SALAMANCA – Margaret M. Chopan Mendell, 87, of West Avenue, passed away Monday (Jan. 14, 2013), in the Absolut Center in Salamanca.
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She was born July 30, 1925, in Kane, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Mary (Tierpak) Chopan. She attended St. Patrick's Catholic School in Salamanca.
Mrs. Mendell was employed by Bush Industries in Little Valley and, in earlier years, the former Petri Bakery in Salamanca. She was a Communicant of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Salamanca and enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, hunting, fishing and gardening.
She is survived by a son, Daniel (Peggy Balkema) Mendell of Randolph; three grandchildren, Maria (husband, Daniel Atillo) Mendell of San Diego, Heather Mendell of Randolph and Erin (Mike) Pickering of Reno, Nev.; two great-grandchildren, Moses and Enola Jubilee Pickering of Reno, Nev.; two sisters, Helen Taylor of Pittsburgh and Susan Hubbard of Red House.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Andrew R. Mendell on April 6, 2012; three brothers, Paul, John and Stephen Chopin; three sisters, Anna Van, Elizabeth "Betty" Hahn and Mary Lund.
Funeral services and visitation will not be observed. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph, N.Y. Burial will be in Crawford Cemetery in Salamanca.
To leave a condolence, log onto www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be sent to the Friends of the State Park, 2373 ASP Route 1, Suite 3, Salamanca, N.Y. 14779.
Published in The Salamanca Press from Jan. 24 to Feb. 22, 2013