Rita M. Lescynski

Rita Lescynski

ASHVILLE — Rita M. Lescynski, 94, of Victoria Road, Ashville, died Saturday (Feb. 25, 2017) at her daughter’s home in Ashville.

She was born April 19, 1922, in Magnolia, N.Y., the daughter of the late George and Ethel Bohall Kranking.

Rita was a housewife who in earlier years also worked at the Chautauqua Diner and cooking for the fish fry’s at the Mayville Veterans of Foreign War.

She was a member of the Mayville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the North Harmony and Mayville Senior Citizens, the Magnolia Cemetery Board, the Good Will Card Club, and the Alumni Association for Chautauqua Central School.

She enjoyed baking, crossword puzzles, playing cards, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and family get-togethers. She was especially proud of being a member a Championship basketball team at Chautauqua Central School in her youth.

She is survived by her five children: William (Donna) Lescynski of Mayville, Anita (Earl) Ferry of Ashville, Tom (Julie) Lescynski of Mayville, Jack (Maryann) Lescynski of Mayville and Lisa (Randy) Nickerson of Mayville; 14 grandchildren: Kim Lescynski, Pam Applebee, Stacy Davenport, Bill Lescynski Jr., Leanna (John) Conley, Amanda (Andy) Anderson, Christine (Jody) Peterson, Andrew (Wende) Lescynski, Jesse Lescynski, Mollie (Mike) Messenger, Melanie (Mike) Cannon, Emily (Jason) Small, Shane (Samantha) Nickerson and Derrick (Rachelle) Nickerson; 22 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Suzanne (William) Sumner of Florida.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Lescynski, whom she married July 6, 1942, in Mayville; a sister, Edna Kranking; and five brothers: Paul, George, Virgil, Lawrence, and Robert Kranking.

A private funeral service will be held at the Freay Funeral Home with interment to follow at the Magnolia Cemetery.

A celebration of life for Rita will be held on Tuesday, February 28, at the Mayville Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1-4pm. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Harmony Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 114, Stow, NY 14785, or the Mayville Senior Citizens, or the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.

To leave a remembrance of Rita or to light a candle, visit www.freayfuneral home.com.