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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Penny Lynn Tompkins, 52, Bolivar, NY

BOLIVAR -Penny Lynn Tompkins, 52, of 170 Reed St., passed away Monday (Dec. 1, 2008) in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, following a brief illness.

Born Jan. 24, 1956, in Olean, she was the daughter of Homer and Elsie Appleby Wheeler Jr.

She married Frederick M. Tompkins on April 14, 1973 in Bolivar. Mr. Tompkins survives.

She was a graduate of Bolivar Central School in 1974. Penny was employed in the health care industry as an administrative assistant at the Wellsville Manor Health Care Center and the Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville for many years.

Penny’s passion was spending time with her children and grandchildren, camping, four-wheeling, baking and cooking and she enjoyed home decorating. She was a member of the Bolivar Fire Department Auxiliary.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, Beth (Patrick) Jones of Bolivar, Melissa (Jim) Fuller of Wellsville, Danelle Tompkins of Eldred, Pa. and Frederick A. “J.R.” (Amber) Tompkins of Bolivar; 16 grandchildren; her mother, Elsie Wheeler of Shinglehouse, Pa.; three brothers, Barry (Nora) Wheeler of Bolivar, Dan Wheeler of Shinglehouse, Pa. and Howard (Jan) Wheeler of Jamestown; three sisters, Maryann (Donald) Serkleski of Millport, Pa., Kimberly (Rodney) Dickerson of Millport, Pa. and Sandy (Ryan) Welty of Gauntier, Miss.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Homer Wheeler Jr., in 1989; and by a granddaughter, Madeline Tompkins, in 2000.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. in Bolivar. Funeral and committal services will take place at noon Saturday in the Bolivar United Methodist Church. Rev. Matthew Kofahl, pastor of the Bolivar United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dan Kenyon, pastor of the Wellsville Bible Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Memorials to the Richburg Fire Department Ambulance Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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