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Dorothy M. "Dot" HILFIGER

September 27, 1927 — September 2, 2021

Dorothy M. “Dot” HILFIGER, 93, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, September 2, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born September 27, 1927, in Sunderlinville, she was the daughter of William and Delia Gardner Stiles.  On May 15, 2007, in Belmont, NY, she married her companion since 1972, Joseph N. Lerch, who predeceased her on April 14, 2015.  She owned and operated Dottie’s Restaurant in Ulysses and was employed by Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, Pike View Inn in West Pike, and retired from Three Mile Island in Harrisburg.  Dot was a 72-year member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Auxiliary in Ulysses and an ardent Buffalo Bills fan.  She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed working in her flower beds and lawn.  Her family was number one in her life.

Surviving are:  seven children, Sandra Potter of Ulysses, Bonnie (Terry) Timmerman of Whitesville, NY, Debra (Elwood) Lewis of Ulysses, Pamela (Kevin Davis) Wheaton of Addison, NY, C. John “Goog” (Amanda) Putman Hilfiger of Ulysses, Wendy (Mark) Willenbecker of Elizabethtown, Randy (Judy) Lerch of Middletown;  22 grandchildren;  many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren;  and nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by husbands, John English, Malcolm “Diz” Hilfiger, and Joseph Lerch;  son and daughter-in-law, Donald W. and Betty Jo Hilfiger;  son-in-law, Howard “Pete” Potter;  and three brothers, Chester Pierce, Clyde Pierce, and Truman Pierce.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948, Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 277, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Carl E. Hyde American Legion Auxiliary, P.O. Box 125, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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