Dorothy  Buchanan

Obituary of Dorothy I. Buchanan

Avoca – Loon Lake – Dorothy I. Buchanan, “Dottie”, 93 years of age, passed away early Sunday morning, December 17, 2023 at FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, NY; after a brief illness, having resided in her home with help from family and friends. Dorothy was born January 25, 1930 at home, in Beachville, in the Town of Dansville, NY, the daughter of Alfred and Leola (Eichorn) Clymo. She attended a country school and then went to Arkport Central School, graduating in 1947. Dorothy’s employment throughout the years included time at the Gunlocke Company in Wayland, Moore Cottrell in N. Cohocton and at A H Wilcox & Son Lumber in Cohocton, NY, retiring after working there for over 20 years. Dorothy and Harold Pfaff were married and together they lived in Dansville. Harold passed away a very short time later. Dorothy and Clifford Harter met and married on March 12, 1950 and together celebrated over 30 years together prior to Clifford passing away in September of 1979. They bought a farm in Avoca and owned and operated that for many years. Owning a farm and raising her children kept her very busy in her younger years. After Clifford’s passing Dorothy moved to Florida and lived there for over 20 years, returning to Avoca in 2014. While in Florida, Dorothy met and married Roderick Buchanan. They spent 9 years together prior to Roderick passing away on December 9, 1995. Dorothy had many hobbies that included quilting, sewing, boating, fishing, reading and watching the birds. She loved to gamble at the casino and playing Bingo as well as traveling. A few of her favorite places included the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska and the Panama Canal. Dorothy was pre-deceased by her parents, Alfred and Leola Clymo; her husbands, Harold Pfaff, Clifford Harter and Roderick Buchanan; her sons in law, Gary Zigenfus and Chuck Williams; her great granddaughter Ruthie Schuyler; and her sisters, Helen Rawleigh and Alberta Selbig. Dorothy is survived by her children, Dawn Zigenfus of Atlanta, Brad (Cheryl) Harter of Avoca, Debbie (John) Schuyler of Wayland, Linda Williams of Wayland, Kris (Mary Ann) Harter of Avoca and Gail (Rich) Morgan of Greenwood; 20 grandchildren,; 41 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; her brothers Ardeen (Joanne) Clymo, of Geneseo and Gary Clymo of Florida; along with a multitude of nieces and nephews; a wonderful family legacy that will live on. Dorothy’s family and friends may call Thursday December 21, 2023 from 10am – 12pm at St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St., Wayland. A funeral service will be celebrated for her at 12pm on Thursday at the conclusion of calling hours. Committal prayers and interment will take place immediately following at Lakeside Cemetery, overlooking Loon Lake in Wayland, NY. Contributions in memory of Dorothy I. Buchanan may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland, NY 14572.

Calling Hours / Visitation

Thursday December 21, 2023 ~ 10am - 12pm ~ St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home, Wayland

Funeral Service

Thursday December 21, 2023 ~ 12pm ~ St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home, Wayland


Lakeside Cemetery, Wayland
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