Marjorie R. Lenart, 81, of Panama Bear Lake Rd., Panama, passed away Dec. 6, 2012, at her home.
She was born Nov. 17, 1931, in McKean, Pa., the daughter of the late Ray and Ruth Barton Chapman.
Marge was a tower of strength for her family. She was a people person and liked to socialize whether it was at a family gathering or at the local restaurant in Panama after she went on a morning walk in the school with her friends. She was a member of Our Lady of the Snows church where she attended every week and sat in the same seat for years. Traditions she inherited from her large, closely-knit family she passed on to her children and grandchildren. Her door was open to anyone and Sunday dinners were always on the table. Other than being a devoted mother and grandmother, she worked at The Triangle Restaurant, Good Morning Farm Restaurant and Panama and Jamestown school cafeterias throughout her life. Quick comeback lines were her specialty. Her hobbies including baking, baking, baking, bowling and watching sports on TV. Through all the adversity she faced, she always had a positive outlook and loved the life she lived.
Marjorie R. Lenart
Marjorie was survived by two daughters, Mary (Ronald) Zimmer of Fairview, Pa., and Emily (Larry) Gustafson of Clymer, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Rita Lenart of Panama, N.Y.; grandchildren, Ken (Jen) Zimmer, Keith Zimmer, Nick and Brittany Lenart and Daniel and Erica Gustafson; one great-grandson, Ben Zimmer; four sisters, Florence Kennerknecht, Myrtle Skiba, Lois Smith and Kathleen "Kazzy" Fox; three brothers, Ray Chapman, Jr., Harry "Butch" Chapman and Dale Chapman; and several nieces and nephews, all great.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emery J. Lenart who died July 2, 2000, whom she married July 30, 1960; son, James E. Lenart who died Jan. 12, 2010; three sisters, Julia Carniewski, Alice Polohonki and MaryAnn Baker; and three brothers, Russell, Warren, John Chapman.
A mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Panama United Methodist Church with Msgr. Joseph Dowdell of Sacred Heart RC Church as celebrant. Burial was in Bear Lake Cemetery, Bear Lake, Pa. Friends were received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., Monday at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, N.Y., and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be to Panama United Methodist Church, PO Box 218, Panama, N.Y. and Our Lady of the Snows RC Church, Main St. Panama, N.Y.