Sadly, Ellicottville lost one of its own on December 24. Jeanne Gerstung Depke passed away very suddenly after a short illness.
If there was ever someone who had an impact on everyone who knew her it would surely be Jeanne Depke. A wife, mom, grandmother, great grandmother and wonderful friend – she was all that and more and will be sorely missed. Jeanne had an infectious smile and an upbeat personality that was catchy to everyone around her. Whatever she did, she did it 100% and then some and always made it look easy.
Jeanne grew up in East Aurora where her family owned the Iron Kettle Restaurant that is still a very popular restaurant today. She graduated from East Aurora high school and attended Bryant & Stratton College for accounting. Ron and Jeanne raised their family in Holland and moved to Ellicottville in 1995, where they eventually retired.
Jeanne loved to golf anywhere, garden both at home, in Florida and for the Alley Katz in Ellicottville, ski almost every day in the winter and bowl with the Thursday winter league. She loved people, parties and her friends, but nothing meant more to her than her family. Jeanne and Ron were married for more than 50 years and, of course, were high school sweethearts. They have two daughters, Kandie Yoviene (Ron), Cindy Pfuelb (Tom), four grandchildren, Ashley, Andrew, Jordan and Morgan and one great grandson, Brayden.
Godspeed Jeannie – you will always be in our hearts.