FORESTVILLE: Scott K. Skeels, 39, of Hanover Road, Forestville, passed away Friday, August 26th 2016 at his residence. He was born in Gowanda, on May 18, 1977, the son of Deborah (Wade) Dubaj, of Gowanda.
Mr. Skeels was a graduate of Gowanda Central School and served in the US Army for 10 years. He enjoyed living in the country.
Survivors include his wife Corinne V. (Phelps) Skeels, whom he married on July 11, 1999, in Perrysburg, a son Jacob Skeels, of Forestville; two daughters, Shauna Skeels, Traiya Skeels, a sister, Margaret Skeels and a brother, Jeff Skeels. Also surviving are his grandmother Anne Wade, an uncle Bill (Barb) Wade an aunt Wendy (Ed) Springer and several nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by his grandfather Ken Wade. Services are private and at the convenience of family. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike #420, Rockville, MD 20850. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
WESTFIELD: Loretta M. Raynor, 80, a resident of Absolut at Westfield, formerly of Forestville, died Sunday, July 31st, 2016, at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA, following a short illness. She was born in Titusville, PA on May 23, 1936, the daughter of the late George and Christina (Morris) Skelly.
Mrs. Raynor was a graduate of Brocton Central School, Class of 1954, worked for many local greenhouses and was a very active member of Sheridan United Methodist Church Sheridan, working with their Helping Hands Program. She enjoyed gardening and eating at local diners and loved her 2 cats “Bibs” & “Tamale”, which she rescued from the Humane Society.
Survivors include several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Ivan E. Raynor, Jr. who died August 3, 2013, by two brothers George Skelly, Jr., Donald Skelly and by a sister Rosemary Tadt.
There will be no visitation observed. Graveside Services will be held at Portland Evergreen Cemetery, Webster Road, Portland on Saturday morning, August 20th at 10 o’clock with Pastor Molly T. Galando, from the First United Methodist Church, Fredonia, officiating.
The family suggests memorials may be made either to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street Dunkirk, NY 14048 or Forestville Fire Department Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
SILVER CREEK: Esther C. Griewisch, 94, a resident of TLC/HN-Nursing Facility, formerly of Burgess Street, Silver Creek, died Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at her residence, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Silver Creek, on October 13, 1921, the daughter of the late Hugo and Christine (Woelfle) Griewisch.
Ms. Griewisch was a graduate of Silver Creek High School, Class of 1939 and began her banking career with the former Silver Creek National Bank and continued for 33 years, retiring as an Assistant Trust Officer. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church Silver Creek, where she served as Treasurer for many years and was a former Treasurer for the Salvation Army.
Survivors include a first cousin Carolyn Padden, Godchild Deborah Joyce and lifelong friend Anna Frederickson of Silver Creek. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brother Louis J. Griewisch, who was killed in action during WWII on January 6, 1945.
There will be no visitation observed. Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Porter Avenue, Silver Creek, with Rev. Travis Grubbs, pastor officiating. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Porter Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FORESTVILLE: Gail P. Rankin, 78, of Whitaker Road, Forestville, passed away, at her residence, Sunday, August 7th, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Dunkirk, on November 16, 1937, the daughter of the late Aloysius and Helen (Bankoski) Allenbrand.
She had owned a business and had been gainfully employed over the years. Mrs. Rankin was the proud and caring mother to her five children. She was also a devoted and loving grandmother to her six granddaughters, providing wisdom and love. Mrs. Rankin has touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her five children, Craig Rankin, of Forestville; Marla Carter, of Jamestown; Laura (Jeff) Ball, of Forestville; Sandy Hanley, of Panama; Keith Rankin, of Dunkirk; three sisters, Cecile Pacos, Dorothy Panveralla,Yvonne Karr and a brother, Tony (Diane) Allenbrand. Also surviving are six granddaughters-Kimberly Hanley, Lisa Carter, Natalie Ball, Sara Carter, Angela Carter, Ashley Ball and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her beloved husband Ronald E. Rankin, whom she married on October 19, 1957 and who died February 13, 2015 and her brother Dennis Allenbrand.
There will be no visitation observed. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM on Saturday, August 27th at St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville.
Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com
FORESTVILLE: Barbara Mae (Summerlee) Nederland Tower, passed from this Earth on July 9, 2016, after a long and brave battle with cancer. She was born on June 20, 1931, the daughter of the late Harlow and Dorothy Summerlee.
A Forestville resident most of her entire life, she graduated from Forestville Central School, Class of 1948. Mrs. Tower was a patriot. During WWII, at the age of 12, she collected scrap metal for the war effort.
After attending college at Cortland, she joined the United States Navy in 1952, serving as a hospital corpsman aboard the USNS Eldon H. Johnson, during the Korean War. Mrs. Tower loved softball. A lifetime player, she pitched slow pitch softball well into her 70s for various teams. She was well known for her skill and love of the game. At one time, she played for the former Koch’s Annies, a semi-pro softball team. While on active duty and stationed at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, Mrs. Tower captained and played for the Marine Corps women’s softball team, traveling the East Coast playing against other military teams. She returned home to Forestville and had four children-Jeffry, Jodi, Jon and Jay.
Mrs. Tower became a rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, working for 21 years and retiring in 1997. Upon her retirement, she began volunteering with the Forestville Food Pantry and continued to do so until shortly before her death. Mrs. Tower belonged to Fingers of Hope, a group that knits mittens & hats and sews quilts & burial gowns for those in need. She also knitted hats for premature babies for several hospitals across the country. Mrs. Tower made and sent scarves to the Seaman Christian Institute for sailors serving aboard ships in the Navy. She also sent care packages to deployed military members through the Warmth for Warriors Project.
Mrs. Tower was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville and was honored as the Grand Marshall of the 2014 Fall Festival Parade.
Survivors include a daughter Jodi Nederland (Kevin) Johnson, two sons Jon (Diane) Tower and Jay Tower, all of Forestville and a sister Ruth Payne of Lehigh Acres, FL. Also surviving are four grandchildren, MSGT Heather (Miller) Shelton of Colorado Springs, CO, Kyal Johnson, Lynsey Johnson and Breanna Rohauer, all of Forestville, six great grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband Jack Nederland and by her second husband Marden “Rocky” Tower, a son, Jeffry Nederland and her friend and companion John Reardon.
Mrs. Tower requested that there be no funeral and in fact, she donated her remains to the University of Buffalo, School of Medicine. There will be a Celebration of her Life held on August 20th at 3 pm, at J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, 6 Cedar Street, Forestville.
Jodi, Jon & Jay request that Barbara Mae’s friends and family attend the celebration and bring their stories of Barb to share. Memorial Donations may be made in her memory either to the Forestville Food Pantry, PO Box 309, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Barb Tower Scholarship for Forestville Senior Girls Softball Players, C/O Jodi N. Johnson, 24 Lodi Street, Forestville, NY 14062.
Local Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com
SOUTH DAYTON: August “Gus” L. Szymanski, 91, of Cottage Road, South Dayton, died Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at his son’s residence, Fredonia. He was born in the Town of Dayton, on December 14, 1924, the son of the late Walter and Katherine (Pyza) Szymanski.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 as a Sgt. during the Korean War and worked for the former Peter Cooper Corporation, Gowanda. Mr. Szymanski was a member of South Dayton American Legion Post #1593 and took great pride in canning many fruits & vegetables (especially pickles) for all of his extended families. He loved hunting deer & trapping.
Survivors include a son, Dennis (Janet) Szymanski, of Fredonia, 2 grandchildren- Amber (Kevin) Powell of Portland and Trevor Szymanski of Fredonia, 3 great grandchildren Hope, Josh & Hannah Powell and several nieces & nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Marjorie I. (Ruckh) Szymanski, whom he married June 24, 1950 in the former St. John Fisher RC Church, South Dayton and who died June 6, 2012, by two sisters Ann Williamson and Bertha Milks and by three brothers Major, Frederick and Chester Szymanski.
There will be no visitation observed. A Private Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorials may be made to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc., 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.
Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FORESTVILLE: Bertram T. Sharp, 63, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk. He was born in Pottsville, PA on November 23, 1952, the son of the late Thomas B. and Clara (Bowen) Sharp.
He served in the U.S. Marines from 1971-1975 as a Sgt and worked as a Correction Officer for the New York State Department of Corrections, Gowanda, retiring after 24 years. He previously drove bus for Greyhound from 1978-1988. Mr. Sharp enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, 4 wheeling, traveling with his wife and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Susan K. (Bolga) Sharp, of Forestville, whom he married March 18, 1989, in Woodlawn, three daughters, Shannon Sharp, Jennifer Sharp, both of Buffalo; Megan Sharp, of Forestville; a son, Thomas Sharp, of Forestville; two brothers, James (Janet) Sharp, of Reading, PA; and Richard Sharp, of Ft. Myers, FL. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren- Kayla & Imran, Kobe, Kierra, Bryan and Samantha, 1 great grandchild Nadia and several nieces & nephews.
Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
SILVER CREEK: Lynn M. Shanahan, 59, of Rix Place, Silver Creek, died Friday, June 24th, 2016 at her residence, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Buffalo, on July 28, 1956, the daughter of Deryl (Mahoney) Ruth, of Conewango Valley and the late Ronald Ruth, Sr.
Mrs. Shanahan was a graduate of South Park High School and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for Lake Shore Nursing Home for 17 years and for Absolut of Dunkirk, for 10 years. Her grandchildren were her favorite hobby.
Surviving besides her mother are her husband Michael R. Shanahan, of Silver Creek, whom she married on December 5, 1985, in West Seneca, two daughters, Tammi Smith, of Brant; Renee (Brian) Beadle, of Silver Creek; three sons Anthony (Michelle) Pacifici, Aaron (Jessica) Shanahan, Justin Shanahan, all of of Silver Creek; and a half sister, Dawn (Gian) Brown, of Las Vegas, NV. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides her father she was predeceased by a brother Ronald Ruth, Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 11 o’clock. The family suggests memorials may be made to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fairmount Avenue Lakewood, NY 14750. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FREDONIA: Phyllis R. Paul, 86, a resident of WCA Home, Temple Street, Fredonia, formerly of New York Avenue, Dunkirk & Forestville, died Sunday, June 26th, 2016. She was born in the Town of Villenova, on September 5, 1929, the daughter of the late Vincent and Ruth (Danker) Crowell.
Mrs. Paul was a graduate of the former South Dayton High School and worked as a Head Cook for the former JN Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg, for 28 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church Dunkirk and also a member of the Red Hat Society. Mrs. Paul loved reading, sewing, traveling and especially her dog “Princess”.
Survivors include a son, David (Sue) Polisoto, of Albion; a daughter, Diane (Deb) Aylor-Polisoto, of Lewes, DE; a step son, Dennis (Gina) Paul, two step daughters, Marianne (Robert) John and Maureen (David) Wofford and a brother, Norton Crowell, of Cherry Creek. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Gordon Paul, a step son Michael Paul, 3 brothers Donald, Harley & Laurence Crowell and by a sister Barbara Ann Morales.
Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Helen Sam and Rev. Yvonne Fancher, Associate Rectors of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Dunkirk, officiating. Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery, Town of Villenova.
The family suggests memorials may be made either to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, PO Box 14, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to WCA Home, 134 Temple Street, Fredonia, NY 14063. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FORESTVILLE: Robert A. Eacker, 82, of Center Street, Forestville, died Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a lengthy illness. He was born in the Town of Sheridan, on March 4, 1934, the son of the late Richard and Lucy (Robinson) Eacker.
He served two terms in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife Eileen R. (Wagner) Eacker of Forestville, whom he married in Brookings, SD on March 14, 1964, three sons Gary Eacker, of Virginia Beach, VA; Todd Eacker, of Naples, FL; Christopher (Kim) Eacker, of Richardson, TX; three daughters, Kathleen (Joe) Bringley, of Rochester; Julie (Jeff) Metzgar, of Palm Harbor, FL; Carol (Bill) Cryan, of Katona, NY; one brother, one sister, 11 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild & several nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his father-in-law & mother-in-law Allen & Bernadine Wagner.
There will be no visitation observed. Private Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family and Interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.