Clarabelle Fehlman
Clarabelle Fehlman

Obituary of Clarabelle M. Fehlman

Clarabelle Mae Fehlman, 87, of Falconer passed away Thursday (January 2, 2020) in UPMC Chautauqua. A lifelong area resident she was born December 23, 1932 in Panama, NY, the daughter of the late Merle and Evora Stebbins Vandenburg. Clarabelle graduated from the former Celoron High School in 1951. After graduating she worked for dentist Dr. Conrad Nelson. Clarabelle attended Ora-Jean Beauty Academy in Erie, PA, receiving her hairdressing and cosmetology license in 1956. In 1958 she opened Be Lovely Beauty Shop first located at 27 W. Main St., Falconer, then later owner and operator of Be Lovely Beauty Shop at 168 S. Work St. in their family home for many years. In 1983 she started working for Lutheran Social Services in their beauty shop retiring 2008 at the age of 75, completing 52 years as a beautician. Following retirement she volunteered at the Lutheran Home. Clarabelle attended the Falconer United Methodist Church and Christ Chapel at the Lutheran Home. In earlier years Clarabelle loved having her family over for Sunday dinners and holidays. She had a big heart and was dedicated to her family and friends. She could sit and talk to a stranger as if she had known them of years. Beside her love for her family and cats she enjoyed traveling especially with her friend and former boss, Marie Schroeder. Clarabelle was the wife of 55 years to the late William L. Fehlman whom she married June 30, 1956 in Jamestown, NY and who passed away January 20, 2012. She is survived by two daughters: Kathleen Cooley and Judith (Patrick) Bull of Falconer; a son William (Valerie) Fehlman II of Williamsburg, VA. Grandmother to: Colleen, Dana (Chet) and Matthew Clark, Katie and Krista Cooley (Tim), Tara (Jason) VandeVelde, Amber (David) Seekings, Brittney (Michael) Olson, Blaire (Asher) and Caroline Fehlman. Great Grandmother to: Austin, Morgan, Ryann, Stephen, Zander, Kayleigh, AJ, Dakota, Lucas, Mia, Bella, Zack, Jake, Natalie and Josh. Sister-in-law to Shirley Vandenburg. She is also survived by her close friends Vern Wilson, Marie Schroeder and Karen Marg. Besides her parents and husband Clarabelle was preceded in death by her brother Robert Vandenburg. The family of Clarabelle would like to thank Dr. McKimm, the 5th Floor and 3C Staff at UPMC Chautauqua for the exceptional care of their mother and very special thank you to Dr. Sapple for his deep concern, compassion and care in her time of need. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Falconer Funeral Home. Rev. Daniel S. Rumfelt chaplain of Lutheran will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be donated to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701.
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Sunday
5
January

Visitation

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Falconer Funeral Home, Inc., Falconer, NY
44 West Falconer St.
Falconer, New York, United States
Monday
6
January

Funeral

11:00 am
Monday, January 6, 2020
Falconer Funeral Home, Inc., Falconer, NY
44 West Falconer St.
Falconer, New York, United States
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