Elmer Cotten

Elmer L. Cotten

Thursday, July 8th, 1926 - Monday, January 28th, 2019
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Obituary

Elmer L. Cotten, age 92, of Fredonia, N.Y., died at his home in the presence of his daughter, Carole; heart-daughter Christine Wagner; nephew Paul Cotten and beloved caregiver, Mary Jane Wagner on Monday January 28, 2019. He was born July 8, 1926 in Hamburg, N.Y. to Elmer and Mabel (Triftshauser) Cotten. He grew up in Eden, N.Y. and attended Eden Schools. Elmer enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 17 year old and served in WWII. He returned to Eden High School after being discharged and received his high school diploma in 1948. On July 2, 1951 he married Betty Jane Kelly. The couple was married 34 years at the time of Betty’s passing on March 16, 1986. He was employed as a custodian at the SUNY Fredonia Rockefeller Center. Elmer was owner-operator of Four Brothers Supply Co. in Fredonia. He loved folk and bluegrass music, and was deeply involved in the folk music community. He was an accomplished ragtime piano and guitar player, singer and story teller, and shared these gifts with many people over the years.
A fixture at area restaurants as he enjoyed eating meals out. He especially enjoyed Aldrich’s, Jenna’s and Denny’s

Elmer is survived by: his daughter, Carole Cotten- Figueiredo (John) of Hillsboro, OR.; grandson Noah Figueiredo; siblings: Jack (Carol) Cotten, Joel (Margrit) Cotten, Nancy (Bob) Umiker and several nieces and nephews; Besides his wife and parents, Elmer is predeceased by two siblings: Paul E. Cotten and Jane (late Dick) Hydic.

Calls may be made Friday 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, N.Y. A memorial service will be Saturday 11am at the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, 25 Church Street, Fredonia, N.Y. Full Military Honors will be accorded at Church by the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council. Interment will be in the Webster Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. Cotton’s memory may be made to the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church Street, Fredonia, NY 14063.

On-line condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com. Arrangements by David J. Dengler,
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Larson-Timko Funeral Home
    Address
    20 Central Avenue
    FREDONIA, NY 14063
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Larson-Timko Funeral Home
    Address
    20 Central Avenue
    FREDONIA, NY 14063
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    First United Methodist Church of Fredonia
    Address
    25 Church Street
    FREDONIA, NY
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    Full Military Honors will be accorded at the Church by the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council.
    Officiant
    Rev. Nettie Puleff
  • Interment

    Location
    Webster Road Cemetery
    Address
    Webster Road
    FREDONIA, NY
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    Interment will be private.
  • Reception

    Location
    Fredonia First United Methodist Church
    Address
    25 Church Street
    FREDONIA, NY 14063
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    Reception to follow the service at the fellowship hall.

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: 1891 FREDONIA OPERA HOUSE.

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Terrie Johnson

Posted at 12:23am
Carole, today would have been my Dad's birthday, and I know how much you loved your Daddy too. It's difficult to imagine a world that will not have these two loving caring men in it. My heart goes out to you and all your family. Know that hugs are being sent your way.
LJ

Lisa Beth Johnson

Posted at 07:52pm
I loved to hear his voice -- speaking or singing. His kind eyes and gentle demeanor belied a sharp wit and a truly epic sense of humor. I'll miss knowing he's in the world and give my deepest and most sincere condolences to my extended family. Love you all.
CA

Chautauqua Blind Association

Posted at 09:08am
Our deepest sympathy Carole in the loss of your father. We were honored to have had the opportunity to get to know him. He will be sadly missed but all the memories will live on and be cherished forever. From all of us at Chautauqua Blind Lisa, Sally, Debbie & Priscilla
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