Mayme DeJohn, 100, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at Brooks Memorial Hospital.
She was born Oct. 24, 1920 in Fredonia, the daughter of O. George Mancuso and Jenni (Tampio) Mancuso of Moore Ave. She went through schools in Fredonia and graduated from Fredonia High School in 1938. She was a resident of Fredonia Place since Nov. 2009.
She was employed by Van Raalte Co. as a seamstress and married Anthony A. DeJohn on Feb. 7, 1942. Her husband was drafted into the Army in April 1942 when she was with Van Raalte and then as a sales clerk for the former Safe Store on Central Ave. in Dunkirk. She resided in Dunkirk from 1942 to 1945. She attended Holy Trinity Church during that time and was a member and secretary of its Blessed Sacrament Society.
After World War II she and her husband moved to Silver Creek in 1945 where they had, and raised, their three children, Anthony, Michael and Virginia. Her husband died in March 1995. She continued to live in Silver Creek until Nov. 2009.
In 1956 she worked as a sales clerk in the Silver Creek Variety Store, then in the Silver Creek school cafeteria for three years (1962-65). From 1965-1975 she and her husband owned and operated DeJohn’s Wine and Liquor Shop in downtown Silver Creek.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Silver Creek since 1945 and the Rosary Altar Society, serving at various times as secretary, treasurer and vice president. She became a Eucharistic minister in 1979 when she was installed with a group by Bishop Edward Head at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo. She served for over 20 years at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel where she enjoyed daily mass and becoming one of the original “Toast Ladies.” She was a member of the Mt. Carmel Social Club of which she served as president, secretary and chaplain.
She was also a member of TOP #890, Silver Creek, and in March 1997, she received the five-year KOPS award at the state meeting in Syracuse, New York.
She enjoyed baking and cooking for her family and church affairs (Bingo kitchen), sewing gardening, sketching and oil painting. In her earlier years, she also did ceramics and made many beautiful things for her family.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Michael G. DeJohn (Judi), Nov. 2009, brothers Frank O. Mancuso, Dec. 2007, James A. Mancuso, Oct. 2016, two sisters, Antonina (Ann) Mancuso, Jan. 2009, and Vincie D’Angelo-DeJoe, April 2009.
Surviving are a son, Anthony F. DeJohn (Judy), Chesterfield, Mo., a daughter, Virginia DeJohn-Gaura (John), Fredonia, formerly of Ft. Worth, Texas. Also surviving are a brother Dr. Charles S. Mancuso, Bedford, N.H., four sisters: Gina Palermo and Lucilla Mancuso, both of Fredonia, Caroline Lidell and Marie (Bill) Sweeney, both of Washington state and three grandchildren: Jennifer Lynn DeJohn, Chesterfield, Mo.; Anthony J. DeJohn (Shannon), Falls Church, Va.; Heather DeJohn-Mathis, Kennesaw, Ga.; two great-grandsons, Kepler and Lincoln, Falls Church, Va. ; and many dear nieces and nephews.
Visitation and services will be private. Interment will be in the Mt Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek, N.Y. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mayme’s honor may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church, Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel, 160 Central Ave. Silver Creek, NY. Online condolences can be shared at www.holeparkerfc.com.
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