Margaret Karns, formerly of Arkport

Margaret Karns, formerly of Arkport

Hornell, NY – Margaret M. Karns, 99, formerly of 22 East Ave., Arkport died Friday afternoon (april 4, 2014) at Hornell Gardens, where she had resided for the past five years.

Born in Dansville, NY, on March 15, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Clara VanDurme. She was a graduate of Dansville Central School and the Federal Commercial School of Hornell, NY.

In 1939, she was married to Earl S. Karns who died on March 27, 1998. She, along with her husband, owned & operated Karns’ Repair Shop in Arkport.

In addition to her husband and parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her son, John Karns; 4 brothers, John VanDurme, Raymond VanDurme, Louis VanDurme and Nick VanDurme; 2 sisters, Mary Hurlburt and Alice Randall; her son-in-law, Douglas FitzMaurice; her step-son-in-law, Don Roach; along with several in-laws

Surviving are four daughters, Sandra (Ralph) Rice of Addison, Nancy FitzMaurice of Virginia, Peggy Williams of Fremont, and Susan (William) Wyant of Waterloo, NY; one son, James (Linda) Karns of Wellsville; 1 step daughter, Patricia Roach; 1 sister, Loretta Daniels of Dansville; 3 brothers, Richard VanDurme, Larry VanDurme, Phil VanDurme, all of Dansville; her daughter-in-law, Roma Karns of Ontario, NY; several in-laws, grandchildren; great-grandchildren great-great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday (April 10, 2014) at10:30 AM at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell. Burial will be in Arkport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Margaret’s name may be made to either St. Ann’s Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To print a memorial form, click here. Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.