Livonia: Died peacefully at home on October 16, 2010, surrounded by her family. She was born September 7, 1930, the daughter of Archie and Gracia Trescott Giltner, and was a life-long resident of Livonia,NY. She is predeceased by her husband Frank West in 1976 and also sisters Marion Kusnierczak, Esther Aten, Arlene McEwen, and brother Kenneth Giltner. She is survived by six children: Sally West of Geneseo, Susan (Kevin) Fitzgibbon of Livonia, Samuel (Julie) West of Livonia, Sharon West of Livonia, Sandra (Dan) Williams of Hammondsport, and Stephen West also of Livonia. Four Grandchildren, Phillip and Megan West, Bryan Fitzgibbon, and Ruby Williams. She is also survived by one brother Glenn (Janice) Giltner of Medina, NY, sister-in-law Ann Nesbitt of Geneseo, brothers-in-law Jim West and Bud West both of Livonia. Many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
As a young girl, Dorothy Jean West grew up on the East Swamp Road in Conesus. Before the age of 9, she lost both parents, was separated from her siblings, and came to know her grandmother as her primary caregiver.
Even when faced with such adversity, Dorothy made the most of what she had. She developed a love for the outdoors, and became involved in school activities. She easily made friendships that have lasted from her days at the one room schoolhouse on Sliker Hill through her 1948 graduation from Livonia Central School.
Dorothy worked for Kodak until she married her high school sweetheart, Frank West in 1953. She became a full time mother and raised six children: Sally, Susan, Samuel, Sharon, Sandra, and Stephen. When Frank died in 1976, she took over as president of West Beer Distributors. She retired in 2001 and took on her most cherished role as full time Grandma to Philip, Bryan, Megan, and Ruby.
Dorothy’s endless commitment as a wife, mother, friend, classmate, businesswoman, and grandmother has left a lasting impression and memories to fill a lifetime.
Friends may call from 2-4 & 7-9PM on Monday, October 18, 2010 at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Rtes 15 &20A. 21 Big Tree St., Livonia, NY. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday at 10:30AM at St. Matthews Church, Rte 20A, Livonia. Burial will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livonia Ambulance, PO Box 8, Livonia, NY 14487 or the Livingston County Hospice, 2 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris, NY 14510. To send a condolence and for further information please visit: www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com