mark on March 23rd, 2020

RilesWFORESTVILLE:  Warren H. Riles, CFSP, 79, of Main Street, Forestville, died Friday, March 20th, 2020, at Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, from metastatic esophageal cancer which was diagnosed in January 2019.  Even though he was only there a week, he received excellent care from their staff.  He was born in Canonsburg, PA on December 4, 1940, the son of the late James A. and Florence E. (Houston) Riles.

Mr. Riles was a graduate of Palmyra Macedon High School, Class of 1959, a graduate of Syracuse University and a graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Class of 1968.

He was a Licensed Funeral Director in both New York State & Pennsylvania and currently was President of Riles & Woolley, Inc., Forestville, which co-owns Riles & Woolley Funeral Home and Riles & Woolley Monuments.  He moved to Forestville on January 20, 1969, purchased the former Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel in Forestville almost 50 years ago, on December 15, 1970 and changed the name to Riles Funeral Home.  Mr. Riles started Riles & Woolley Monuments in April 1989 with Mark Woolley and formed Riles & Woolley, Inc. in 2001.  He served as a Chautauqua County Coroner for 41 years, retiring on June 27, 2018 and served as Chief Coroner for the last 9 years, where he participated with Starflight in numerous Mock DWI Crash Programs at many area high schools.

Mr. Riles was a member of many organizations including but not limited to; the National Funeral Director’s Association, the New York State Funeral Director’s Association, where he served on the Board as a former Super Region A Director, past member of the Budget & Finance Committee, Family Assistance Commission and Ad Hoc Committee, the Director’s Choice Credit Union serving as Secretary/Treasurer, the Chautauqua County Funeral Director’s Association, where he served as President for many years, a member of Erie Lodge #22 IOOF, Hanover Masonic Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville, the Chautauqua County Police Chief’s Association, the American Guild of Organists, the Sons of the American Revolution, Newtown Battle Chapter and was currently President of the Forestville Cemetery Association.

He was a past member of the Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Services Council for 30 years, the New York State Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners, where he served as 1st Vice President and was an exempt member of the Forestville Fire Department, where in the early 1970′s he served as Captain of the Rescue Squad and donated a hearse to be used as the first ambulance.  Mr. Riles also served on many Board’s for the former Village of Forestville and was a member and past President of the original Forestville Band Boosters.

Survivors include a brother, James G. (Beverly) Riles, of Bloomfield, NY, three nephews and two nieces.  Also surviving are special friends Mark, Ann, and Lynanne Woolley of Forestville, Michael Woolley of Chicago, IL and Matthew, Lindsey, Jason, Bryan & Madalynn Ellis of Fredonia.

Visitation and a Memorial Service for the public will be held at a later date when restrictions for funerals and public places are removed.  Private Funeral Services were held Sunday and private interment will be in the Forestville Cemetery.

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 and share memories, go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 17th, 2020

PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO THE FUNERAL SERVICE DUE TO NEW MANDATES BY THE CDC & NYS AS OF 4:30PM MONDAY EVENING.  THE FUNERAL SERVICE WILL NOW BE PRIVATE, DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO ALLOW MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE IN THE FUNERAL HOME AT ONE TIME.  PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER THIS WHILE ATTENDING VISITING HOURS.

MeierCIRVING:  Charles J. Meier, 78, of Versailles Road, Irving, died Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at his residence, following some health issues.  He was born in Colden, NY on November 2, 1941, the son of the late Clarence and Marian (Barkewitz) Meier.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman 3rd Class during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Meier was a truck driver for 50 years, including the former Ohio Fast Freight and the former Detroit Pittsburgh Motor Freight, Detroit, MI.  He loved farming, enjoyed camping and getting together with family.

Survivors include his wife Frances E. (Blackowski) Meier of Irving, whom he married on September 12, 1970, in Brant, a daughter, Tania (Peter) Smith, of Forestville; three sisters, Pat (Ron) Kobel, of Farnham; Barb Mumford, of Clearfield, PA; Sandra Morris, of Silver Creek; two brothers, Jim (Liz) Meier, of Rochester; David (Donna) Meier, of Morgantown, KY, two grandchildren Peter (Precious) Smith and Buck Smith both of Forestville and was the proud great grandfather of Peter Jacob Smith. Also surviving are special friends Joan Weston and family.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Cheryl Meier.

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 PRIVATE Funeral Services will be held Friday morning, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Military services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9495 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on March 13th, 2020

KrantzJ2FORESTVILLE:  John Krantz, 95, of Chestnut Street, Forestville, died Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at his residence, following a short illness.  He was born in Glen Rock, NJ on November 29, 1924, the son of the late Newton R. and Margaret L. (MacNeill) Krantz.

Mr. Krantz was a graduate of Ridgewood High School, Class of 1942.  He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WW II. Mr. Krantz owned the former John Krantz Painting & Decorating in Glen Rock, NJ, for over 40 years.  He was a member of the Ambulance Corps in Glen Rock, NJ for 30 years, a member of the American Legion for 71 years, the Sunset Drifters Snowmobile Club of Silver Creek, a life member of the Ismailia Shriners and an antique car enthusiast.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, attending auctions, refinishing furniture and was an avid snowmobiler.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Jim) Markham, of Forestville; a son, John (Toni) Krantz, of Glen Rock, NJ and three grandchildren Emily, Olivia and Lewis Markham.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Priscilla Ann (Titus) Krantz, whom he married in 1954 and a sister Cynthia Clark.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday from 1-3 pm, from where a Memorial Service will be held at 3 o’clock.  Military services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062 or Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on March 4th, 2020

SnyderJLAONA:  Jeanine I. Snyder, 91, of Wilson Road, Laona died Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at the WCA Home Assisted Living Facility, Fredonia, following a short illness with cancer.  She was born in Jamestown, NY on January 15, 1929, the daughter of the late Wesley D. and Violet (Sweet) Langworthy.

Mrs. Snyder was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1946 and was a graduate of the former Roberts Beauty School in Buffalo, in 1947.

Mrs. Snyder & Mae Hemphill co-owned the former Jeanne-Mae Beauty Shop on Main Street in Forestville from 1947-1948, then relocated to Water Street in Forestville, opening her own shop, Jeanine’s Beauty Shop. She remained there for 6 years and then moved to Laona in 1954 and continued there until 2011, retiring around the age of 82.

Mrs. Snyder was a devoted and active member of Laona United Methodist Church, where she served as President of the UMW for many years, was a choir member, held several offices and worked on many committees.  In 1996, she performed “Generation Rag” in the Fredonia Opera House with the “Energizers”.  Mrs. Snyder had a love for music & dance and appreciated her church family very much.  She will be sadly missed by her family & friends.

Survivors include two daughters, Lorene (Stefan) Mayr, of Sheridan; Bonnie Brinson, of Bradenton, FL; a sister, Geraldine Piede, of Greensboro, NC; and a brother, Richard (Mary) Langworthy, of Sheridan.  Also surviving are two grandchildren Stefanie Jo (Michael Deming) Mayr of Canisteo, NY & Jason Kenneth (Christy) Mayr of Decatur, GA, two great grandchildren Violet & Willa Mayr and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband of almost 58 years, Kenneth L. Snyder, whom she married in Silver Creek on August 14, 1948 and who died July 2, 2006, son-in-law Dan Brinson who died in April 2014 and brother-in-law Louis Piede who died March 5, 2009.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 5-7 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning, at 11 o’clock from the Laona United Methodist Church, 9636 Wilson Road, Fredonia, with Rev. Michael Spell, pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in Laona Cemetery, Town of Pomfret.

The family suggests memorials be made either to the Laona United Methodist Church, 9636 Wilson Road, Fredonia, NY 14063 or to the Charity of one’s choice.  To send condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 27th, 2020

GostomskiFweddingLITTLETON, CO:  Frances K. Gostomski, 96, of West Rafferty Gardens Avenue, Littleton, CO, formerly of Forestville, died Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at the Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, CO.  She was born in Dunkirk, on September 8, 1923, the daughter of the late George and Joann (Bekeleski) Kuciapinski.

Mrs. Gostomski was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1942.  She worked as a Technician for the former Forbes & Wagner in Silver Creek, for 3 years and during WWII, she worked on aircraft for the former Curtis Wright Co., Buffalo.  Mrs. Gostomski was a member of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, Forestville, and the St. Rose Society, which she was an original organizer of the society and has been involved in many Lawn Fetes & activities, was a former member of the Kosciuszko Club, Dunkirk, was a supporter of the Holy Angels Society of Niagara University and was a long time Election Inspector.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, traveling & was an avid reader.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Hahn, of Owasso, OK; Denise Geagan, of Rochester Hills, MI; Debra Sehon, of Littleton, CO; and a son, David (Margaret) Gostomski, of Kingsport, TN.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren, twenty-three great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Leo Gostomski, whom she married May 16, 1945 in St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville and who died April 21, 1982, by her loving companion Alfred Arnold who died July 3, 2009, by three sisters Julia Denton, Florence Plezewski, Esther Arnold, two brothers Chester & William Kuciapinski and by an infant brother Adam Kuciapinski.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday FROM 2-6 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, Center Street, Forestville, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, 165 Central Avenue Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 26th, 2020

SlawsonPFORESTVILLE:  Patricia J. Slawson, 86, of Forestville, died Monday, February 24th, 2020.   She was born in the Town of Arkwright, on June 17, 1933, the daughter of the late Peter and Virginia (Tylock) Brooks.

She worked as a Cafeteria Cashier for Fredonia Central School, for 3 years.  Mrs. Slawson also was very involved with the former Chadakoin Farms, Forestville, conducting tours for many school students, hosting over 1000 students in a season. She was a Hairdresser and a Waitress, having worked for the former David’s Country Manor and the former Vineyard Restaurant.  Mrs. Slawson was a former member of the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, Ladies Auxiliary.

She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, as her family was her proudest accomplishment.  Mrs. Slawson loved to dance the polka, the color pink and watch hummingbirds on her feeders.  She enjoyed baking cookies with her grandchildren.  Mrs. Slawson also enjoyed a glass of wine while surrounded by her family, laughing & playing games.  She was our best friend, our strength, our joy and filled our lives with love and will be deeply missed forever by her children & grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Richard N. Slawson of Forestville, whom she married on August 8, 1987, in the Town of Hanover, four daughters, Kim Ryon, of Naples, FL; Brenda (Donald) Burgun, of Westfield; Pam (William) Hanson, Jr., of Naples, FL; Diane Polisoto, of Southern Pines, NC; a son, Scott (Virginia) Kawski, of Harborcreek, PA; two step daughters, Bethany (Doug) DeJoe, of Gig Harbor, WA; Melinda (Kim) Slawson, of Ithaca; a step son, Dana (Sharmila) Slawson, of Los Angeles, CA; a sister, Joyce Josephson, of Cassadaga, three brothers, Gordon (Mary) Brooks and Donald (Dorothy) Brooks, both of Spring, TX; Jim (Sally) Brooks, of Jamestown and Marilee Brooks of Kennedy.  Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her son-in-law Thomas Ryon, two sisters Esther Brooks and Betty Johnson, three brothers Al, Richard and Robert Brooks and a grandson Nathan Polisoto.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday afternoon from 3-5 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held at 5 o’clock with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 1st, 2020

GizowskiADUNKIRK:  Ann Gizowski, 92, a resident of the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at her residence.  Mrs. Gizowski was born in Bradford, PA on February 8, 1927, the daughter of the late Louis and Ruth E. (Grant) Rounds.

She attended Forestville High School and worked as a Nurse’s Aide for the former Chautauqua County Home Dunkirk.  Mrs. Gizowski previously worked for many years for the former A&P in Dunkirk as a Meat Cutter.  She and her late husband, Stanley, operated a Dairy Farm in Arkwright from 1959-1986 and she also worked for the NYS Thruway Authority as a Toll Collector in Ripley. Mrs. Gizowski was a member of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, Forestville and she loved sewing and building doll houses, doing jigsaw puzzles, coloring & paint by number.  Mrs. Gizowski donated her body to the University of Buffalo’s Anatomical Gift Program.

Survivors include two daughters, Veronica “Dolly” (David) Curll, of Florida; Diantha (Warren) Wolfe, of Forestville; two sons Stanley (Judy) Gizowski, Jr., and Alex (Carol) Gizowski, both of Forestville; two sisters, Betty Crowell, of Florida; Lois Woodward, of Hamburg; and a brother, Daniel (Penny) Hardy, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her stepfather Merle Hardy, who raised her, her husband Stanley Gizowski, Sr., whom she married on November 20, 1943 and who died June 16, 1992, by two sisters Elma Gould and Helen Bates and two brothers Kenneth & Lawrence Hardy.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday morning, February 8, 2020 at 10 o’clock from St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville, with Rev. James Walter, officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made either to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the 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

mark on January 27th, 2020

BallJFORESTVILLE:  Joyce A. Ball, 86, of Bennett State Road, Forestville, died Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at Dunkirk Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.  She was born in the Town of Hanover, on October 28, 1933, the daughter of the late Adelbert and Dora (Springer) Congdon.

Mrs. Ball was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1951 and worked as a Real Estate Broker for ERA Real Estate, Fredonia.  She was a member of the Fredonia Garden Club and the Fredonia Exercise Club.  Mrs. Ball enjoyed growing flowers.

Survivors include her husband David R. Ball, of Forestville, whom she married 67 years ago on July 17, 1952, in Forestville, a son, D. Jeffrey (Laura) Ball, of Forestville; and a sister, Carol (Kenneth) Loue, of Fairport.  Also surviving are four grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a daughter Susan L. Ricotta, who died June 21, 2013 and a sister Beverly Congdon.

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. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 25th, 2020

CrowellNelsonBROOKSVILLE, FL:  Rev. Nelson Deforest Crowell, a retired pastor with the Wesleyan Church, age 92, of Rambler Drive, Brooksville, FL, formerly of Dye Road, Forestville, passed away Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 at his Florida residence.   He was born at home on the family farm in Forestville on September 4, 1927, the son of the late Earle and Lora (Marsh) Crowell.

He attended the former one room Ball Hill Schoolhouse next to the Forestville Wesleyan Church and later graduated from Forestville Central School, Class of 1945.  He took a gap year to work for his brother-in-law, Larry Olson, who owned a construction company.  Leaving Olson Builders, he went to Houghton College for Theology and Ministry.  Often, he would offer a ride to Betty Wolfe to their family homes in Forestville.  Her family farm was down in the valley below the Crowell homestead.  These trips led to finding something special about each other and eventually led to their marriage on June 14, 1949.  He graduated from Houghton College in 1950.

Mr. Crowell’s first church was just a few miles from where they attended college in a little hamlet called Higgins.  Together they learned to utilize each of their ministerial gifts.  While there, they adopted two young beautiful twin girls: Sharon and Karen.  Mr. Crowell and his wife, Betty, were asked to move to Lyndonville to pastor the Hess Road Wesleyan Church.  He would occasionally deliver mail for the US Postal Service to make ends meet.  This church grew under their ministry and due to his skills, he was asked to start a church on Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga.

One of his favorite pastimes was to take the girls to watch the planes land at the Buffalo International Airport.  He would spread a blanket over the hood of the car so they could lay on it while the planes were going over their heads.  The family grew again as they were asked to adopt a baby from the Rochester area.  Stephen was added to the Crowell family.  Shortly after, Mr. Crowell left the pastorate to again help his brother-in-law to help build his growing business.  He worked as a building foreman.  Together they built churches, dormitories, a school, office buildings and a library.  Mr. Crowell was noted to be a stickler for details and because of this trait, the company continued to grow.  His passion for ministry never seemed to go away.  Mr. Crowell would fill in for others as they went on vacation and he also filled the Forestville Wesleyan pulpit for several months as the pastor went on a mission’s trip.  Eventually, he and Betty returned to ministry at the Fillmore Wesleyan Church and they retired from the Little Valley Wesleyan Church.

Upon retirement, they returned to Betty’s family home on Dye Road in Forestville for the summers and they purchased a winter home in Brooksville, Florida.  They eventually moved to the Wesleyan Village where they could become more active with the day to day events.  They especially loved the evening events where they got together with friends.  While there, Mr. Crowell became known as the “Tax Man”.  He volunteered for the AARP each spring to help prepare individual’s taxes at the various sites around the Brooksville area.  Often, if people were not able to go to these sites, he would go to their homes.  He also filled much of his time helping others remodel their homes.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Gerald) Eignman, of Cheektowaga; Sharon Parker, of Silver Creek; and a son Rev. Stephen (Kristan) Crowell, of Belmont, NY.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a grandson Stephen Crowell, Jr., by a brother Richard Crowell and by two sisters Audrey Olsen and Edith Crowell.  Friends are welcome to call at the Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9495 Prospect Road, Forestville on Saturday, February 22 from 10-11 o’clock, from where A Celebration of Life will be follow at 11 o’clock with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Wesleyan Church Building Fund, 9495 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on January 14th, 2020

FORESTVILLE:  Anthony J. “Tony” Polvino, Jr., 40, of Pearl Street, Forestville, died Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a short illness.  He was born in Jamestown, on May 4, 1979, the son of Anthony J. Polvino, Sr., of Forestville and the late Linda (Kubasik) Polvino.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1997 and worked as a Serviceman for NAPA Auto Parts for 15 years, currently in Silver Creek.  Mr. Polvino enjoyed bowling, hunting, archery and riding his motorcycle.

Besides his father survivors include several aunts, uncles & cousins.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

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.