Philadelphia - Edith A. LaVancha, 93, was received into her eternal rest on Saturday evening, September 29, 2012.
Born on July 11, 1919 in Benson Mines, NY to the late Charles and Nellie Gray. She attended Harrisville schools and was a homemaker. She married Lawrence F. LaVancha on September 7, 1936 in Harrisville. The couple was happily married for 53 years. They owned and operated a dairy farm for many years and moved from Evans Mills to Great Bend in July 1989. He died on November 11, 1989. She moved to Philadelphia in 2009.
She was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Carthage for over 65 years. She held a variety of positions in the church; Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, board member and was a member of the choir for many years. She enjoyed family gatherings, music, singing, cooking, gardening, church activities and was an avid Bible reader.
She is survived by three sons: Ronald and his wife Kathy, Copenhagen, Lawrence and his wife Irene, Evans Mills, Dennis and his wife Juanita, Great Bend. Six daughters: Nancy and her husband Wayne Reisstetk, Virginia, Edith and her husband Gerald Dickinson, Denmark, Bonnie and her husband Mike Madonna, FL. Donna Barber, Carthage, Jane Stone, Philadelphia, and Flora and her husband Steve Wilson, Theresa. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her husband, daughter Sharon Briggs, 11 siblings, 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.
A celebration of Ediths life will be held on October 6th at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Nazarene, Carthage, with the Rev. David Allison, Pastor, officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Lundy Funeral Home 500 State St. Carthage and one hour prior to the service at the Church on Saturday. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Her family requests donations be made in her name to the Church of the Nazarene, Carthage, NY or Hospice of Jefferson County.