Barbara Jean ‘‘BJ’’ Schwertfager

Barbara Jean ‘‘BJ’’ Schwertfager

Barbara Jean ”BJ” Schwertfager, 63, of Dunkirk, N.Y., peacefully transitioned to her heavenly home on Monday morning (March 11, 2019) at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa.

She was born May 21, 1955, in Dunkirk, N.Y., the daughter of the James Edward Schwertfager and Marilyn Vogt Chambers.

BJ was reared in Fredonia, N.Y., graduating from Fredonia Central High School in 1973. In 1975, she married Richard H. Gee and together they raised three children. BJ was best known for her infectious smile and kind heart. She had a massive Teddy Bear collection and was often called the “Teddy Queen”. BJ also had innate talents that were demonstrated in her detailed cake designs and her musical abilities to make sweet music on the violin, piano and organ.

Barbara’s memory will be cherished by her mother, Marilyn Vogt Chambers; three children: Christopher Richard Gee, Jason James Gee and Amber Lee Gee; four grandchildren: Sarah Gee, Richard and Austin Calabrese and David Gee; three siblings: Kathryn Moseley, Sally Saylor and Peter Scott; and a host of other relatives and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Edward Schwertfager; and former husband, Richard H. Gee.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, March 17, 2019, from 6-8 p.m., at LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Ave., Fredonia, N.Y., where a funeral service will be held Monday, March 18, 2019, at 11 a.m.. with burial immediately following in Webster Street Cemetery, Pomfret, N.Y.

On-line condolences may be made at larsontimko funeralhome.com.

Arrangements by David J. Dengler.