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.

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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.

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KuzoraLFORESTVILLE:  Leonard “Hank” L. Kuzora, 90, of Main Street, Forestville, died Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at his residence, following a short illness.  He was born in the Town of Villenova, on October 13, 1928, the son of the late Lucas and Frances (Maziarz) Kuziora.

Mr. Kuzora was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1947.  He worked for Morgan Linen in Dunkirk for 30 years, the former Village of Forestville as a Policeman, DFT Communications and as a Court Officer for the Town of Hanover, for 10 years.

Mr. Kuzora was a Landlord from 1968-2015 in both Dunkirk & Forestville and played with his two brothers in the band “The Kuzora Trio” after WWII.  He enjoyed woodworking and music, owned the oldest home in Forestville (spending two years rehabilitating the house) and never missed a day of work.

Survivors include his wife Betty J. (Ferry) Kuzora of Forestville, whom he married on July 2, 1949, in the Forestville Baptist Church, a son, Leonard H. (Virginia) Kuzora, of Fredonia; a daughter, Brenda Reinermann, of Kemp, TX; and a sister, Gladys Halicki, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are two grandchildren Kelly (Jonathan) Halvorsen, Keith (Dorothy) Kuzora, great granddaughter Harper Kuzora and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by three brothers Sebastian, Leo and Joseph Kuziora and a sister Mary Skop.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday morning from 10 AM-1 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held at 1 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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NoonanTFORESTVILLE:  Timothy J. Noonan, 62, of Straight Road, Forestville, died Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at his residence.  He was born in Buffalo, on October 6, 1956, the son of Kathleen Patricia (Haas) Noonan, of Hamburg and the late Harry V. Noonan.

Mr. Noonan was a graduate of the former Queen of Apostles High School, Derby, Class of 1974 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Fredonia State University in 1983.  He owned Tim Noonan Home Inspection, Forestville, for 8 years.

Mr. Noonan was a life-long student of Philosophy.  He loved poetry and was an accomplished published writer.  He loved music and was an avid supporter of community activism.  Mr. Noonan was a devoted father to his four children and his happiest moments in life were was when he was with them.

Survivors include two sons John Luke (Jen Stein) Noonan, of Los Angeles, CA; Logan (Stephanie Siwiec) Noonan, of Rome, Italy; two daughters, Abigail Noonan, of Buffalo; MaryElise Noonan, of Dunkirk; two brothers, Joseph (Christine) Noonan, of Hamburg; P. Michael, (Nancy) Noonan, of Rochester; two sisters, Karen Weishaar, of Hamburg; and Kristine Noonan, of Buffalo.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 3-7 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher, pastor of the Newman Center officiating.  The family suggests memorials may be made to either Mental Health America www.mentalhealthamerica.net. or to Make Rojava Green Again, Logan@rustltd.com (a project that engages the ideas of permaculture toward reforestation and democratic development).   To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on April 30th, 2019

TripiMSTOCKTON:  Maryann Tripi, 80, of Rt. 380 Stockton, formerly of Buffalo & North Bergen, NJ, died Sunday, April 28th, 2019, at her residence, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Lackawanna, on December 11, 1938, the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (O’Connor) Wiles.

Mrs. Tripi was a graduate of South Park High School, worked for the former Veliciano and then for Gianni Versace, both in New York City, in the Human Resources Department for 25 years.  She loved to travel, enjoyed Atlantic City & Buffalo.  Mrs. Tripi would like to give many thanks to all her caregivers over the past years.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Domino, of Cassadaga, sister in laws Carol Wiles of Buffalo, Rose Tripi, Loretta Tripi and Angelina Falcone, all of Brooklyn.  Also surviving are many nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews living in NYC, Buffalo & Chautauqua County.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Bartho “Bart” E. Tripi, whom she married in 1964 and who died July 20, 2017, three brothers Jack, Paul and Charles Wiles, brother in law Joseph Domino and sister in laws Dorothy and Dolly Wiles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, from St. Joseph RC Church, 145 East Main Street, Fredonia, with Rev. Joseph Walter, pastor officiating.  Private Interment will be in Cassadaga Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made 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.