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Sarah Whitney -- June 23, 2019

Beloved mother, grandmother, and “G.G.”, Sarah Bucolo Whitney passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on June 23rd, 2019.

Sarah was born on Christmas Day in 1925 and grew up in Lowertown, Lockport during the Great Depression and World War II.  She often shared memories of Lowertown, St. Joseph’s Church, Dewitt Clinton, and many neighborhood friends.

In the late 1940s, she met Donald “Whit” Whitney at a dance at Wright’s Corners.  They married in 1950 in a double wedding with her sister, “Babe” and Whit’s best friend Frank Allen (“Timmer”).  Sarah and Whit eventually moved to Gasport where they made a home, a life and raised four beautiful daughters.  Sarah missed Whit everyday since he “left us” in 2007, but is now finally back in his arms and happy again.

Sarah loved to be in her yard and had many beautiful flower gardens and roses.  She and Whit often worked in the “back 40” and “Green Forest” which all of their children, grandchildren, and almost all of their great grandchildren have played in and adored.

She was also an amazing and meticulous cook.  Her daughters often tried to duplicate her dishes but she always felt it was her duty to let them know what they should have done differently to make the dish better.  Her Italian cookies, especially her cucciddati, were consistently perfect in taste, size, and appearance.  Whit was given the “rejects” to sample at home, but the unblemished sweets were reserved for St. Joseph’s Day, holidays, family weddings, and other special occasions.

Sarah cherished her family; her world revolved around them.  She constantly wanted them at her home for many parties, Sunday afternoons, or evening coffee at the kitchen table.

Sarah was a spirited, strong, and caring woman.  Everything she did, she did with her whole heart and never settled for anything less than the best from anyone.  The memories she left behind will always be treasured by her family and friends.  She is at home now with Whit, a beautiful rose garden, and family and friends that passed before her.

Sarah was pre-deceased by her husband Donald “Whit” Whitney and parents Tindaro and Prudence (Amato) Bucolo.

She leaves behind four loving daughters, Stephanie (Jay) Marotta, Maria (late Dan) Tyson, Donna (Dale) Faulkner, Linda (Dan) Bernard; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth (Vito) Destito, Jeremy (Sara) Bernard, Emily (Eric) Lunde, Adam (Jennifer) Tyson, Jason (Sarah) Marotta, Michael Marotta, Julia (Bryan) Thurston, Amanda (Corey) Gaesser, and nine great-grandchildren Lucy, Reagan, Hattie, and Whit Lunde; Henry, Quinn, and Maren Bernard; Emilia Tyson; and Francesco Destito.

Sarah had ten siblings, (late) Santo Bucolo,

Frances (Felix) Reale, (late) Daniel (Marie) Bucolo, (late) Prudence (Frank) Allen, Lena Randall, Anna (late Theodore) Kyzmir, Viola (late Charles) Scinta, Roy (Marcia) Bucolo, Linda (late Edward) Rice, and Michael Bucolo.  She also is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Monday July 1st from 5-8 at Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, Genesee Street, Lockport, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Oratory, Market Street Lockport, NY on Tuesday July 2nd at 10:00 am.  Interment at Cold Springs Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Heart Association.

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