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Ellen V. Retton, a longtime resident of Niagara Falls, entered into Heaven on August 16, 2017, while under the loving care of Niagara Hospice. Ellen was born on February 7, 1927 in Watson, WV, the daughter of the late Edmond and Rose (Ferrise) Girod.
Ellen was employed for most of her working career in the retail industry. For many years she managed the offices of the former MAXIM's and Kings department stores (which if now the sight of the Fashion Outlets). Later on, she managed the former Kidsport USA at the outlet mall. She retired in 1991.
Ellen was extremely artistic at drawing and painting pictures which are displayed throughout her home. She loved crafting and decorating, taking pride in her home. She loved to spend time outside tending to her numerous flower gardens. She was an avid NY Yankees fan.
Most of all, Ellen loved her family and spending time with them. She was a simple person, who never wanted or asked for much from anyone. She loved to give of herself of anyone in need.
Her family will always treasure all the moments they shared, especially Christmas Eves' which were always celebrated at her home. He grandchildren will remember the sleepovers and helping Nana make the stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. Ellen will forever be loved, missed and remembered by her entire family.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Karen McAlee (late Barry); grandchildren, Lisa (Phil) Capell, Stephanie (James) Leathers, Kari (Jeff) McAlee-Miller, Renee Retton, Robert (Teresa) Retton; great-grandchildren, Justin, Isabella, Ryan, Abigail, Ava and Shayla; and her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Retton. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph P. Retton, Sr; her son, Joseph P. Retton, Jr.; brother, John Girod; sisters, Joann Macaluso, Mary Paknik; and a granddaughter, Julie Retton.
According to Ellen's wishes, there will be no prior visitation. Friends are invited to a service on Monday at 11 AM at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Rosewood Mausoleum, 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Memorials, if desired, may be made to Niagara Hospice, Inc., 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.
Arrangements by the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Published on August 18, 2017
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