Niagara Gazette


March 17, 2014

Rev. Dr. Denice J. Szafran

ROCHESTER — Rev. Dr. Denice J. Szafran, 58, of Geneseo, NY, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, passed from this life on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, following a lengthy illness. Born on February 29, 1956 in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Daniel J. and Ina Mae (Davis) Szafran.

Denice attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School. Later, she earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo. Denice was employed as a Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo. She was a renaissance woman who had many interests,        talents and hobbies.

Denice is survived by two daughters, Jamie Szafran and Christine Szafran, both of Niagara Falls, NY; one brother, David (Linda Guglielmi) Szafran of Grand Island, NY, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by many friends, acquaintances and colleagues. In addition to her parents, Denice was predeceased by one brother, Douglas John Szafran.

A gathering of family and friends will take place on Thursday, March 20th, from 3-8 PM in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY               (716-297-9007). Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, memorial offerings may be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center, 600 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14627.

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