Fillmore --- Merle C. Buffum of 10909 Dugway Road died Monday, November 16, 2015 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home, Clarence. He was born on May 31, 1919 in Elma, a son of the late Irving and Gertrude Cole Buffum. He married Helen L. Harris who predeceased him in 1998.
Merle was a life-long farmer and was a former member of the Allegany County Dairy Association, the Rushford Grange and a former Mason of the Akron Lodge. He enjoyed playing euchre and was on the Board of Assessors, resigning this past year.
Surviving is a daughter, Eileen (David Kowalczyk) Rizzo of Elma, two grandchildren, Tracy (Eric) Vance of Kernersville, N.C., Thomas (Erin) Rizzo of West Babylon, three great-grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler, Madison Vance and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may gather from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at Marilla Cemetery, Marilla.