WESTFIELD – Doris (Gilman) Veit, age 86, of Westfield, died Monday, May 22, 2017 at St. Vincent Health Center of Erie, PA following an extended illness.
Doris was born on June 18, 1930 in Conesus, NY, the daughter of the late Edward Monroe and Golda Marietta (Shutt) Gilman.
Doris loved people, but especially kids of all ages. She always had time for their stories and antics. Her wonderful sense of humor was enjoyed by all. Doris loved all animals and was especially fond of cows, cats and butterflies. Her hobbies were many, including sewing, crocheting, gardening, puzzles, and cooking but music was her first love. Doris was an accomplished pianist who could play anything once she heard it. For years she accompanied and sang in her group, The Ambassadors, performing free concerts in nursing homes throughout Western New York. She was the pianist for the Sunday morning worship service at Absolut of Westfield. Her faith was unswerving and she was proud of the accomplishments of her Lydia Circle of friends. Doris was ready for her heavenly home.
She retired from SUNY Geneseo as a Custodian. Prior to that she was an aide for NY State, and worked as an operator for Rochester Telephone for 18 years before they went to dial phones.
Survivors include, her 7 children: Pauline Emilson of Westfield, with whom she resided, Gloria (Tommy) Jones of Huntsville, AL, Gail (Tracy) Lawson of Dalton, NY, Katherine Kenney of Westfield, NY, Karl (Karen) Kenney of Norfolk, VA, Patrick (Diane) Kenney of Dansville, NY and Edward (Tracy) Kenney of Mt. Morris, NY
She is further survived by 9 Grandchildren, including Jeffrey Emilson, of Westfield with whom she resided, and Monica Helton, with whom she shared a birthday, 3 Great-Grandchildren, 3 Great-great grandchildren, 5 Step Grandchildren and 5 Step Great grandchildren. Doris also leaves behind Callie Ann, her special Feline Companion.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Kenney, her second husband, Francis Sheflin, her third husband Rev. Lloyd H. Veit, and by her two sons, Gordon Charles Kenney and Andrew James Kenney .
A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, July 1, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, 101 East Main Street, Westfield, NY and a second Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Union Hose Co. Banquet Hall, 66 North Elizabeth St., Dansville, NY. Burial will be private in Kiehle Cemetery, Dansville, NY.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial contributions should be made to the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue, 61 Academy St., Westfield, NY 14787 or Charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY 14787. Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to send Doris's family a message of sympathy, to light a Memorial Candle or for further information.