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Marian Ward

Obituary of Marian F. Ward

Marian Pearl Fredrickson Ward was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother--a lady of strong convictions and Swedish heritage. Born in Dunkirk, NY on May 5, 1929, to Delmar and Pearl Fredrickson, Marian was the baby of four children. Her family owned Frederickson Brothers Lumber Company in Cassadaga, NY. which remains in its third generation. Marian worked for her father as a bookkeeper in the business while attending Jamestown Business College. Marian met her future husband, Donald, at Cassadaga Valley High School, serving as class vice-president when Don was president. Married in Cassadaga on April 16, 1949, they lived in Syracuse while Don was in college, where Marian worked as a bookkeeper for the college, and they soon began a family, welcoming three children: Thomas, Kristine, and David. Marian was a supportive and encouraging wife and mother who always helped her family whenever she could. She was blessed and delighted at the arrival of six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren during her lifetime. A woman of great faith, Marian was very involved in life at Wayside Presbyterian Church. Already an accomplished pianist, Marian learned to play the organ in the 1970s, playing both instruments for services at Wayside. She taught Sunday School with Don there as well in the 60s. Her lovely voice also led to Marian being very active in Wayside's choir, and it was a cherished part of her life. Her devotion to her faith and her love of music meshed perfectly at Wayside Presbyterian. In addition to religious compositions, Marian also enjoyed other forms of music such as Ragtime, especially Scott Joplin, Barbershop, Dixie, and popular hits throughout the decades. For many years, she sang with a group, The Singing Strings, entertaining at retirement homes in Western New York. She was very appreciative of the music of others, as well, and her family recalls that once at Disney World she was moved to tears by a marvelous piece played by a ragtime piano street performer. She taught piano lessons to three generations--her children, several grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Marian also had a variety of other hobbies and talents. An avid reader, Marian always had two or three current books on the coffee table. She was also a talented writer, with articles published in various national magazines. She also served as the editor for the Empire State College newspaper after obtaining her Bachelor's degree there at age 52. An active member of Stop DWI New York Erie County Chapter, she also wrote numerous articles and letters to the editor of the Buffalo News on the topic. Marian traveled widely during her life, with many camping and canoe trips in the 60s and 70s that took the family to dozens of states and Canadian provinces. Later, she made two trips with family to see relatives in Sweden and also traveled to London, Paris, New Zealand, many trips to the Caribbean, and almost every state in the Union, including Alaska and Hawaii. Her family will remember Marian’s strong opinions on various topics, and a simple pursing of her lips when someone disagreed with her signaled that her part in the conversation was over. Despite her strong will, Marian was also a world-class worrywart, consistently worrying about her loved ones and never forgetting a detail. Marian was also a talented cook and baker. Her family has great memories of her home cooking, like her famous hot and cold potato salads, meatloaf, beef bourguignon, and Mexican Wedding Cookies, and dinner always included dessert to indulge Don’s sweet tooth. Marian more than once repeated a story from Guideposts magazine, in which a woman asked to have a fork buried with her when her time came. The story refers to the practice of retaining one’s fork after dinner, in order to enjoy dessert, the sweetest part of the meal. Like the woman in the story, Marian knew that something better was coming after her earthly life--“the best is yet to come.” She will be remembered for her strong will, quick wit, loving heart, and many talents she shared with the world. She will be missed by all those she touched in this life. Ward, Marian F. (nee Fredrickson) April 18, 2021 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved wife of the late Donald G. Ward; devoted mother of Thomas (Suzanne), Kristine, and David (Karen) Ward; cherished grandmother of Andrew, Mark, Daniel, Elizabeth, Laurel, and Matthew; loving great-grandmother of Lillian, Max, Hannah, Grace, Noah, Kiera, Carson, Connor, and Josiah; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received on Friday April 30th from 3 – 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Wayside Presbyterian Church. Please assemble at church. In keeping with the health and safety of friends and family, please wear a mask and maintain social distance. Capacity restrictions may cause delayed entry. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Buffalo City Mission. Please leave online donations and condolences at
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3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, April 30, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Wayside Presbyterian Church
5017 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, New York, United States