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Obituary for Beverly A. Wakelee (Graham)

Beverly A. (Graham) Wakelee, 75, of Dunkirk, N.Y., died Thursday January 18, 2024 at home with her loving family at her side.  Beverly was born January 23, 1948 in Buffalo, N.Y. to Steve and Marilyn (Miller) Graham. She grew up on Buffalo’s west side, graduating from Lafayette High School.  In 1971 Beverly, along with her husband, Denny Wakelee, moved from Buffalo to Forestville, where they raised their five children.  Together, Beverly and Denny owned and operated Dailey & Elias Bros. in Smith Mills until she took a position with New York State Department of Corrections. Upon her retirement from NYSDOC, Beverly provided childcare for many families in the area.  Proud of her Buffalo heritage she loved “Everything Buffalo”, she especially loved the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

Beverly is survived by: her former husband, Denny Wakelee, the father of her children; four children: Marilyn (Phillip) Orlando of Jamestown, N.Y., Kim (Henry) Delgado of Dunkirk N.Y., Steven (Jody) Wakelee of Florida, Denny (Julie) Wakelee of Cassadaga and Renee Marcoux, her niece that she helped raise; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; also survived by her twin sister, Bonnie (Bob) Rothschild of Virginia Beach VA; a sister, Linda Bognar, a brother, Richard (Cindy) Graham, both of Georgia and 8 nieces and nephews.


Besides her parents, Beverly is predeceased by her beloved daughter, Shannon Wakelee and her two brothers: Max and Frank Graham.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday February 24, 2024 at the Forestville American Legion Post 372, 6 Cedar Street, Forestville, N.Y., from 1-4pm.

The family extends their thanks and appreciation to Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care for the kindness and care provide to Beverly and family and to her grandson, Jacob Burrows, with whom she lived with for many years. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made in Beverly’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( On-line condolences may be made at  Arrangements by David J. Dengler, LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home.