mark on November 11th, 2017

FrostEFORESTVILLE:  Eugene M. Frost, 62, of Creek Road, Forestville, died Monday, November 6th, 2017 at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo.  He was born in Dunkirk on April 8, 1955, the son of the late Roy and Mabel (Butcher) Frost, Sr.

Mr. Frost was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1973.  He worked for the late Dr. Clark cleaning horse stalls and trained horses for Roger Newell.  Mr. Frost was an avid football fan.

Survivors include three sisters, Caroline Carwell, of Chicago, IL; Harriet Fitzgerald, of Cassadaga; Jenny (Jack) Gallaway, of Irving; and a brother, Wayne Frost, of Forestville.  Also surviving are two nieces Laurie (Richard Austin) Wallace, Casimina (Brink) Doner and one nephew Brian Gallaway.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by two brothers Roy Frost, Jr. & LaVerne Frost.  Private Graveside Services will be at the convenience of family in Burnham Hollow Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street Johnson City, NY 13790 or 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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ASHEVILLE, NC:  Florence B. Butcher, 98, of Asheville, North Carolina, died Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.  She was born in Conewango, NY, on March 24, 1919, the daughter of the late Raymond and Myrtie (Wright) Bridenbaker.

She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1939.  Mrs. Butcher worked as a Toll Collector for the New York State Thruway Authority, was a member of the former Grapevine Rebekah Lodge #270, Forestville, a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church and a CSEA Retiree.

Survivors include 2 daughters Marcia (Mark Hubert) Gallineaux of Olean, Marlene (Dr. Gary) Whitaker of Asheville, NC, 1 sister Ethel Frangione of Jamestown and a brother George Bridenbaker of Kennedy.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, 8 greatgrandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Donald J. Butcher, whom she married June 2, 1939 and who died April 21, 2004, by three sisters Hester Beckman, Autumn Crandall, Helen Haggmark and a brother Edward Bridenbaker.

There will be no visitation observed.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11 o’clock in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Center.  A luncheon will follow at Aunt Millies

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062.  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on November 4th, 2017

KnieseIInternetObituaryDUNKIRK:  Irene Rita Kniese, 99, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Temple Road, Dunkirk, died Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at her residence, following a short illness.  She was born in Buffalo, on January 18, 1918, the daughter of the late Stanley and Sophia (Swendra) Slawinski and was always proud of her rich Polish heritage.

She is believed to be the lone surviving graduate of Forestville High School, Class of 1936 and was most respected for her love of family.  She was the wife of two term Trustee and two term Mayor of Forestville, Gerard “Bill” Kniese, whom she co-founded & operated the former Forestville Plumbing, Heating & Appliances at 8 Main Street, for over 25 years.

Mrs. Kniese was a lifetime member of Forestville United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star, Forestville Chapter #247, was an active member of the former Forestville Volunteer Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary and played a major role in the “Grand Celebration” of the 1958 Village of Forestville Sesqui-Centennial.  The family is especially grateful for the very special attention & loving care she received at the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center and from her longtime roommate Doris Kelly.

Survivors include all three children, Carole Meadows and Ronald Kniese, both of Fredonia; and David Kniese, of Batavia.  Also surviving are Many grand & great grandchildren “so many”, she often said, that they would fill the room and spill out into the hallway.  Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by a grandson Kevin Gerard Kniese of Batavia, who died of Leukemia in 2006 at the age of 27.

Memorial Services will be held Friday morning, November 10th, at 10 o’clock, from the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, with Pastor Grace Warren, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Abbey Cemetery, Forestville, where she will join her late husband who died in 1975.

The family would be most grateful, if memorials were made either to the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Church of one’s choice.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

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CervantesSFORESTVILLE:  Sharon L. Cervantes, 67, of Chestnut Street, Forestville, died Sunday, October 29th, 2017 unexpectedly, at her residence.  She was born in Buffalo, on May 19, 1950, the daughter of the late Thaddus Stroka and June (McCann) Gostomski.

Mrs. Cervantes was currently employed in the cafeteria at Forestville Central School.

Survivors include her husband Ralph G. Cervantes, of Forestville, two sons Ralph (Kim) Cuyler, of Saginaw, MI; Todd (Tracy) Cervantes, of Fredonia; and two daughters, Tammy (Stephen) Hall, of Jefferson, GA; and Kathy (Michael) Ferneza, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 2 granddaughters and 10 grandsons.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her step father Ernest Gostomski and by a grandson Logan Hunter Ferneza.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, from where A Catholic Burial Service will be conducted Friday morning at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

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

 

mark on October 27th, 2017

 CrecraftEFORESTVILLE:  Edward H. Crecraft, 78, of Creek Road, Forestville, died Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at his residence.  He was born in Meadville, PA on October 15, 1939, the son of the late Bertha (Crecraft) Waldren Hicks.

Mr. Crecraft started working with the former Red Wing Co., Fredonia, worked 12 years for the former Agway, Inc. and then formed a partnership with the late Leo Lewis, creating Lewis & Crecraft Wiring Service.  He became sole owner in 1980, continuing until his retirement in 2002.  He later worked part-time for Riles & Woolley, Inc., Forestville.  Mr. Crecraft was a former Town of Arkwright Justice of the Peace for 5 years and the Town Supervisor for 5 years, was a member of the Gowanda Moose #1382 and was former President of the Arkwright Summit Cemetery Association.  He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Carol M. (Schroeder) Crecraft of Forestville, whom he married on October 25, 1958, in Grace Lutheran Church, Dunkirk and celebrated their 59th anniversary together on Wednesday, two daughters, Sherry Krupinski, of Manchaca, Texas; Becky (Michael) Weaver, of Forestville; a son,Russell (Marla) Crecraft, of Bend, Oregon; and a brother, Robert (Sherri) Waldren, of Meadville, PA.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his mother he was predeceased by a son Dale R. Crecraft, by a brother Richard Crecraft and by a sister Gertrude Cluff.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning, at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Arkwright Summit Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Road, Suite 105, Amherst, NY 14226.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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BunkerDFORESTVILLE: Douglas Rich Bunker, 88, of Hurlburt Road, Forestville and Buffalo, died Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a short illness.  He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 10, 1929, the son of the late Bryan Lamond and Chloe Lapriel (Strong) Bunker.

Mr. Bunker was a graduate of Las Vegas High School, Class of 1947, graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master’s degree and from Harvard University with a PhD.  He served in the Air Force and was the owner of Hanova Hills Farm, LLC, Forestville, since 1979.  Mr. Bunker was employed with the Harvard Business School Faculty and from 1967-1995 was employed with the University of Buffalo.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Buffalo and during his 50 years in Western New York, he held several positions in the church including Branch President.  Mr. Bunker’s faith was very important to him and he enjoyed farming & his family.

Survivors include his wife Barbara B. (Benedict) Bunker of Forestville and Buffalo, two daughters, Linda Bunker-Benson, of Dublin, GA; Sharon (Scott Gee) Bunker, of Niagara Falls, NY; two sons Douglas B. (Cindy) Bunker, and Hugh (Carin) Bunker, both of Salt Lake City, UT; two brothers, Allen Bunker and Gary (Carol) Bunker.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother David Bunker.

Friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 AM on Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 145 Goodell Street, Buffalo, from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock.  Private Interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to The Network of Religious Communications or the Food Bank of Western New York, 91 Holt Street, Buffalo, NY 14206.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

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mark on October 3rd, 2017

ELLICOTTVILLE:  John Kelschenbach, 58, of Dolen Drive, Ellicottville, died Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at Olean General Hospital.  He was born in Buffalo on June 16, 1959, son of the late Frank and Joyce (Buck) Kelschenbach.

Survivors include a brother, Frank Kelschenbach, of Cheektowaga.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday morning from 10-11, from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock.  Private Interment will be in Jolls Cemetery, Perrysburg.

 

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SHERIDStrawserJAN:  James R. Strawser, 67, of W. Sheridan Road, Dunkirk, passed away Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, at his residence.  He was born in Dunkirk on July 10, 1950, the son of the late Joseph F. and Jeanne (Sprissler) Strawser, Jr.

Mr. Strawser was a graduate of Fredonia High School.  He worked as a Deputy Highway Superintendent for the Town of Sheridan, for 26 years, retiring in August 2012. Mr. Strawser also owned & operated Shady Willow Grape Farm in the Town of Sheridan.  He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Dunkirk and was a member of the Grape Growers Co-op of Westfield.  Mr. Strawser enjoyed farming, growing grapes and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn E. (Brown) Strawser, of Sheridan, whom he married in 1983, a son, Matthew J. (Kathryn M.) Strawser, of Orchard Park; a daughter, Laura (James) Blasdell, of Forestville; a brother Roger (Mary) Strawser, of Dunkirk, three sisters, Donna (John M.) Shephard, of Fredonia; KathyJo (John) Hryvniak, of Spencerport; and Kelly (Joseph) Osborne, of Panama.  Also surviving are 3 grandchildren Owen Strawser, Adaline & Aiden Blasdell and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by an uncle Donald Strawser.

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 Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Sheridan Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Chautauqua County 4H, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or to Cornell Co-op Grape Research Program, 6592 West Main Road, Portland, NY 14769.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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BurauJSILVER CREEK:  June E. Burau, 91, of Old Main Road, Silver Creek, passed away Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Buffalo, on March 2, 1926, the daughter of the late William A. and Katherine (Gors) Miller.

Mrs. Burau was educated in the Buffalo School District and attended College Classes at Erie Community College.  She was President of the former Jalie Studio, Inc., Silver Creek., where she worked with her late husband Charles, for 40 yrs., retiring in the early 1990′s.  Mrs. Burau specialized in forensic photography, construction & development photography, wedding, professional, school & oil painted portraits.  At one time she worked for the former Hengerer’s Dept, Store in Buffalo, was a Legal Secretary for many insurance companies, worked as a Court Stenographer for the Town of Hanover and as a Notary of the Public.  She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek, a very active Life Member and Past President of the Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472 Ladies Auxiliary, joining in 1978, where she held many offices, member of the Chautauqua County VFW Ladies Auxiliary, TOPS, the Red Hat Society and Senior Citizens Clubs.  Mrs. Burau enjoyed family, friends, church, where she had a beautiful strong faith, vacationing & nature.  In her younger years, she enjoyed roller skating & remodeling homes with her late husband.

Survivors include two sons John (Shirley) Burau, and James (Michele) Burau, both of Silver Creek.  Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, Christina Thies, Robert Burau, & Tina Burau, 4 great grandchildren Jessica, Megan, Zander & Daniel, 2 great-great grandchildren Leon & Troy and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Charles E. Burau, who died in 1993, by 2 brothers Robert Miller (POW-MIA) & William Miller, by a sister Kathryn Jones and by a grandson-in-law Daniel Thies.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning, September 22, 2017, at 10:00 o’clock from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  Private Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, 13 Main Street, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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PfleugerWDUNKIRK:  Walter G. Pfleuger, 95, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Silver Creek & Forestville, passed away peacefully Monday, September 11th, 2017, at his residence.  He was born in Silver Creek, on April 9, 1922, the son of the late Melvin and Hattie (Gould) Pfleuger.

Mr. Pfleuger served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant during WW II, in Germany.  He worked as a Lift Truck Mechanic for the Ford Stamping Plant, Woodlawn, for 28 years and was a life member of the Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post #8647, Mayville.  Mr. Pfleuger enjoyed fishing, cars and female companionship.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Richard) Lezark, and Elaine Pfleuger, both of Derby; five sons Dwight Pfleuger, of Florida; Paul (Carol) Pfleuger, of Cheektowaga; Kevin Pfleuger, of Berea, Kentucky; Mark (Adelle) Pfleuger, of Florida; and Donn (Tammy) Pfleuger, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Harriet (Gray) Pfleuger, who died August 31, 1997, a son Glenn Pfleuger, four sisters Joyce Hazelton, Ruth Ball, Betty Pazda, Martha Lautenslaker and two brothers Lester & Raymond Pfleuger.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.  Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of family.  Private Interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.  Military Services will be conducted by members of Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post #8647 on Thursday afternoon at 3:45 in the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post #8647 Attn: Quartermaster Wayne Dunbar, PO Box 72, Mayville, NY 14757.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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