mark on March 29th, 2021

SILVER CREEK:  Sandra J. (Ormsby) George, 84, of Silver Creek, passed away Thursday, March 25th, 2021 following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Buffalo, on August 21, 1936, a daughter of the late Stanley Ormsby and Elinor (Gessner) Ormsby Nuwer.

  A homemaker, Sandy attended schools in Buffalo.  She worked as a Receptionist in the Radiology Department for the former Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, retiring in 1999.  Sandy was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Silver Creek, and a member of the Trinity Ladies Guild.  She was a kind, loving person who always greeted everyone with a smile.  Sandy was happiest when she was surrounded by her family.

  Survivors include her husband of 64 years Frederick L. George, of Silver Creek, a son, Kevin (Kathy) George, of Acworth, GA; a daughter in law Karen George of Fredonia, and a sister, Deborah (Robert) Miller, of Waynesville, North Carolina.  Also surviving are three loving grandchildren Jimi George of Athens Georgia, Jessica (Nate) Miller of Fredonia, Kelsey (Nick) George of Ballston Lake, New York and great granddaughter Ava Miller.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a son Jeffrey George, infant grandson Derek George and a brother Russell Ormsby.

  Due to COVID concerns, Sandy’s funeral service will be private.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Porter Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association, PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022.

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

 

mark on March 27th, 2021

DUNKIRK:  Elizabeth Belvin, 83, of West Lake Road, Dunkirk, passed away Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Buffalo, on October 27, 1937, the daughter of the late William L. and Mary (Love) Belvin, Sr.

  Elizabeth was a member of the Share & Care Senior Citizens Center, Fredonia and enjoyed gardening.

  Survivors include a sister, Jeanne B. Robinson, of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a brother, William L. Belvin, Jr, of Columbia, SC and her caregivers.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday, March 31st from 10:30-11 am, from where a Memorial Service will follow at 11 o’clock with Pastor James Witherington officiating.  Interment will be with her parents in Raleigh, NC.

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

mark on March 15th, 2021

DUNKIRK:  Eleanore H. Murray, 77, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab, Dunkirk, formerly a longtime resident of Silver Creek went home to be with her Lord & Savior Saturday, March 13th, 2021, following a lengthy illness at her residence.  She was born in Silver Creek on June 18, 1943, the daughter of the late Robert and Florence (Hoffer) Popard.

  Eleanore worked as an Inspector for the former Remtronics in Dunkirk, for 30 years.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and collecting angels.  Eleanore loved to be with family & friends and to talk and visit.

  Survivors include a sister, Jeanne Blakely, of Forestville a sister in law Susan Popard of Forestville and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brother Roy Popard, who died June 17, 2020.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville Monday from 3-6 PM from where A Catholic Burial Service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Silver Creek, officiating.  Interment will follow in Balltown Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  COVID restrictions allow 50% capacity (approximately 80 people) in the funeral home at a time.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to the Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street Dunkirk, NY 14048.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 13th, 2021

IRVING:  Christopher Welka, 65, of Irving, died Monday, March 8th, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, following a brief illness.  He was born in Dunkirk, on March 28, 1955, the son of the late John “Jack” A. Welka, Jr. and Annette (Kaus) Welka Kramer.

  He was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School, Class of 1973 and worked as a Certified Vibration Analysis Technician for Nestle Purina Pet Care Dunkirk, for 17 years, retiring approximately 4 years ago.  Mr. Welka liked photography, metal detecting, loved motorcycle riding, car cruises and enjoyed working on vehicles.  Family was everything to him and he was an amazing husband, father and grandfather.

  Survivors include his wife Diane Marie (Freeman) Welka, whom he married 43 years ago on July 2, 1977, at their home, a daughter, Carla M. Welka and a son, Todd (Holly) Welka.  Also surviving are three grandchildren Alayna, Kaliann & Karson Welka and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his stepfather Walter Kramer and a sister Colette Schuler.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday evening from 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Michael Leamon, pastor of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek.

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

mark on March 11th, 2021

FREDONIA:  Robert “Bob” W.  Eggleston, 71, of Stone Quarry Road, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville, died Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 peacefully in his sleep, at his residence.  He was born in Springville, on April 28, 1949, the son of the late Frederick  Eggleston, Sr. and Ruth (Schmill) Eggleston Matthews.

  Bob was a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda, Class of 1967 and currently owned & operated Bob Eggleston Tax Accounting Fredonia, providing Bookkeeping and Accounting services to many people in the area for approximately 40 years.  He was a life-member of Forestville Fire Department, joining in 1976 where held several positions.  Bob was also an EMT Instructor/Coordinator in Cattaraugus County.  He loved the Three Stooges and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandson.

  Survivors include a daughter, Jessica (Ryan) Yonkie, of Fredonia; and a sister, Anna Fitch, of Brocton.  Also surviving are a grandson Brandon Robert Yonkie and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” (Highley) Eggleston, whom he married on September 9, 1972 in Foresstville and who died November 7, 2007, sisters Sharon Parks, Mary Ann Castleberry, infant sister Viola Ruth Eggleston, brothers Frederick “Fritz” Eggleston, Jr., Francis “Frank” Eggleston, John Eggleston, Sr. and infant brother Peter Eggleston.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville today from 2-4 and 7-9 PM from where a Catholic Burial Service will be held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.  A Fireman’s service will be conducted by members of the Forestville Fire Department at 7 o’clock in the funeral home.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, occupancy has now been raised to 50% in the building at a time (approximately 80 people).

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 6th, 2021

Ft. Pierce, FL:  Joe “DH” Bolivard, 64, of Ft. Pierce, FL, formerly of Forestville, passed away Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.  He was born on September 4, 1956, the son of Joseph Bolivard and the late Norma (Brunson) Bolivard.

  Joe graduated from Forestville Central School, Class of 1974.  In his younger years, you would find Joe bartending with great enthusiasm and having jokes for all.  He worked out west for a drilling company and a fire suppression company.  At one time, he owned the Tavern on the Mall in Forestville.  Joe was a used car salesman and “he could sell a used car to a used car salesman.”  He moved to Florida in 1994 and continued his career in sales and was owner of his Shirt and Hat company.

  Joe was very passionate for our country and military.  He was an avid WWII buff and participated in the “Honor Flight” program.  Joe was a former member of St. Peter’s Church in Forestville, the Dunkirk Conservation Club and the Fredonia Fire Department.  His hobbies included golf, boating, motorcycling, traveling and of course- beer.  Joe will be forever remembered for his red hair, freckles, humor, endless jokes and making everyone feel special.

  Surviving besides his father are his stepmother Wilma Bolivard, his wife Cindy (Murray) Bolivard, who was the love of his life and best friend for 37 years, step son, Kent Christopher, of Fredonia; and three sisters, Sandy (Carter) Hall, of Forestville; Janine (Dean) Salzman, of Forestville; and Kimberly (Tim) Murphy, of Williamsville.  Also surviving are numerous nieces & nephews both by blood & love and many, many friends.

  A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer, time and place to be announced.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Vero Beach Humane Society at www.hsvb.org or the Honor Flight Program at www.honorflight.org.

  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 20th, 2021

FREDONIA:  Jane L. Wright, 58, of Water Street, Fredonia, died Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Silver Creek, on June 28, 1962, the daughter of the late William and Mary Joan (Burr) Fleming.

  Jane was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1980 and graduated from Fredonia State University with her Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees in Education.  She worked as a Preschool Teacher for the Fredonia Baptist Nursery School, Fredonia, for 20 years and was a member of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, where she was very active throughout her life.  Jane enjoyed reading, crocheting & drawing.

  Survivors include her husband Richard D. Wright of Fredonia, whom she married on August 3, 1985, in Forestville, a daughter, Emily (Bill) O’Flaherty, a son, Wesley (Erin) Wright and a sister, Lauren Putnam.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.

  Funeral Services will be held from the Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9495 Prospect Road, Forestville on Wednesday morning, February 24th at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor officiating.  Jane’s funeral will be live streamed at www.forestvillewesleyan.com.  Interment will be private in Forestville Cemetery.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.

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

 

mark on February 9th, 2021

PERRYSBURG:  Harold Hilts, 87, of Peck Hill Road, Perrysburg, formerly of Alleghany Road, Silver Creek, died Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at his residence.  He was born in North Tonawanda, NY on January 26, 1934, the son of the late Loren and Muriel (Joy) Hilts.

  Harold enjoyed collecting cars of all styles, his favorite was his collection of Red Cars.  One of his great enjoyments was ice cream, of which his favorite flavor was vanilla.  Harold enjoyed visits from his brother Don and sister in law Joy.  They would take him out for ice cream and Harold’s choice was always plain vanilla.  Besides ice cream, his other favorite sweets were black licorice and chocolate bars.  In his younger years, Harold loved the music from the 20’s & 30’s, his bother would play the piano and they would sing the verses together.

  Survivors include a sister in law Joy Hilts of Arlington, Texas, nieces & nephews and his WNYDDSO caregivers.  Besides his parents and brother, he was predeceased by 2 sisters Marjorie & Rose Marie Hilts.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 10:30-11, from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Fred Holdridge, officiating.  Private Interment will be in Acacia Park, North Tonawanda, NY.

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

 

mark on February 8th, 2021

SILVER CREEK:  Phyllis Kohler, 80, of Monroe Street, Silver Creek, died Friday, February 5th, 2021 at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA, following COVID induced pneumonia.  She was born in Brocton, on June 16, 1940, the daughter of the late Anthony and Frances (Giordano) Syracuse.

  Phyllis was a graduate of Brocton Central School, Class of 1958 and attended college in Alfred.  After attending college, while working at the former Niagara Therapy in Brocton, she met John “Jack” Kohler and married him 60 years ago on October 29, 1960 in the Zion Lutheran Church, Silver Creek.  She also worked as an Executive Secretary for the former St. Columban’s Retreat Center in Silver Creek & Derby, for 30 years.

  Phyllis was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Farnham.  She was a very selfless, intelligent and hardworking person.  She loved to read, cook, watch Jeopardy and travel.  Phyllis especially enjoyed being with her husband, family and grandchildren.  She also had a strong faith in God.

   Surviving besides her husband are two sons John T. (Bethany) Kohler, Andrew C. (Genesis) Kohler, a daughter, Melinda (Michael) Johnson and a brother, Thomas (Stella) Syracuse.  Also surviving are three grandchildren; John Joseph Kohler, Michael Wyatt Johnson, Quinlan Jack Kohler, three great grandchildren; Roan, Rorik, Jace and nieces & nephews James, Jacque, Cindy & Marc.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister Betty Hedgman.

  A Celebration of Life will be held in June.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 633 Church Street, Farnham, NY 14061.

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

mark on January 30th, 2021

Jackson, GA:  Henry “Bud” F. Cockburn, 73, a resident of Dream Catcher Assisted Living, Jackson, GA, passed away Monday, January 25th, 2021, at his residence.  He was born in Columbia, SC on April 17, 1947, the son of the late Russell and Carolyn (Corley) Cockburn.

  Bud was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School and worked as a Dishwasher for the former Connie’s Country Kitchen, Meridian, NY, for 3 years.  He was a lifetime member of Hanover Masonic Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville.

  Survivors include a brother, Steven (Vickie) Cockburn, of Greensboro, NC, two nieces, two nephews, one grandnephew and one grandniece.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Lewis G. Daniels and an aunt Thelma Campaign.

  Private Interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street Johnson City, NY 13790 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.

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