Joan Buri-Shaffer

Obituary of Joan M. Buri-Shaffer

Joan M. Buri-Shaffer passed away peacefully at home February 14, 2022 after a short but courageous battle with Glioblastoma. Born January 26, 1941 in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Kenneth D. and Doris E. (Whitt) McCollum. Joan grew up on the McCollum family dairy farm and remained proud of her connection to farming and her family her entire life. First and foremost, she was a wife, mother, and homemaker who lovingly took care of her family. She was a graduate of the Royalton-Hartland High School Class of 1959 and worked for Davison Road Optical from the 1980s until 2001. She was a longtime active member of First Presbyterian Church in Lockport where she was an Elder and Deacon, played in the bell choir, made peanut brittle, and volunteered with Meals on Wheels through Lockport Presbyterian Home. She enjoyed traveling, hiking and taking long walks, gardening, cross-country skiing, knitting, reading, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Joan was predeceased by first husband, Douglas C. Buri. She is survived by their children Susan (Thomas) Blechinger, Anne (Jeffrey) Kolbe, Mark (Carolyn) Buri; grandchildren Andrew Blechinger, Emmy Kolbe, Alyssa Kolbe, Joshua Buri, Matthew Buri, and Meghan Buri.

Joan is also survived by her husband of 21 years, Glenn W. Shaffer, Sr and by his children Glenn (Debra) Shaffer Jr, son-in-law Michael Guzzetta, Barbara (David) Lange, Thomas (Debbra Hogue) Shaffer, Robert (Shauna Seifert) Shaffer; grandchildren Byron Shaffer, Glenn Shaffer III, Brett Shaffer, Andrew (Amanda) Lange, Danielle (Kurt) Preisach, Christine (Brandon) Forbes, Justin Hogue, Janelle Hogue, Ashley Seifert; and ten great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by step-daughter Judy Shaffer-Guzzetta.

In addition, Joan is survived by brother Gary (Susanne) McCollum, brothers-in-law Arden Patterson and David Parker as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Nancy Patterson and Sandra Parker.

All are invited to a memorial service to be celebrated at 2:00PM on February 27, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church, 21 Church Street, Lockport, NY. Memorials may be made to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center or to the Newfane Public Library.  Visit

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Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Sunday, February 27, 2022
First Presbyterian Church
21 Church Street
Lockport, New York, United States