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JoClair M. Surman

By Lisa Ace

JoClair M. Surman, of Corfu, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday morning, February 1, 2023. 

She was born in Wheeling, WV, on March 29, 1934.  

JoClair is survived by her daughter Stephanie (Scott) Thompson of Memphis, TN, her granddaughter Zoe Thompson of Corvallis, OR, her brother Raymond (Priscilla) Kuntz, sister Mary Ellen (the late Joe) Giblin, and brother George (Christine) Kuntz and a large number of nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Norman Surman, her parents Raymond and Esther (nee Knabe) Kuntz, sister Rose Ann Kuntz, and brothers William “Billy” Kuntz and Louis “Eddie” Kuntz.  

Up until the last several years she was an active parishioner at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Corfu, NY, where she taught children’s religious education classes for many years.  She was also a volunteer for All Babies Cherished of Batavia, NY.  JoClair was an amazing artist and loved sending greeting cards which always included a stick of gum.  

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 7, from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 8 at 10 AM at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 18 West Main Street, Corfu, NY.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to All Babies Cherished 445 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020 or the Corfu Food Pantry PO Box 159 Corfu, NY 14036. 

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