mark on April 20th, 2022

DUNKIRK:  Joseph L. Richir, Sr, 87, of Newell Road, Dunkirk, passed away Monday, April 18th, 2022 at his residence, surrounded by his family.  He was born in Dunkirk on May 19, 1934, the son of the late Thomas and Lena (Wollaston) Richir.

  Mr. Richir was a graduate of Buffalo State College with a teaching degree in Auto Body. He worked for several car dealerships in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area as a body man and then worked for Fredonia BOCES as an auto body teacher for 24 years, retiring in 1993.

  Mr. Richir was a member of the Fredonia American Legion Post #59, Fredonia Beaver Club, Dunkirk Moose Lodge and a Life member of Sheridan Fire Dept.  He also enjoyed collecting & working on classic cars.

  Surviving are his four children Joseph L. (Rosanne) Richir, Jr of Cape Coral, FL, Diane (Thomas) Neal, of Silver Creek; Scott K. (Gina) Richir of Fredonia, Lu Ann Ellis, of Fredonia; and a brother, Jules Richir, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Viola “Chickie” (Stevens) Richir, whom he married on July 31, 1954 in St. Joseph RC Church, Fredonia and who died May 7, 2015 and by brothers Earl & Thomas G. Richir.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday evening from 6-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 pm, with Rev. David Watson, pastor of Sheridan United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on April 13th, 2022

CHERRY CREEK:  Barbara A. Wall, 78, a resident of Heritage Village, Gerry formerly of Farrington Hollow Road, Cherry Creek, died Sunday, April 10th, 2022 at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, Jamestown, following a short illness.  She was born in Dunkirk on September 7, 1943, the daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth “Elsie” (Rathjens) Dayton.

  Barbara was a graduate of Pine Valley Central School, Class of 1961 and a graduate of Jamestown Business College.  She worked as a Medical Secretary for Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, for 10 years in the X-ray dept from 1963-1973.  Mrs. Wall also worked with her husband in the former Wall’s Meat & Cheese in Sheridan and in the former Wall’s Sausage Kitchen in Cherry Creek.  Barbara was a wonderful woman and enjoyed being a homemaker.

  Survivors include Harold G. Wall, Jr. of Gerry, whom she married on September 26, 1969, in the Laona United Methodist Church, a daughter, Amy (John) Johnston, of Cherry Creek; and a son, Todd Wall, of Jamestown.  Also surviving are five grandchildren- Jordann, Jaiden, Jaren, Sabrina & Richard.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother Penfield Dayton, III.

  Services are private and at the convenience of family. Interment will be in Burnham Hollow Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to the SPCA, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.

  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on April 11th, 2022

FORESTVILLE:  Bryan M. Newton, 57, of North Hill Road, Forestville, died Saturday, April 9th, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Jamestown on March 24, 1965, the son of the late Edgar L. and Althea M. (Harvey) Newton.

  He was a graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central School, Class of 1983 and was currently working as an Aide for WNY Bus Company, Dunkirk.  Bryan loved to fish on his boat with his friends, loved music, was an instructor and could play many different instruments.  He & his brother had their own band.

  Survivors include a daughter, Chelsea Newton, of Sinclairville; and a brother, Russell Newton, of Forestville.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister-in-law Susan Ecker Newton.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 6-8 PM only.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on April 9th, 2022

SILVER CREEK:  Cindy L. Barber, 63, of Main Street, Silver Creek, passed away Thursday, March 31st 2022, at Buffalo General Hospital, following a short illness.  She was born in Dunkirk, on December 24, 1958, the daughter of the late William D. and Eleanor J. (Smith) Barber.

  Cindy attended Forestville Central School and Fredonia BOCES.  She worked for the former Petri Baking Products Silver Creek and previously worked for the former Lake Shore Nursing Home, Irving and the WCA Home, Fredonia as an aide.  Cindy attended the First Baptist Church SBC, Silver Creek and enjoyed making crafts & crocheting.

  Survivors include a brother, Gary W. (Cynthia) Barber, of Irving, her companion Ed Brumfield of Silver Creek and a nephew Willie Kaminski.

  A Graveside Service will be held at 11 o’clock on Tuesday, April 12th at the Pioneer Cemetery, Bennett State Road, Forestville, with Rev. Mark Swan, pastor of the First Baptist Church SBC, Silver Creek officiating.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to the Forestville Fire Department, Inc., PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.

  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on April 4th, 2022

FREDONIA:  Marion L. Roach (nee:Ferry), 92, a resident of WCA Home, Temple Street, Fredonia, died Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 at the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Silver Creek, on October 1, 1929, the daughter of the late Donald and Lois M. (Howell) Ferry, Sr.  Marion worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for the former Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk, retiring in 1989.  She previously worked as a waitress for the former Harbor Diner in Dunkirk and worked for New Era in Angola, during the 1970’s.  Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia (Kenneth) Kaminsky, Linda (Wayne) Stolinski, Marion Matyjakowski, five sons William (Becky) Roach, Tom Roach, Jr., David (Carole) Roach, John (Cecelia) Roach, Richard (Michelle) Roach, two brothers, Howard Ferry and Kenneth (Linda) Ferry.  Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her stepfather Emory Bradley, her husband Tom R. Roach, Sr., whom she married on December 20, 1951 in Dunkirk, a son-in-law Rick Matyjakowski, a daughter-in-law Bonnie Roach, two brothers Donald R. Ferry, Jr., David L. Ferry, a stepbrother Robert Bradley, a stepsister Betty Haines, an infant granddaughter and an infant grandson.  Services are private and at the convenience of family.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Susan G. Komen-Breast Cancer, 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889 Dallas, TX 75380 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to any local library.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

 

mark on March 19th, 2022

RAMONA, CA:  Loretta Lee Pedrico, 83, of Poco Way, Ramona, CA, formerly of Forestville, passed away Thursday, March 10th, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in Forestville, on August 26, 1938, the daughter of the late William and Dorothy (Press) Hilliker.

  Loretta was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1956, attended San Diego State University to become a Music Teacher and received her CNA training in Fredonia.  She worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aid for the former Kelly Health Care, Dunkirk, for 7 years.  Loretta also worked as a Telephone Operator and a waitress.  At the age of 13, she performed on the piano at the White House in Washington DC.  Loretta also taught piano lessons to many students.  She was an extremely talented pianist, loved animals & raised Irish Setters for 5 years and Schnauzer’s for 15 years.  Loretta enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and playing music.

  Survivors include two daughters, Vida (Steve) Philbrick and Elena (John) Luellen, both of Ramona, CA, a son Brett Pedrico of Pennsylvania, two sisters, Doris (Richard) Ward, Winona (Steve) Peters, and a brother, Marvin (Grace) Hilliker, all of Forestville.  Also surviving are five grandchildren, several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Juan Pedrico, whom she married on May 10, 1960 in Las Vegas, Nevada and who died Sept. 2, 2006.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock from St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Park Street, Forestville with Vincent Coppola, priest officiating.  Interment will follow in West Perrysburg Cemetery, Town of Perrysburg.

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790 or NAMI Buffalo & Erie County, PO Box 146, Buffalo, NY 14223.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 14th, 2022

FORESTVILLE:  Roger D. Logsdon, 55, of Prospect Street, Forestville, died Friday, March 11th, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital.  He was born in the Town of Hanover on October 19, 1966, the son of the late Donald and Dorothy “Dot” (Davis) Logsdon.

  Roger worked as a Bus Driver for First Student, Fredonia, for approximately 22 years.  He enjoyed hunting, watching western & war movies and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  Survivors include his wife Tammy S. (Burley) Logsdon of Forestville, whom he married on May 14, 2005, in the Forestville United Methodist Church, two daughters, Jessica (Donnie) Logsdon, Lisa (Andrew) Walker, two sons Chris (Leslie) Stevens, Scott Stevens, two sisters, Jackie Logsdon, Sue Logsdon, and four brothers, Donald (Viv) Logsdon, John (Bobbie) Logsdon, Tom (Kim) Logsdon, and Bob Logsdon.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by two nieces Melinda & Brandi Logsdon.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm from where Funeral Services will follow at 8 o’clock with Rev. James Witherington, Hospice chaplain officiating.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 North Gale Street, Westfield, NY 14787 or to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 2nd, 2022

FORESTVILLE:  Kathie Mae Dean, 58, of Putnam Road Forestville, passed away Monday morning, February 28th, 2022 at home as a result of her long battle with cancer.  She was accompanied by her husband Jeff Dean and family members when she drifted off to be with the Lord.  She was born in Dunkirk on January 23, 1964, the daughter of Linda M. (VanWormer) Fairbanks, of Forestville and the late Douglas L. Fairbanks.

  She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1982 and attended Jamestown Business School.  In 2013, her love of animals inspired her to leave her position at the Chautauqua County Home and become owner & operator of The Doggie Detailer pet grooming and boarding.  Through her years she also helped her family on their dairy farm (Fairdawn Farms, Inc.) and the maple syrup business (Fairbanks Maple).  Kathie was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter.  She lived life with zest, passion and optimism.  Kathie was an avid animal lover and enjoyed the simpler things in life such as; gardening, blackberry picking and searching for the perfect rock for her collection.

  Besides her mother she leaves behind her husband Jeffrey A. Dean of Forestville, whom she married in September of 1998, in the Forestville United Methodist Church and renewed their vows in September of 2019, two sons Dana Meli-Wischman, of Silver Creek; Robert Dean, of Forestville; two daughters, Karlie Meli-Wischman, of Cherry Creek; Christina (Jacob Neamon) Dean, of Cuba, NY; a sister, Laurie (Stephen) Mead, of Forestville; two brothers, Douglas J. (Diane Jagodzinski) Fairbanks, of Forestville; and Drew R. (Laura) Fairbanks, of San Diego, CA.  Also surviving are a brother in law Mark Harvey of Lake Como, NY, eight granddaughters, one grandson and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her father she was predeceased by a brother Bryon Fairbanks, a sister Sherry Lynn Fairbanks-Harvey and a sister in law Jennifer Fairbanks.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 12 noon with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek, officiating.

  Memorial Donations may be made to the family by either Venmo or 9007 Putnam Road, Forestville, NY 14062.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 2nd, 2022

FORESTVILLE:  Lance D. Pope, 52, of Forestville, died Sunday, February 27th, 2022 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, following a brief illness.  He was born in Dunkirk on November 2, 1969, the son of the late Dale and Alice (Thompson) Pope.

  Lance attended Forestville Central School and worked as a Crane Operator for Parker Marine Contracting Corporation in Charleston, SC.  He was an avid Bills & NASCAR fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Lance loved camping with family & friends and spending time with his grandchildren.

  Survivors include his wife Cynthia A. (Mattoon) Pope of Forestville, whom he married on July 18, 2020, in the Town of Arkwright, a daughter, Montanna Pope, of Dewittville; a step daughter, Kayla Sobczak, of Forestville; a step son, Shawn Sobczak, of Dunkirk; three sisters, Peggy Panek, of Dunkirk; Connie Pope, of Fredonia; Rebecca (Jeffrey) Yacklon, of Dunkirk; and a brother, Chris Pope, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Wayne Pope.

  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The family suggests memorials may be made to www.gofundme.com and search Lance Pope (Medical Expenses by Cindy Pope).

  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 21st, 2022

FORESTVILLE:  Betty J. Kuzora, 91, of Main Street, Forestville, passed away Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in the Town of Hanover, on January 20, 1931, the daughter of the late Truman and Edith (Congdon) Ferry.

  She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1948.  Betty owned & operated the former Collector’s Corners on Main Street in Forestville.  She previously owned the former Forestville Variety Store and worked for Jim Cave in the original Caves store, both on Main Street.  Betty was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed going to yard sales, collecting antique glassware and dishes, watching the Buffalo Bills & Buffalo Sabres, playing Bingo & going to the casinos.

  She was the loving mother of Leonard H. (Virginia) Kuzora, of Fredonia; and Brenda Reinermann, of Kemp, TX. and loving grandmother of Kelly (Jonathan) Halvorsen and Keith (Dorothy) Kuzora.  Also surviving is a brother in law Major Williams of Alabama, a great granddaughter Harper Kuzora and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Leonard L. “Hank” Kuzora, whom she married on July 2, 1949 in the Forestville Baptist Church and who died May 9, 2019, two brothers Lyle & Richard Ferry and a sister Sharon Williams.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Darlene Meeder, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Forestville Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Forestville Fire Department, Inc. PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.