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Gertrude Miller

Obituary of Gertrude E. Miller

Gertrude Miller, also lovingly known as "Gert" to some, was a big people-person with a huge and giving heart. Gertrude believed no one should ever have to spend holidays or important events alone. She was often known for bringing people into her home to celebrate with her family. However, Gertrude was also known for a bit of a stubborn streak and liked things her way. Born to James and Ramona Kilroy in 1934, Gertrude lived in a cabin in the Catskill Mountains. With the addition of her brother, Robert, and her mother's passing, the group moved to Buffalo, NY, to start anew. The family would expand in Buffalo after James met and wed Alma Girard; Alma becoming Gertrude and Joseph’s stepmother. As Gertrude grew older, she would meet the love of her life, Melvin, at a Catholic Youth Organization dance at Our Lady of Lourdes Church when he asked her to dance. The two hit it off and would spend 60 wonderful years together, beginning their marriage with a trip to a Bison's game. The pair would celebrate with a Bison's game again on the 60th wedding anniversary. Gertrude and Melvin were later blessed with two beautiful children, Kathleen and Norman. Her family continued to grow with the addition of grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family loved spending time together. Gertrude and Melvin kept themselves busy with bowling, card parties, baseball games, and going to the casino. While trained as a secretary, Gertrude spent a lot of her time as a homemaker when her children were young. When they grew up, Gertrude went back to work in an advertisement agency part-time. Her part-time job soon became full-time, a promotion to HR, and then purchasing a delivery service called ASAP delivery service in Depew, NY. She proudly owned and ran her business for nearly 15 years. Gertrude enjoyed knitting, crocheting, or listening to big band and swing music when she wasn't working. When Kathy was a teen, Gertrude also began a side business of making metal and stone jewelry to sell at craft shows. Making animal pins was her favorite. One could also find Gertrude in her kitchen making delicious dinners or desserts for her family. Christmas time meant making and decorating Christmas cookies with her children and grandchildren. However, one of her most famous dishes was her roast beef, Kathy's favorite. Despite many attempts, no one seems ever to have been able to recreate the magic. If all else failed, one could find Gertrude spending time with her cats or affixing her signature staple of a flower in her hair for the past ten years. Gertrude will be remembered for her kind and giving heart. She will be greatly missed by all. Miller, Gertrude of Cheektowaga, NY passed July 8, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Melvin Miller; devoted mother of Kathleen (Jim) Kolczynski and the late Norman (Peggy) Miller; loving grandmother of Samantha (Randy) Graveline and Alison Kolczynski; caring great-grandmother of Sophia Graveline; loving sister of the late Robert Kilroy; also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. Friends will be received Sunday 7/11 4-7PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 7/12 9:30 AM at St. Mary’s of the Lake RC Church. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to FeedMore WNY. Online donations and condolences can be made at
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Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 am
Monday, July 12, 2021
St. Mary of the Lake Church
4737 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, New York, United States