Gay Walser

Obituary of Gay C. Walser

WALSER- Gay C. (nee Craggs)


Age 83, of Williamsville, NY, passed away June 30 after a lengthy illness. She joins her husband of 50 years,

Guy O. Walser Jr., in Heaven.  Gay was born in Panama, raised in Guatemala, educated in Switzerland,

and finished at the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City.


She fell in love with and married her late husband at St. Thomas Church in Manhattan.

She raised five children and was a church secretary until she was called to study for the diaconate.

She became one of the first female Episcopal deacons in Western New York on June 9, 1984. She served at

St. Mark’s Episcopal church in Riverside, and Calvary Episcopal church in Williamsville, NY, retiring in November 2003.


She is survived by her children Gay K. Walser, Guy O. Walser III, Rebecca L. Walser, Hugh C. (Shell) Walser, Michael J.

(Jen) Walser; and her beloved grandchildren Joshua A. Walser, Bryan M. Walser, Benjamin O. Walser and Carter B. Walser.


A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo

(Hospice Foundation P.O. Box 590 Buffalo, NY 14240 or at

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