution in Betty’s memory may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 328 Washington Ave. Dunkirk NY 14048.

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