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Gladys Alden Sheer

September 11, 1922 — June 14, 2017

Gladys Alden Sheer, 94, a longtime resident of North Java died on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Known to her family and friends as “Billie”, she was born at her home in Bliss, NY on September 11, 1922 to the late Flora Moore and Frank Alden, a direct descendent of John Alden who was a crew member on the historic pilgrim ship Mayflower. In addition to her parents, Billie is predeceased by her husband Clarence Sheer; sister Doris David; brother Don Alden and son in law Tom Standish.

As a young woman, Billie held interesting jobs that fit her vivacious character. Through her high school years she worked as a housekeeper and nanny for Fran Striker, an American writer for radio and comics, best known for creating the Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon characters. During World War II she was employed by Curtiss-Wright Aircraft where she drove scooters on the runway and joined her pilot friends on countless test flights before being promoted to Executive Secretary for management. In 1946 she married her childhood sweetheart, Clarence Sheer, and they had a long and happy life on their farm. Always working together, they grew and sold sweet corn, pumpkins and squash, operated a cattle hauling business and were award winning sellers of seed to farmers across the Wyoming County for over 35 years. Billie was well known for her skills in the kitchen and especially for her fudge. She was often referred to as the “fudge lady”. She was an avid card player and loved nothing more than a competitive but fun game of cards with her bridge club friends of more than 60 years. Billie was a woman of great faith. Her laughter could light up a room. Billie was loved by family and friends alike and will be greatly missed. She will above all be missed by her beloved grandchildren who referred to her as “big grandma”, not because of her stature, but because of her big heart.

Billie is survived by her children; Pat (late Tom) Standish of Strykersville, Beverly (Richard Jr.) Herman of Varysburg, Jeanne (David) Dobinski of S. Wales, Donna (Patrick) Harrington of N. Java and Fran (Harold) Bush of Silver Springs; 6 grandchildren, Kristine (Larry) Wheeler, Richard (Ronda) Herman III, Troy (Jessica) Standish, Connie Herman, Ali Dobinski and Meg Dobinski. She is also survived by 12 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Calling Hours will be held on Monday June 19. 2017 from 4:00-8:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 20th at St. John Newman Parish (St. Cecilia’s Church) 991 Centerline Rd, Strykersville, NY 14145. Lunch will immediately follow in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Billie’s honor can be made to “Angel Action” 6470 Rt. 20A Suite #1 Perry, NY 14530 or online at For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Marley Funeral Home, LLC.

135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. John Neumann Parish (St. Cecilia site)

991 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145

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