Obituary of Dolores Madeline Conlin
Dolores was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, known affectionately to her family as "Kimmi". Kimmi was a giving, kind-hearted woman, full of patience and love, willing to do anything for her family, except go camping with them. She and her husband Frank were married for 64 years and raised six children. At Christmastime the piles of presents under the tree belied the large family on a budget. We also celebrated the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6; shoes left out on the night of the 5th were found in the morning filled with nuts, candy and fruit. She was a fantastic cook and baker, specializing in everything homemade, especially desserts with every dinner! Her basement pantry was always full of jars of homemade chili sauce, bread and butter pickles, jellies and jams. As kids, our lunches were packed with love, and her homemade jam and cookies. Also as kids, Kimmi would make the birthday cake of your choosing (within reason!) on your special day. Red velvet cake was a favorite. Cooking big meals for holidays was her specialty and she even supervised when other family members hosted. Her daughter Gayle loved Kimmi's homemade chicken dumplings, her son Kevin still brags about (and misses) her chocolate cake that seemed to weigh about 5 lbs., while the whole family fondly remembers her German potato salad. To her family and friends, Kimmi was the “Queen of Cards”. She sent notes, cards and thoughtful letters for every occasion and sometimes no occasion, you were simply on her mind. When her son Patrick was deployed overseas with the USAF, his care packages from Kimmi contained everything from cookies to soap; the cookies were carefully packed in coffee cans, keeping them fresh and intact. Her handwriting was beautifully cursive, with impeccable spelling and grammar, and only Kimmi could write an entire letter without making a single mistake. Now those thoughtful missives will be warm reminders of the wonderful and giving person she was. A devout Catholic her whole life, being involved with her church community was very important to Dolores. She was a member of Queen of Heaven, St. Catherine of Siena and Saint John XXIII Church for many years. She volunteered to tally the weekly collections, and cooked and baked for everything from funeral breakfasts to bake sale fundraisers. She was quietly devout, and led by example. Her bible study group, which included her close friends Alice, Marie, and Mary Jane, was also very important to her. This same group of ladies usually met each Friday to enjoy fish fry at restaurants throughout the Buffalo area. Kimmi’s social dance card was usually quite full, even well into her 80s. Frequently, when the kids called, Kimmi would only have a few minutes to talk because she had plans and was heading out the door. At home later in the evening, she would invariably get a call from Patrick to go over any unanswered clues from the daily crossword. Growing up, the Conlin family always had dogs, as well as other pets, including turtles, a one-winged crow, a rabbit, tarantulas, guinea pigs, wild canaries, and the occasional bucket of poly-wogs. We were taught to love, respect and care for the animals, a tradition most of us continue today. When a feral cat had kittens in Frank's backyard shed, Kimmi was delighted. She doted on them and became their adoptive stepmother! She contacted Feral Cat Focus of WNY to help trap the momma cat, get her spayed, and catch the kittens to get them healthy enough for adoption. Dolores will be remembered for her sharp wit, loving and caring for her family, and her unwavering passion to help others. Conlin, Dolores M. (nee Schnorr) of West Seneca, NY, born December 24, 1927, passed peacefully on September 3, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Frank Conlin; devoted mother of Kevin (late Kathyrn) Conlin; Daniel Conlin; Gayle (Dennis) Snyder; Terri (Steven) Fachko; Patrick Conlin; and Cheryl Conlin; dearest grandmother of Jordan and Devin Fachko and Alex Snyder; loving sister of the late Robert (late Dorothy) Schnorr; the late Norbert (late Laura) Schnorr; and the late Gilbert (Judy) Schnorr. The family wishes to acknowledge the dedicated care of Greenfields Nursing Facility. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 AM Friday September 11 at St. John the XXIII RC Church, West Seneca, NY. In keeping with the safety and health of family and guests, please wear appropriate facial coverings and maintain social distancing. Capacity restrictions may delay entry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Feral Cat Focus of WNY. Arrangements with LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. (716-674-5776). Online condolences and memorial donations may be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.