mark on April 9th, 2017

DUNKIRK:  Ruth M. Hilliker, 91, a resident of Absolut Care of Dunkirk, formerly of Silver Creek, passed away Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at her residence.  She was born in Perrysburg, NY on January 6, 1926, the daughter of the late Earl and Sadie (Moss) Marble.  Mrs. Hilliker was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1942.  She worked as a Cook for both Forestville Central School for 10 years and the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center Helmuth, NY for 15 years.

Mrs. Hilliker was a member of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, Silver Creek, for over 60 years and enjoyed cross stitch, knitting, jigsaw puzzles and was a lover of Jesus.

Survivors include a daughter, Carme Phillips, of Birmingham, AL; a son, James (Darlene) Hilliker, of Forestville; and a brother, Doug (Karen) Marble, of South Lynn, MA.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Howard A. “Bite” Hilliker, whom she married in 1945, in Silver Creek and who died April 15, 1980, by a son Wayne A. Hilliker, who died November 26, 2004 and a great grandson Matthew Hilliker.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Leamon, pastor of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Smith Mills Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, 60 Buffalo Street, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 28th, 2017

SILVER CREEK:  Dennis C. Russell, 64 of Chapin Road, Silver Creek, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at his residence, following an extended illness.  He was born in Roaring Spring, PA, on May 25, 1952, the son of Donald C. Russell of Silver Creek and the late Betty (Pheasant) Russell.

Mr. Russell was a graduate of Lake Shore Central School, Class of 1970.  He served in the US Air Force during Vietnam and worked for the Ford Stamping Plant, in Woodlawn for 30 years.

He was a member of the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club and the NRA.  Mr. Russell enjoyed hunting & fishing.

Surviving besides his father are a daughter Jennifer Cochran of Jacksonville, NC, 2 sons, Thomas Russell of Youngstown, NY, Daryl Russell of Toledo, OH and 2 sisters Sally Valone of Dunkirk and Donna Merritt of Forestville.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren Jessica Ippolito, Frank Cochran, Madison Russell, Tanner Russell, Logan Russell, Mason Russell and several nieces & nephews.

Mr. Russell donated his body to the UB Medical School for research.  There will be no prior visitation observed.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Time and place to be announced.  The family suggests memorials in his memory 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 go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

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SchusterLDUNKIRK:  Rev. Lawrence Arthur Schuster, 89, of Van Buren Bay, Dunkirk, died Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Chicago, IL on May 9, 1927, the son of the late Lawrence Philip and Helen Agnus (Schimel) Schuster.

He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1950, with a BS in Electrical Engineering and graduated from Berkley Divinity School at Yale in 1960 with a Master’s in Divinity.  He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and worked as an Electrical Engineer for General Electric in Schenectady until 1957.  Mr. Schuster was Ordained as a Deacon, then as an Episcopalian Priest in December 1960, by Bishop Frederick Barry, from the Diocese of Albany.  He was an Associate Priest for Bethesda Episcopal Church, Saratoga Springs from 1960-1963 and Priest for Trinity Episcopal Church, Fredonia from 1963-1995.  After retirement, he was a substitute Priest for a few area parishes and Priest at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Dunkirk.  Besides his dedication to his parishes, he was most proud of his ministry to the community and to those who did not have a formal church of their own.  He was an active Chaplain for Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk and SUNY at Fredonia.  Rev. Schuster championed local support groups for families suffering with AIDS, substance abuse, performed numerous same sex marriages and lakeside baptisms.  He enjoyed doing antique restoration, woodworking, fishing, gardening and loved playing tennis.

Survivors include three daughters, Jane (Joseph) Falcone, of Silver Creek; Sarah (Jeffery) Morrison, of Atlanta, GA; Clare (Mark) Hartigan, of Atlanta, GA; three sons Philip (Michael Fressola) Schuster, of Brooklyn; Thomas (Jamie) Schuster, of Huntsville, AL; and Peter (Sandra) Schuster, of Cumming, GA. Also surviving are his loving companion Martha Burroughs of Van Buren Bay & Pittsburgh, 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by Mary Patricia Reynolds Schuster and a sister Irene Krajic.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning, March 25th from Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Day Street, Fredonia, at 10:30 am with Rt. Rev. William Franklin, Bishop of WNY and Rev. Helen Sam, officiating.  A reception with the family will follow in the parish hall.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, 120 Wall Street, 13th Floor New York, NY 10005-3902 or to Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Day Street, Fredonia, NY 14063 or to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 16 West 4th Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on March 7th, 2017

ButcherWBaldwinsville, NY:  Walter N. Butcher, 93, of Downer Street Road, Baldwinsville, NY died Monday, March 6th, 2017 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, following a short illness.  He was born in the Town of Villenova, on November 5, 1923, the son of the late Edwin and Lucy (Dailey) Butcher.

Mr. Butcher was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1941 and attended the University of Minnesota.  He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and worked as a Director of Marketing & Planning for the former Agway, Inc. Syracuse, NY, for 40 years.

Mr. Butcher was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Baldwinsville, J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville and was involved with Dairy Activities of the New York State Fair for over 40 years.  He was Past President of the New York State Dairy Exhibits Inc., the United States Pony Trotting Association and the New York State Shetland Pony Association, was a former member of the Rotary Club in Canandaigua and he served 3 terms as Alderman for the City of Canandaigua.  Mr. Butcher was also a very active sports player, still playing golf in December.

Survivors include his wife Marilynn (Campbell) Butcher, a resident of Elderwood in Liverpool, NY, whom he married August 20, 1949, in the Forestville United Methodist Church, a daughter, Judy (Paul) Calaway, of Olmsted Falls, OH.  Also surviving are 3 grandchildren Joshua, Matthew & Julie Calaway all of Olmstead Falls, OH and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 6 brothers, Norris Butcher, Wayne Butcher, Laurence Butcher, Robert Butcher, Donald Butcher, Wayne Jones and a foster daughter Doris Young.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock with Pastor Kenneth Spink of Berea Baptist Church, Berea, OH.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover, where Graveside Military Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville. The family suggests memorials be made either to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953 PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the First United Methodist Church, 17 West Genesee Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on February 24th, 2017

SHERIDAN:  Martha Lucas, 87, of King Road, Forestville, was lifted up to heaven, Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  She was born in Dunkirk, on July 5, 1929, the daughter of the late John and Anna (Kupiec) Urbanik.

Mrs. Lucas helped run many family farms in Forestville, then in Sheridan.  Her talents, which she lovingly shared with others, included knitting, sewing, needlework, crafts and doing crossword puzzles.  She often told stories of growing up to eager listeners at family gatherings.  Mrs. Lucas was an extraordinary cook and baker, always making sure no visitor left her kitchen hungry.  Her strong Christian faith was evident in her daily life and kind deeds.  Friends and family were blessed to know her and she will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband Charles W. Lucas, of Sheridan, whom she married 68 years ago on June 5, 1948, two sons Steven (Susan) Lucas, of Sheridan; Daniel Lucas, of New Jersey; two daughters, Ann Lucas, of Pennsylvania; Mary (Charles) Mills, of Fredonia; a sister, Adele Anzalone, of Buffalo; and a brother, Edward Urbanik, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren Steven (Dianna) Lucas, Jr. of South Dayton, Andrew Constantinides of Florida, Damon (Beth) Constantinides of PA, April (Carl) Kellerman of Fredonia, Jasmine & Aurora Mills of Fredonia, 3 great grandchildren Maddie & Katie Kellerman and Jacobia Constantinides and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by 2 brothers Joseph and Walter Urbanik and 4 sisters Helen Urbanik, Katherine Klocko, Sophie Loeb and Victoria Ryby.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm from Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church, 39 Matteson Street, Fredonia, NY, with Rev. Jim LaBarr officiating.

Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Town of Sheridan, NY.

Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.

mark on February 19th, 2017

YoungbergNDUNKIRK:  Norma L. Youngberg, 86, a resident of Symphony Living, Washington Avenue, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a short illness.

She was born in Dunkirk, on May 8, 1930, the daughter of the late Henry J. and Marion (Golden) Wills.  Mrs. Youngberg was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1948, at one time she worked for Forestville Central School in the cafeteria and was employed by the Office of the Aging as manager of the Forestville Senior Citizens luncheon site.

Mrs. Youngberg was a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church, the Pioneer Social Club, Forestville, Forestville Chapter #247, Order of Eastern Star, where she was a Past Matron in both 1973 & 2000, was Grand Color Bearer for the State of New York in 1984 and was a Past President of the former Forestville Fireman’s Auxiliary, of which she was very active.  She enjoyed doing charcoal drawings, acrylic paintings and loved gardening.

Survivors include two sons Donald (Peg) Youngberg, of Forestville; Kenneth Youngberg, of Dunkirk; three daughters, Susan Korbar, of Gowanda; Gail Frederickson, of South Dayton; and Shannon (Walter) Szablewski, of Forestville.   Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Gerald E. Youngberg, whom she married January 1, 1949 and who died August 30, 1985, by a sister Wilma Greenough and son-in-law Jack Korbar.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Pastor Grace Warren, of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  An Eastern Star Service will be conducted by members of Forestville Chapter #247 at 7 PM Wednesday evening in the funeral home.  Private Interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on February 14th, 2017

SmallOIRVING:  Olive R. Small, 85, of Rt. 5&20 Irving, died Saturday, February 11th, 2017, at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, following a short illness.  She was born in Irving, on May 11, 1931, the daughter of the late William and Marjorie (Billings) McClenathan.

Mrs. Small worked as a waitress for several area restaurants.  She was a former member of Silver Lodge Chapter #288 Order of Eastern Star, Silver Creek, was a former Girl Scout Leader, and Delivered Meals on Wheels.  Mrs. Small loved playing Pinochle, having games on Saturday nights, was an avid snowmobiler, enjoyed bowling, doing ceramics, stained glass, knitting, crocheting and traveling.  She traveled both on motorcycle and in the motor home, taking her grandchildren many times.  Mrs. Small also traveled to Ireland.  She raised several seeing-eye dogs and was an avid dog lover all her life.  “Max” and “Noble” were her last 2 very special boys.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Willis P. Small of Irving, whom she married on October 16, 1948, in Irving.  three daughters, Paulette Barreca, of Sheridan; Patricia, (Bob Wilcox) Small, of Titusville, FL; and Kathleen Small, of Bradford, MA, 2 grandchildren Nicole Barreca and Jason (Jamie) Barreca and 2 great grandchildren Jacob & Sophia.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by 4 brothers Irving, Donald, Maynard & Harold McClenathan and by 5 sisters Edith Skrzypek, Anna Mae Leitten, Alice Taylor, Marjorie Jane McClenathan and Naomi Boguhn.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday morning from 11am-12pm, from where A Memorial Service will follow at 12 PM, with Rev. Yvonne Fancher officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Sunset Bay Fire Dept., 12798 Allegany Road, Sunset Bay Irving, NY 14081.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on February 10th, 2017

DUNKIRK:  Celia Grochmal, 85, of McKinley Avenue, Dunkirk, died Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.  She was born in Cheektowaga, NY on February 18, 1931, the daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Nowicki) Grochmal.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church, Dunkirk.  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday, from 10-11 am, from where A Catholic Burial Service will follow at 11 o’clock with Father Dennis Riter officiating.

Private Interment will be in Jolls Cemetery, Perrysburg.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on February 10th, 2017

HaldaneDSILVER CREEK:  Donna J. Haldane, 85, of Hanover Road, Silver Creek, died Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at the Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  She was born in Toronto Ontario, Canada on March 27, 1931, the daughter of the late Donald H. and Jean (McGranican) Lawrence.

Mrs. Haldane enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking & cooking.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Stuart J. Haldane, three daughters, Cheryl Leone, Tammy Thompson, Heather Sinclair, a son, Michael (Helene) Haldane and a brother, Donald L. (Lois) Lawrence.  Also surviving are grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a great granddaughter Cherish P. Leone.

Services are private and at the convenience of family.

The family suggests memorials may be made to American Heart Association PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on February 8th, 2017

FrontutoGGOWANDA:  Gerald Frontuto, 80, a resident of Gowanda Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, formerly of Forestville, died Monday, February 6th, 2017 at his residence.  He was born in Bloomfield, MI on December 20, 1936, the son of the late Rocco and Violet (Haveman) Frontuto.

Mr. Frontuto was a Vietnam Veteran having served in both the Army and Navy, receiving the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm.  He worked as a Security Guard for Pinkerton, Dunkirk.  Mr. Frontuto was a member of Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390 and a former member of the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593.  He enjoyed watching TV westerns.

Survivors include two sisters, Betty (Joe) Lansky, Jr., of Monroe Falls, OH; Rosealie Braymiller, of Fredonia, seven brothers, Robert Frontuto, of Forestville; Joseph (Helen) Frontuto, of Ripley; Charles Frontuto, and Peter (Carol) Frontuto, both of Jamestown; Paul (Marsha) Frontuto, of Forestville; Edward (Dorothy) Frontuto, of Ruskin, FL and Elmer (Pat) Frontuto, of Jamestown.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 brothers William “Buddy” Peter Frontuto and Alfred “Butch” Frontuto, a sister Evelyn Brown, 3 nephews Joseph D., Robert W. & Brian K. Frontuto, a niece Doris Mead and 2 great nephews Joey Kunch and Ricky Hale.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday morning from 10-11 am, from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock,with Pastor Grace Warren of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Military Services will be conducted in the Funeral Home by members of the Dunkirk Joint Veteran’s Council.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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