Mary E. Degenfelder

February 27, 1921 - May 1, 2015


Age 94, of Castile, NY, died May 1, 2015 at the East Side Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Warsaw.

She was born February 27, 1921 in the Town of Eagle, NY, daughter of the late William and Mary Belden Shaffner. Mary was the long time cafeteria manager at Letchworth Central School in Gainesville. She was a member of the Castile United Church of Christ and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 76 years. She belonged to the Stebbins Chapter #503 in Pike and was a Past Matron and Past District Officer and State Officer.

Mary was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Edward Degenfelder who died in 2007; her son-in-law, Robin Bowles who died in 2004 and her grandson, Daniel Haxton who died in 2010.

Surviving are her daughters, Oleava (John) Haxton of Bliss, Chyra (Stephen Balmas) Bowles of Castile; 4 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; her sister, Sylvia (Neal) Ferguson of Warsaw. She was the sister of the late Paul Shaffner, Richard Shaffner and Douglas Shaffner.

Friends may call Tuesday, May 5 from 3 ? 7 PM at the Harmon-Watson Funeral Home, 35 N. Main St., Castile. Mary?s funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 6 at 11 AM at the Castile United Church of Christ, (cor. N. Main & Washington Sts.) Castile. Private burial will be in Curriers Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor?s choice. Online condolences at

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May 3, 2015 : Funeral service for Mary E. Degenfelder at Castile United Church of Christ - 4:45 PM

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Jul 15.19 from Mike & Jean (Lowden)Sullivan :

We are sorry to hear “Mary Liz” has passed.  We have known her since grade school in Castile.  She always was such a great lady with a smile and hello to great you. Remember all the good times with her and keep them close to your hearts, but remember she and Ed are finally together again for eternity.

Jul 15.19 from Sharon & Barry True:

Dear Chyra and Family. We are so sorry to hear this sad news. She had a big heart and I knew it the first time I met her.Celebrate her life and tell stories.  That will help mend your hearts and make you laugh.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jul 15.19 from Jane & Roger Stephens:

We are so very sorry for your loss.  Your Mom was a lovely, kind person who did the extra for anyone she met.  She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Jul 15.19 from David Champlin:

So many wonderful memories of Mary.  Loved her laugh.  So sorry for your loss.  Prayers are with you and the family.

Jul 15.19 from Mary Michels Hutchison:

Oleava, Chyra and family,  So sorry to hear of your loss.  Mary Liz was a wonderful lady.  When my husband ,Bob, and I lived next door to them in Highland City, Florida for those winters so long ago, we really got to know them.  It was your dad who convinced me that Syracuse University Basketball was worth watching. Your mom entertained our cat, Tom, every evening and he enjoyed sitting in her lap.  She was a delight with her quick wit and kindness. She will be missed

Jul 15.19 from Renee Geising Vallance:

Mrs Degenfelder was a wonderful and caring woman, always made my day at lunch time at Letchworth. she always made us kids feel special

Jul 15.19 from Dennis and Deb Krawczyk:

We were so sorry to hear of Mary Liz’s passing.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jul 15.19 from Eleanor Frazier Torrey:

Oleava and Chyra,  I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember her lovely smile and greeting at the LCS lunch counter. My prayers are with both of you and your families.

Jul 15.19 from dennis rowe:

may the angles be with you .god bless your mom was a great lady she will be missed .

Jul 15.19 from Janet Stoffer:

Chyra Sorry for your loss of your Mother.  Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Hugs, Pete and Jan Stoffer

Jul 15.19 from Jim Dutton:

Very sorry for your loss Chyra

Jul 15.19 from Cheryl Kelly:

Chyra and Family, My prayers are with you at this sad time.  She was truly one of the greatest ladies I have known.

Jul 15.19 from Linda Rice:

Sorry to hear of Mary Liz’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family.