on May 12, 2013 - 10:45 PM
, updated May 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM
March 24, 1921 – May 10, 2013
Elizabeth D. LeVan, of the Town of Tonawanda, who served as treasurer of her Order of the Eastern Star chapter for 30 years, died Friday in ElderWood at Oakwood nursing home in Amherst following a short illness. She was 92.
Born Elizabeth DeRemer in Williamsport, Pa., she was the third of nine children and the eldest daughter of Oran and Mamie DeRemer. She graduated from the Williamsport Area High School, attended secretarial school and worked in a sewing factory during World War II in support of American servicemen.
She married Wilbur LeVan in 1942 in Pennsylvania, and they moved to the Buffalo area in the mid-1950s. After raising her three children, she worked for Hengerer’s department store, which later became Sibley’s, for 18 years, retiring in 1986.
Mrs. LeVan had been a member of Kenmore United Methodist Church since 1955, serving as a Sunday school teacher and as a member of the Keystone Class.
She belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star since 1942, and was treasurer for 30 years. She served in the stations of Ruth, Marshall and Chaplain, was Worthy Matron in 1969 and 1991, and was Grand Officer of New York State as Associate Grand Warder in 1997.
Mrs. LeVan enjoyed needlework and crocheting, and won several awards for her floral designs and ceramics.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen and Mark; a daughter, Kay Escuyer; two sisters, Esther Tudor and Margaret Paulhamus; and a brother, Earl DeRemer.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore.