mark on August 11th, 2018

KaminskiWFORESTVILLE:  William “Bill” P. Kaminski, 53, of Lodi Street, Forestville, died Wednesday, August 8th, 2018, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville.  He was born in Buffalo, on November 30, 1964, the son of Erika (Breitenbrucher) Kaminski, of Forestville and the late Stefan Kaminski.

Mr. Kaminski was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1982, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Edinboro University and his Master’s Degree from Fredonia State University in History.  He worked as a Direct Support Assistant for WNYDDSO, Forestville.

He enjoyed spending time with his children, was an avid writer, enjoyed music, reading, doing artwork and being outside.

Survivors include a daughter, Allison Kaminski, a son, Gavin Kaminski, and their mother Karen Kaminski all of Forestville; a sister, Christina (Thomas) DeGolier, of Forestville; six brothers, Steven (Karen) Kaminski, of Springville; Walter (Becky) Kaminski, and Eric (Lisa) Kaminski, both of Forestville; Marian Kaminski, of North Collins; Carl (Colleen) Kaminski, of Dunkirk; and Michael (William) Kaminski, of Quincy, IL. Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides his father he was predeceased by infant twin brothers Yanik & Vladick Kaminski.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning, August 18th at 11 o’clock from the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to His children’s college fund %Karen Kaminski, 31 Pearl Street, Forestville, NY 14062 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.

mark on August 11th, 2018

SchrantzDGREAT VALLEY:  Daniel R. Schrantz, 69, of Eagle Forest Road, Great Valley, passed away Monday, August 6th, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Dunkirk, on March 18, 1949, the son of the late Richard L. and Jacqueline (Miller) Schrantz.

Mr. Schrantz was a graduate of the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School, Dunkirk, Class of 1967, a graduate of Fredonia State University and receive his Master’s Degree from Michigan State University.

He worked as an Economics Professor for Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, for 20 years.  Mr. Schrantz also previously worked for Fredonia State University as an Adjunct Professor.  He enjoyed white water rafting, building houses, hunting with family and gardening.

Survivors include a daughter, Chantel Perez, of Williamsville and a brother, Richard (Theresa) Schrantz, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are his girlfriend Colleen Savage of Buffalo, a nephew, two great nieces, a great nephew and several aunts & uncles.

Services are private and at the convenience of family. A Celebration of Life will be held for friends at a later date.  Time & placed to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fredonia College Foundation (memo Schrantz on check), 272 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on August 4th, 2018

BarrettMFORESTVILLE:  Madison Paige Barrett, 20, of County Line Road, Forestville, died Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at the Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, as a result of a car accident.  She was born in Fort Hood, Texas on January 4, 1998, the daughter of James P. and Chalis A. (Martin) Barrett, of Forestville.

She was currently working as a Manager for McDonald’s in Irving.  Maddy enjoyed attending Music Fests, playing with her dogs and spending time with her family & friends.  She donated her organs through UNTYS to help other people.

Surviving besides her parents are a sister, Kaytlyn (Rob Ervolina) Barrett, of Eden, maternal grandparents Karen (Loyd) Benson of Forestville, Laura Martin of Buffalo, paternal grandparents Mary Lou Smith of North Collins, Robert Weisedel of Eden and godparents Charlotte Quintana and Adam Wilson.  Also surviving are several aunts, uncles & cousins.  She was predeceased by her maternal grandfather Scott Martin.

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 Memorial Service will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Buffalo Zoo Annual Fund, 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on August 4th, 2018

LaemmerhirtRDUNKIRK:  Richard E. Laemmerhirt, 79, of North Serval Street, Dunkirk, died Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA, after a long courageous battle with cancer.  He was born in Buffalo, on July 7, 1939, the son of the late Ernest and Mary (McCoy) Laemmerhirt, Sr.

Mr. Laemmerhirt attended Forestville Central School and served in the U.S. Army.  He worked for the former Peter Cooper company as a Crane Operator for 23 years, for Westfield Hospital as a Maintenance Man for 9 1/2 years and as a Forklift Operator for the former Red Wing Co., Fredonia, for 3 years.

Mr. Laemmerhirt was a member of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, Forestville, and a member of the former St. Rose altar & rosary society.  He loved his family, enjoyed gardening-especially his roses & vegetables, carpentry, helping remodel St. Rose of Lima Church and assisting with the Lawn Fete.

Survivors include his wife Michalene H. (Tallchief) Laemmerhirt of Dunkirk, whom he married June 27, 1964, in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek, four sisters, Grace (Larry) Comstock, Jean Chudzik, Joan (Jerry) Gabel, Ada (Robert) Fisher, three brothers, Ernest Laemmerhirt, Jr., Donald (Deborah) Laemmerhirt and Roy (Carol) Laemmerhirt.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews and his precious cat “midnight”.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by two sisters Mary Ann & Virginia Laemmerhirt and an infant brother Joseph Laemmerhirt.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday evening from 7-9 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.

The family suggests memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street Johnson City, NY 13790.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on July 28th, 2018

RichterHFORESTVILLE:  Harold R. Richter, Jr., 80, of Hurlbert Road, Forestville, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 26th, 2018, at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  He was born in the Town of Sheridan, on October 30, 1937, the son of the late Harold R. and Clara (Kugler) Richter, Sr.

Mr. Richter attended Forestville Central School, worked for the former Moench Tanning Factory in Gowanda and operated a farm for many years.  He also worked for the former Village of Forestville for 34 years, retiring as Streets & Water Superintendent.  Mr. Richter enjoyed collecting magazines, Hoard’s Dairyman, Successful Farming and Country Living.  He also enjoyed attending Music in the Park in South Dayton, sharing local history with people about Forestville and the Town of Sheridan and was an avid bowler for many years.

Survivors include his wife Norley (Matter) Richter, of Forestville, whom he married December 15, 1961, in Erie, PA, five daughters, Denise Olsen, Tammy (Garry) Olsen, Jr., Vickie (Chris Pope) Pfleuger, all of Forestville; Stacey (Chris) Kulpa, of Cassadaga; Kristy Butcher, of Brocton; two sons Robert (Shirley Pogue) Richter, of Ripley; Randy (Kris) Richter, of Forestville; and a sister, Margaret Richter, of Silver Creek.  Also surviving are a sister-in-law Rose Masi of Silver Creek, 21 grandchildren Vinnie & Tony Richter, Rebecca DeGolier, Tanya Jo, Aaron, Melissa, Kirstain, & Joshua Richter, Leon Lidlow, Amber & Alicia Greene, Taylor, Courtney & Chelsea Richter, Tristian Olsen, Nicole Parsell, Jessica Pfleuger, Hayden Pope, Stacey Lee Butcher, Christian & Katelyn Barone and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son Harold “Butch” Richter III, who died March 23, 2011 and a daughter Cheryl (Richter) Lidlow, who died August 16, 2015.

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 a Catholic Burial Service will be conducted Monday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, officiating.  Interment will follow 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 July 21st, 2018

BieWObitBoyce, VA:  William Carson Bie, 85, of Boyce, VA, died Sunday, July 15th, 2018 of an apparent heart attack, at Commonwealth Senior Living, Front Royal, VA.  He lived on his beloved farm for almost 50 years, until the end of 2017.

Mr. Bie was born in Silver Creek, on August 28, 1932, the son of the late Norman Roy and Evelyn Mae (Ehmke) Bie.  He attended Alfred College of Agriculture and Technology and afterwards joined the Navy, where he served during the Korean Conflict.

While in the Navy, he flew Grumman S2F Trackers, known as a “Stoof”, from aircraft carriers, but spent most of that time in the Atlantic with one cruise in the Mediterranean.  He flew off of the USS Monterey, USS Valley Forge and the USS Antietam.  Mr. Bie set two records while in the Navy: he never had an “earned” wave-off for landing on a carrier and had 24 take-offs and landings in one day.

After his release from the Navy in January 1957, he remained in the reserves for a time and received training on flying jets, his dream. He worked for Eastern Airlines as a pilot, but then during the turmoil of the flight engineer strike of 1958, he worked as a flight engineer for a short while.  When he retired, he had flown 34 years full-time with zero damaged aircraft or injured passengers.  Mr. Bie also spent many years as a Captain of DC-9′s, based out of Washington, DC.  He was an excellent pilot and took great pride in his abilities.

Mr. Bie greatly enjoyed sharing breakfast with the guys at McDonald’s in Watrerloo, Virginia and will miss them.  Back in the day, he did the same with the folks at the old Soda Shop in Berryville, Virginia.  Mr. Bie had a lifelong passion for cars, motorcycles and planes.

Survivors include three children, Roy William Bie, Janet Lynne Bocciardi, Scott William Foemmel Bie, two sisters, Marcia Ann Smith-Bie and Suzanne Russell.  Also surviving are two grandsons Paul William Bie, Michael Roy Bie and a step-grandson Julian Foemmel Gaitero.

The family will celebrate his life at a private family reunion sometime this summer in upstate New York.  Private Interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville, the town where he grew up.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home Forestville.

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mark on July 7th, 2018

SmathersASILVER CREEK:  Alice M. Smathers, 57, of Hickory Street, Silver Creek, passed away Monday, June 25th, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Silver Creek, on April 11, 1961, the daughter of the late Robert and Rose (Olmstead) Lyle, Sr.

Her smiling face could be seen everyday at the former Hogg’s Dairy in Silver Creek, where she loved to serve breakfast to the guys.  Mrs. Smathers learned how to use the computer while working at the Seneca Hawk, Irving and she worked as a Cashier for the former Valvo’s Convenient Store Silver Creek, until it’s closing.

Mrs. Smathers was an active member of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church Silver Creek, a former Firefighter & member of Silver Creek Hose Co. #1 and a longtime member of the Silver Creek Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as President for many years.  She spent much of her time caring for family & friends, including working as an aide in several homes, cleaning houses, baby-sitting and cooked many meals for the Fire Department and families that needed help.  Mrs. Smathers also took charge and helped cook many breakfasts & dinners at church.

Survivors include her husband David E. Smathers, whom she married April 21, 1979, in the Forestville Wesleyan Church, a daughter, Christy M. Smathers, a daughter-in-law Cheryl A. Brown a sister, Debra (Tony) Ortiz, all of Silver Creek; three brothers, Bruce (Patricia) Olmstead, of Friendship; Robert (Ginger) Lyle, Jr., of Forestville; and Carl Lyle, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 3 grandchildren- Aaron & Mcenzie Henhawk and Mea Smathers and many nieces & nephews and a large loving family in Ohio & Pennsylvania.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by 2 sons, David E. Smathers, Jr. and Charlie Smathers.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 14th at 11 o’clock from Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, 60 Buffalo Street, Silver Creek, with Rev. Michael Leamon officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Silver Creek Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, 162 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on July 1st, 2018

WatsonDFORESTVILLE:  David A. Watson, 91, of Rt. 39 Forestville, passed away Friday, June 29th, 2018 at Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, following a short illness.  He was born in Dunkirk, on February 27, 1927, the son of the late William and Mary (Jones) Watson.  Mr. Watson was a graduate of Dunkirk High School class of 1945.  Mr. Watson received a bachelors degree from the University of Buffalo, where he also received his masters degree in Physical Education in 1964.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WW II.

Mr. Watson was a Physical Education Teacher for Dunkirk Public School, for 26 years.  He formerly owned a Christmas Tree Farm and was the Longest living member of the First Baptist Church, Dunkirk.  Mr. Watson was a member of the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953. Forestville, a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, former 20 year member of the Sheridan Fire Department, was President of the Sheridan Memorial Field, Scoutmaster for both Dunkirk Troop #10 and Silver Creek Troop #36 and at one time taught basketball and driver education in both Dunkirk and Silver Creek.  He enjoyed spending winters in Floral City, Florida.

Survivors include his wife Elaine (Roof) Watson, of Forestville, whom he married on November 24, 1951, in Silver Creek, three sons David (Mary Ellen) Watson, of Silver Creek; Robert Watson, of Fredonia; and James (Linda Gonzalez) Watson, of Cassadaga. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a grandson Scott Watson, 2 brothers James R. & William Watson, a sister Beatrice Day and his best friend Dick Walker.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday evening from 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Pastor Mark Massaro, of the First Baptist Church, Dunkirk, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.  Military Graveside Services will be conducted by membes of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on June 27th, 2018

SmithRFREDONIA:  Roy Smith, Jr., 70, of Rt. 83, Fredonia, died unexpectedly, Sunday, June 24th, 2018, at Buffalo General Hospital.  He was born in Silver Creek, on November 18, 1947, the son of the late Roy and Hazel (Spears) Smith, Sr.

Mr. Smith worked as a Truck Driver for Casella Waste Systems, Dunkirk, for over 30 years.

Survivors include his wife Joyce E. (Pawloski) Smith of Fredonia, whom he married June 20, 1987, in Dunkirk, a daughter, Hazel (Raymond) Deet, of Silver Creek; two sons Bruce (Allison) Turner, of Terra Haute, Indiana; and Ronald Smith, of Manchester, Tennessee.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren- Ryan, Tyler & Karli Deet, Mason, Dylan, Braden & Leah Turner, Hunter & Shane Smith and several nieces & nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.

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 June 27th, 2018

WalkerRSHERIDAN:  Richard W. Walker, 91, of Center Road, Forestville, died Sunday, June 24th, 2018, at his residence, following a short illness.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 3, 1927, the son of the late Earl E. and Margueriete (Lanning) Walker.

Mr. Walker was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 1st Class during WW II.  He was the owner of Walker’s Wine Juice, Forestville.  Mr. Walker attended both the Forestville United Methodist Church, Forestville, and Family Church.

Survivors include two sons Richard A. (Tammie) Walker, and James E. (Susan) Walker, both of Sheridan.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Florajane (Young) Walker, whom he married on October 30, 1946 in the First United Methodist Church, Dunkirk and who died October 8, 2004, and by 2 brothers John & Robert Walker.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, with Pastor Mike Anderson, of Family Church of Cattaraugus County, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Family Church of Cattaraugus County, 207 Pine Street, South Dayton, NY 14138.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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