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September 20, 2013

Deborah A. Gaskill

LOCKPORT — Deborah A. Gaskill, of Lockport, NY, entered into rest on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at home, after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. Deborah was born on January 28, 1951 in Lockport, NY. She was the daughter of Frederick and the late Marie (Hebeler) Rankie.

Deborah was a graduate of DeSales Catholic High School in 1968 and D'Youville College in 1972. She was a member of the Lockport Community Cable Commission, Cold Springs Cemetery Association, Barge Canal Optimist Club, Town of Lockport Republican Committee and a past chairman of the Town of Lockport Republican Committee. She retired from the Niagara County Water District, was a former Town of Lockport Deputy Town Clerk, council member for eight years, Deputy Supervisor for two years and a member of the Town Recreation Commission for 31 years. She was honored by the Niagara County Federation of Republican Women as a "Woman of Distinction" and in 2010, the Town of Lockport Day Road Park soccer fields were dedicated as the "Gaskill Soccer Fields" in her honor.

Deborah is survived by her husband of 37 years, Kenneth R. Gaskill; sons, K. Zachary (Elizabeth) and Evan C. (Luciana); grandmother of Leah, Ellie and Lucy and another granddaughter arriving in November; stepmother, Martha Rankie; aunt, Patricia (late Robert) Nodine; uncle, Clyde (late Virginia) Rankie; brother-in-law, Richard (Pam) Gaskill; sisters-in-law, Doris (Lloyd) Dent, Linda Schultz and Marjorie Loupret; also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews and stepsisters.

Relatives and friends may call Monday, September 23, 2013, from 2-8 PM at Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport. Interment will be in Cold Springs Cemetery. Memorials to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094; Cold Springs Cemetery Association, 4849 Cold Springs Rd., Lockport, NY 14094; or M. Steven Piver, MD, Center for Women's Health & Wellness, Seton Professional Bldg., Suite 100, 2157 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214, would be appreciated by the family.  

Online condolences at pruddenandkandt.com.

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