on March 8, 2013 - 12:15 AM
, updated March 8, 2013 at 2:15 AM
April 6, 1909 – March 6, 2013
Adeline R. Jerrett, of Williamsville, came from a family in which longevity was not unusual. Her mother lived to be 102, and her four sisters, including one who is still living, all made it into their 90s. The retired Amherst town employee died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. She was 103.
Born in Buffalo, Miss Jerrett lived most of her life in Williamsville within yards of the ElderWood Village at Glenwood on Main Street near Union Road, an assisted-living facility where she had resided for the past five years. In August 2008, she and two of her sisters, Margaret Baran, then 96, and Sally Klein, 94 at the time, were featured in an NBC Nightly News segment on Americans living longer.
Miss Jerrett was a longtime employee of the Town of Amherst, where she was supervisor of special district assessments. Her nephew, Gordon Kuzon, said she walked to work daily. She retired in 1979 after 38 years. She was a 60-year member of the Amherst Business and Professional Women’s Club. She also was a member of the Amherst League of Women Voters and served as a town Republican committeewoman for 25 years. She served on the Amherst Senior Center advisory board, the Williamsville Senior Citizen Committee and the town’s Adult Day Care Committee.
In 1990, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Amherst Senior Center. She also was honored by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce with its Distinguished Service in Government award. She was a 60-year member of North Presbyterian Church in Williamsville.
She is survived by a sister, Margaret Baran.
A service will be at 7 p.m. today in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville.