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Doris Near Bierer

AUBURN — Doris Near Bierer, 102, of Auburn, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017. She was born in Auburn, daughter of the late Wilson J. Near and Ruth Johnson Near.

Doris resided most of her life in Auburn. She was a graduate of The Knox School and Maryland College For Women.

Doris was member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for more than 85 years where she was a deaconess and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the DAR, the Mayflower Society and the Owasco Country Club.

Doris is survived by her nephew, Lt. Col. James B. Near Jr., USAF Ret.; nieces, Jean N. Rouse (Charles), Susan (Suki) Near, and Susan N. Bird (Wesley); great-nephew, James B. Near III; great-nieces, Susan Near Oltman, Hillary Near, Katie Rouse Sigler (Chad), and Elizabeth Bird Santos (Matthew); great-great-nephew, Wilson James Santos; and sister-in-law, Margery A. Near.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John C. Bierer, and brothers, Wilson J. Near Jr. and James B. Near.

The family wishes to acknowledge the many caregivers who provided compassionate care and companionship to Doris during her final years.

Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in Doris’s memory may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn, NY 13021; YMCA-WEIU, 27 William St., Auburn, NY 13021, or the Faatz-Crofut Home, 46 Grant Ave., Auburn, NY 13021.

The Brew Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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