LEON - Genevieve Eloise Earle Rowland, 99, of Route 62, Leon, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012 in the Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center in Gerry. She was born December 17, 1912 in South Dayton, NY, the daughter of the late Merritt F. and Anna J. Eddy Earle.
Mrs. Rowland was a 1932 graduate and Valedictorian of the former South Dayton High School, Forestville Teachers Training School, and received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from SUNY Fredonia in 1966.
Genevieve taught in many area schools, including, Leon, Randolph, Cattaraugus and later at Pine Valley Central School from where she retired in 1973. She was a charter member and former officer for the Leon Historical Society and the Salamanca Rail Museum and was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 2273 in Randolph. She enjoyed music, poetry and spending time with her family.
She is survived by a son; Richard Clyde Moffit Sr. of South Dayton, three grandsons; Richard Clyde Moffit Jr. of Leon, Eric Lynn Moffit and Travis J. Moffit both of South Dayton, a grand daughter; Michelle Renee Miller of Cattaraugus, 4 great grandsons; Kyle Moffit of South Dayton, Dustin and Corey Miller of Cattaraugus and Caleb Moffit of Leon, two great grand daughters; Jennifer Moffit of South Dayton and Brittany Wallace of Leon, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two husbands; Clyde J. Moffit, whom she married on April 8, 1939 and who preceded her on April 29, 1945 and Floyd H. Rowland, whom she married May 2, 1949 and who preceded her on June 16, 1987; two children: Lee J. Moffit on April 29, 1945 and Sharon Eloise Moffit in August of 1943; brothers: Jay, Thomas, Ralph, Robert, David, Ellsworth, John and Richard and sisters: Grace and Gladys, and a great grandson Dylan Richard Miller in August of 1992.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in the Park Lawn Cemetery, Wesley, NY. Rev. Donald Moore will officiate. A Memorial service will also be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday April 28, 2012 in the Leon Historical Church. Visitation will not be observed. Arrangements are entrusted to the Van-Rensselaer & Son Funeral Home in Randolph.
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Memorials may be sent to the Leon Historical Society or to the Leon Firemen's Auxiliary.