ANDOVER – Hattie M. Gavin, 86, passed away Monday (Feb. 19. 2018) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Gavin was born on March 13, 1931 in Elm Valley to Leon P. and Olive M. (Ayers) Wahl. She was a 1949 graduate of Andover Central School. On Oct. 25, 1950, she married Donald R. Gavin, who predeceased her on Aug. 6, 1993.

Hattie worked as a bookkeeper for Joyce Western Pipeline in Andover from 1960 until her retirement in 1983. Previously, she worked as a waitress at The Collegiate in Alfred, where she met her future husband and she cleaned at Citizens National Bank in Andover for a number of years. Hattie was well known throughout Andover for her wallpapering skills where it has been often said that she wallpapered every house in town.

Hattie is survived by four daughters, Karol Gavin Marciano and Kathleen (Tom) Kent, both of Andover, Mary Kay (Robert) Cavanaugh of Ballston Spa and Cecilia (Brian) Lynch of Hampstead, N.C.; 6 grandchildren, Ed (Betsy) Kent and Joe (Lisa) Kent, both of Andover, Debi (David) Martin of Fredericksburg, Va., Brad (Tanya) Cavanaugh of Ballston Spa, Chrystie (Chris Conrad) Lynch of Columbus, Ohio and Patrick Lynch of Greensboro, N.C.; 3 great grandchildren, Evan Kent, Will Kent and Trey Kent; a special friend, Rose Munkes of Wellsville and her caregiver, Carol Mann of Greenwood.

In addition to her husband of 42 years, she was predeceased by two brothers, William S. Wahl and Gerald A. Wahl.

Hattie was a fun and enjoyable person to be around. She was a mother to everyone and after she talked to you, you came away feeling better about yourself. She was a gifted artist as exemplified in her many still life paintings. She extended that love for art with the children in the neighborhood where she taught them painting and crafts in her home after school. In her later years, she continued to foster that love of art by becoming an active member of the Wellsville Art Association.

Hattie was very civic minded. She planted and maintained the flowers on Main St. in Andover for years. She was a member of the Andover Chamber of Commerce and a 4-H member and leader for over 40 years. She had a passion for history as she was the Past Vice President and Trustee of the Andover Historical Society and a member of both the Baker’s Bridge Historical Association and the Allegany County Historical Society.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2–4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Hattie’s name may be made to Andover Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806 or to Andover Historical Society, PO Box 252, Andover, NY 14806.