mark on August 6th, 2019

SandersD1SandersD2FREDONIA:  Master Sergeant David P. Sanders, 83, USMC Ret., of Rt. 83, Fredonia, died peacefully in Hospice at Buffalo General, Friday, August 2nd, 2019 after a very brief battle with lung cancer.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 25, 1936, the son of the late Joseph H. and Helen R. (Jadric) Sanders.

Mr. Sanders attended St. Jerome’s School and Cathedral Latin School.  Later in life, Mr. Sanders earned his Bachelors of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Sociology from SUNY Fredonia.  His interest in law led him to the elected office as Justice of the Peace in the Town of Arkwright, which he served for 17 years and also served on the Town Board.  He worked as a Welder at Ford Stamping Plant, Woodlawn, for 20 years.

Mr. Sanders joined the Marine Corps in 1953 and retired after 20 years at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant.  MSGT Sanders was assigned for many years to Marine Helicopter Squadron HMX-1, home of the Presidential Helicopter Marine One.  He served this role under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson & Nixon and was honored with the Presidential Service Medal.  He served several tours in Vietnam, most notably as an aerial gunner, flying “Hueys in VMO-2″, where he was awarded 7 Air Combat Medals, Air Crew Wings and several other decorations & distinctions.  MSGT Sanders continued serving his country and fellow veterans as a Lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, The Marine Corps League and VFW.  He served in various office roles as well as organized and participated in annual charitable fund raising events for both of these organizations for many years.  MSGT Sanders was also a dedicated supporter of MIA/POW recovery efforts.

“Griz” was fond of children, despite his gruff exterior and provided leadership to many young people through his involvement in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4H.  Mr. Sanders often served as Santa Claus, a tradition he and his wife Alice, carried on since their early years together, when they would help support the families of Marines and Sailors who were assigned overseas and were not able to be with their families.  He was an avid firearms enthusiast with a special interest in black powder muskets and firearms safety.

Mr. Sanders operated Dave’s Musket Shop in Arkwright for a number of years, was involved in Hunter Safety training and was a proud Lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.  “Griz” was a 38 year member of the 9th New York Cavalry, an organization within the North-South Skirmish Association, a national organization dedicated to historical preservation and education centering on the American Civil War.  He also served as a safety inspector and small arms expert for 15 years, helping to ensure the safety of participants in hundreds of sporting competitions.

Survivors include his wife and soul mate of 55 years, Alice M. (Austin) Sanders of Arkwright, six children Jerald (Susan), James (Jamia), Suzanne, Bruce, Timothy, and Paul (Lucia) Sanders.  Also surviving are eighteen grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and long-time family friends James (Jill) McKenna their three children and two grandchildren.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son Brian Sanders and two grandchildren Toby Brian Sanders and Lisa Dawn Sanders.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday evening from 7-9 PM and on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery, where graveside military services will be conducted.

The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made either to Vietnam Veterans of America, The Marine Corps League, any VFW or any other veteran support group.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on August 4th, 2019

OverbeckSFORESTVILLE:  Steven L. Overbeck, 61, of Walnut Street, Forestville, formerly of Silver Creek, died Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Jamestown, on September 18, 1957, the son of the late Louis and Maude (Devine) Overbeck.

Mr. Overbeck worked as a Mechanic for West Herr Ford in Hamburg, retiring after 14 years.  He also owned & operated the former Custom Iron Motorcycle Shop in Silver Creek and worked as a Motorcycle Mechanic for Twin Iron Customs in Easton, Maryland.  Mr. Overbeck enjoyed being a mechanic, fixing things and helping people.

Survivors include three sons Tim Carrow, of Arizona; Daniel Woods, Jr., of Silver Creek; Christopher Racinowski, of Forestville; two brothers, Bruce (Valerie) Overbeck, of Forestville; and Dennis Fanale, of Silver Creek. Also surviving are one granddaughter Aria Woods, several nieces & nephews and his beloved dog “Monica”.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Diane (Firman) Overbeck, who died March 8, 2008.

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 Leamon, pastor of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

mark on July 25th, 2019

BowkerHBowkerH2FORESTVILLE:  Homer “Chum” Bowker, Jr., 95, of Prospect Street, Forestville, died Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at his residence, following a short illness.  He was born in Forestville, on July 1, 1924, the son of the late Homer R. and Lucy I. (Matteson) Bowker, Sr.

Mr. Bowker was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1943, went into the US Army in 1943, completed basic training and went directly overseas.  Mr. Bowker fought in New Guinea and the Philippines.  He received two Bronze Stars & two Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf Clusters.  Mr. Bowker was severely wounded and spent many months in a Manilla hospital recovering.  He recently received his infield promotion to Sergeant for his time in Luzon.

When he came home he opened Chum’s Sunoco Service, in Forestville and operated it for 40 years.  Mr. Bowker was a member & Past Commander of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, a life member of Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek, a former member & Past Chief of Forestville Fire Department, was a Trustee for the former Village of Forestville, serving as Mayor for 8 years, was a member & Past President of the Chautauqua County Mayor’s Association, was a Councilman for the Town of Hanover for 16 years, was a member of the Forestville Bi-Centennial Committee, a past member of the Forestville Fall Festival Committee, on the Advisory Board for Evans National Bank, was in the Sheriff’s Mounted Division for 10 years, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, delivering in very rural areas and was very active with the Forestville Food Pantry.  He was Director of Little League Baseball, started softball, soccer & T-Ball for the younger kids for many years and sponsored many bowling, baseball and basketball teams.

Survivors include his wife Katherine E. “Beth” (Hitzemann) Bowker of Forestville, whom he married 40 years ago on June 1, 1979, in Forestville, a son, Bruce (Claudia) Bowker, of Amargosa Valley, NV, two grandchildren Melissa (Andrew) Bowker-Kinley of Falmouth, ME and Travis Bowker of Las Vegas, NV, three great grandchildren Alexander, Christopher & Katherine Kinley, two nieces Amy Barnheisel & Holly Jewell, two great nieces Kylee & Emma Barnheisel and a great nephew Ethan Jewell. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son Barry Bowker, who died February 21, 1998 and a brother Robert Bowker who died January 15, 2019.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, August 6th at the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Cedar Street, Forestville, from 1-3 with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Military services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Hanover Little League, PO Box 41, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on July 14th, 2019

WilliamsGFT. PIERCE, FLORIDA:   Gerald Ward Williams, Sr. of Ft. Pierce, FL and Silver Creek, died Thursday, February 14, 2019 in Florida.  He was born in Lackawanna on February 23, 1937, the son of the late Guilford and Margaret (O’Brien) Williams.

Mr. Williams served in the US Marine Corps from January 1955 to January 1958 and always had a “Semper Fi” for every Marine he saw.  He worked for the Ford Stamping Plant for 36 years, retiring in June 1995.  Being a man that couldn’t sit still, he drove truck for Walker’s Press House, delivering juice to wineries all over the East Coast.  Mr. Williams had many stories to tell about his experiences.  He was an accomplished winemaker, winning many medals for his wine.  He was South Buffalo Irish to the core, enjoying St. Patrick’s Day at McCarthy’s, then, later hosting large St. Patrick’s Day parties at his home in Silver Creek.  Mr. Williams loved people, loved telling stories and enjoyed friends wherever he went.  He knew no strangers.

Survivors include his loving wife, Linda (Pagano) Williams, a daughter Susan Williams, a son Gerald W. Williams, Jr., two stepdaughters Theresa Nickerson and Suzanne Talley, and a sister Marylou Woelfel.  Also surviving are two grandchildren Johann Bartges and Meghan Williams, two step-grandchildren DJ McDermott, III and Joneece Talley, three step-great grandchildren Kendra McDermott, Faryn and Bryce Talley and many cousins.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Marge Whalen and a brother James Williams.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:30 to 11 o’clock at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, from where A Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life will follow at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek, where Graveside Military Services will be conducted.  The family suggests memorial donations may be made to either Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218 or to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolence go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on July 14th, 2019

NewtonShIRVING:  Shirley P. Newton, 80, of Southerland Road, Irving, died Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a brief illness.  She was born in Silver Creek, on July 24, 1938, the daughter of the late Roland and Isabel (Southland) Dickinson.

Mrs. Newton was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School and worked as a TV hostess for the former Lake Shore Hospital, Irving. She was very fond of her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Norman G. Newton of Irving, whom she married on August 3, 1957, in the First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, three sons David Newton, of Irving; Tim (Susan) Newton, of West Lafayette, Indiana; Scott (Lisa Whipple) Newton, of Irving; a sister, Carol (Fred Newell) Mead, of Cassadaga; and a brother, Terry Dickinson, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are three grandchildren Emily, Aaron and Brenna Newton and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a son Tom Lee Newton, a sister Susan Pencek and a brother Randy Dickinson.

There will be no visitation observed.  Services are private and at the convenience of family.  Interment will be in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street Johnson City, NY 13790.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on July 11th, 2019

SzymanskiRFORESTVILLE:  Richard P. Szymanski, 63, of Ball Hill Road, Forestville, passed away Monday, July 8th, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis.  He was born in Gowanda, on November 28, 1955, the son of the late Major and Violet (Chzanowski) Szymanski.

Mr. Szymanski was a graduate of Pine Valley Central School, Class of 1973.  He worked for South Dayton Super Duper, the former Curtice Burns, Comstock Foods & Clifffstar Corporation before retiring due to ill health.

He was known as “Bear” to his family & friends, his favorite activity was the landscaping and upkeep of his property.  Bear was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres & especially the New York Yankees.  Survivors include two brothers, Bill (Debbie) Szymanski, of Forestville; Bob Szymanski, of Ashville a niece Jennifer (Steve Meadows) Szymanski and her four children.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Walter Szymanski.  As per his request, there will be no visitation or services observed.  The family suggests memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 100 College Parkway, Suite 280, Williamsville, NY 14221.   Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

HAMBURG:  Emma Catherine Urquhart Koshinsky, 93, formerly of Silver Creek, passed away Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 in Hamburg, following a brief illness.  She was born in South Mountain, Ontario, Canada on March 30, 1926, the daughter of the late Robert S. and Emma (McIntosh) Urquhart.

After living for many years in Ludlow, MA, where her beloved husband of 62 years, the late Robert J. Koshinsky, taught high school, they lived in Silver Creek for nearly 30 years.  She was a longtime congregant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek, where she engaged in a number of supporting activities such as knitting for the Mitten Tree and baking her well-regarded pies for various church functions.

Survivors include her dear children; daughter Shelley (Stephen) Quesnel, sons Daniel (Betty) Koshinsky and Robert T. (Deborah H.) Koshinsky.  Also surviving are five treasured grandchildren, Jeffrey, Sarah, Melissa, Jessica and Michael, four great grandchildren Jack, Rylie, Alexa and Ariyan and many nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents and husband she is predeceased by two sisters Jean Marvel and Ann Kelly and a brother Robert Urquhart.

There will be no prior visitation observed.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 10 o’clock from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 NW 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

 

mark on June 20th, 2019

KohlerL1KohlerL2FORESTVILLE:  Lulu M. Kohler, 75, of Dennison Road, Forestville, passed away Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital.  She was born in Gowanda, on December 15, 1943, the daughter of the late William and Elsie M. (Fuller) Hafner.

Mrs. Kohler worked as a Custodian for Forestville Central School, for 23 years, retiring in 2008. She also at one time worked for the former Petri Cookies, Silver Creek and the former Red Wing Co., Fredonia.

Mrs. Kohler was a member of the NRA, Fiddler’s Association and Southwestern Fireman’s Association.  She enjoyed dancing, listening to country music and doing word searches.

Survivors include two daughters, Katherine (Jeffrey) Bissell, Valorie (David) VanBuskirk, three sons Andrew (Renee) Kohler, Matthew (Carol) Kohler, Harlan (Jenn) Kohler and Dear Friend Raymond (Mary) Gunther.  Also surviving are twenty-three grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Kohler, whom she married December 30, 1961 in St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville and who died August 13, 2005, by a grandson Alex Cope, four brothers William, Roger, Elmer & Thomas Hafner, and by four sisters Lorraine Kelly, Helen Skelly, Louise Mattice & Dolly Fuller.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday afternoon from 2-4 PM, from where Funeral Services will follow at 4 o’clock, with Rev. Bruce Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

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 Lung Association in New York, 2564 Walden Avenue, Suite 101, Buffalo, New York 14225.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on June 19th, 2019

PfleugerADUNKIRK:  Agnes “Pat” E.M. Pfleuger, 100, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Sheridan, died Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at her residence.  She was born in London, England on February 7, 1919, the daughter of the late Albany and Agnes (Watts) Renton.

Mrs. Pfleuger was a graduate of Pensionnat des Ursulines in Brant, Belgium and the London Greg Business College.  She spent her early childhood years in British Papau, New Guinea, came to the US in 1946 as a British WWII war bride and received her citizenship in 1948.

Mrs. Pfleuger was a war veteran of the British Army, serving in East Coastal Defense Batteries of the Royal Artillery.  She was the first woman elected to the Silver Creek Village Board of Trustees, where she served as Deputy Mayor for 4 years.  Mrs. Pfleuger was also the first appointed Municipal Historian for the Village of Silver Creek, serving for 20 years.

Survivors include a son, Terry (Gail) Pfleuger, of Sheridan, four grandchildren Amy Jo Unger, Cindy Bauszus, Lisa Gifert, Ellen Taberski and thirteen great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Lester M. Pfleuger, whom she married in London, England on April 1, 1945 and who died August 28, 2009.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or services observed.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.

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

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mark on May 18th, 2019

WillGRFORESTVILLE:  G. Ronald Will, 94, of Gibbs Road Forestville, died Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a brief illness.

Mr. Will was born in Forestville, on January 15, 1925, the son of the late George V. and Edith (Barris) Will.  He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1942,He worked as a Dairy & Grape Farmer in Forestville, for 62 years, from 1946-2008, was a member of the Forestville Baptist Church, a former member of Welch’s, Cornell Cooperative Extension & Upstate Milk Cooperative.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda (Gary) Stutzman, of Berlin, OH; Linda Will, of Forestville, four sons Randy (Dianna) Will, of Forestville; Dennis (Pamela) Will, of Griggsville, IL; Alan (Linda) Will, of Forestville; and Brian (Patricia) Will, of Forestville.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren & thirteen great grandchildren.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Marilyn (Cooley) Will, whom he married on August 18, 1951 in the Forestville Baptist Church and who died July 31, 2012 and by a sister Thelma Carlton.

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 on Monday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Dennis Will, son of the deceased, officiating.  Interment will follow in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

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