mark on May 28th, 2015

SOUTH DAYTON:  Doris L. Heath, 90, of Mill Street, South Dayton, died Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at Absolut at Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on December 28, 1924, the daughter of the late Clarence Brewster and Frances (Van Aernam) Purdy.

She was a graduate of the former Cattaraugus High School, Class of 1940 and worked for the former M. Wile & Co and eventually retired from the former Amalgamated Clothing & Textile, Buffalo in 1995 as a Union Manager.  She was recognized for 20 years of service with the IBA.  Mrs. Heath was a past member of the former Queen of the Valley Rebekah Lodge and a member of the South Dayton Fire Belles.  She loved animals, reading, crocheting and doing puzzles.

Survivors include a son, Francis (Ruth) Heath, a daughter, Shirly Heath, both of South Dayton, and a half-brother, Ralph MacVittie, of Tonawanda.  Also surviving are 2 grandchildren Travis (Angela) Heath and Teresa Heath and 2 great grandchildren Maya Quinn & River Heath.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Donovan E. Heath, who died September 11, 1995, by a daughter Donna M. Heath and a half-brother Larry MacVittie.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock on Monday, with Pastor Matt Wittenbrook, of the South Dayton Free Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery, South Dayton.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the South Dayton Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 88, South Dayton, NY 14138.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on May 27th, 2015

ByersCGOWANDA:  Clara M. Byers, 103, a resident of Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, formerly of Dunkirk, died May 24th, 2015 at her residence.  She was born in Sharon, PA on May 7, 1912, the daughter of the late James and May (Graham) McLaughry.  Mrs. Byers was a graduate of Mercer High School, Class of 1930, was a graduate of Westminster College in 1934 with a B.A and in 1935, she graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA with a B.S. in Social Work.

She served in the Probation Dept. as a volunteer in the Mercer County Courthouse from 1935-1936 and was a long time member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Dunkirk (since 1938) where she served as a Deacon, an Elder and a Church School teacher.  Mrs. Byers was a former member of the American Association of University Women, Meals on Wheels Volunteer and participated for many years in “Antique Shows” in both NY & PA.  She enjoyed collecting antiques and learning about their history.

Survivors include three daughters, Helen Meisinger, of Greenville, PA, Martha (Carlson) Yost, of Portsmouth, OH, Rebecca (Erlon “Chip”) Babcock, of Forestville and a son, Robert (Suzanne) Byers, of Limerick, PA.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frank Byers, whom she married April 24, 1937 in Mercer, PA and who died in 1991, by 4 sisters Mary Ewing, Helen Port, Rebecca Winters, Margaret LaFaye and by 3 brothers, DeOrmond, James & William McLaughry.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Time and place to be announced.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia.  The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, 19 West Fourth Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on May 27th, 2015

PERRYSBURG:  Barbara Parker, 72, of Main Street, Perrysburg, died, Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.  She was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 14, 1943, the daughter of the late Charles and Maude (Goltree) Parker.

Survivors include two brothers, Gerald Parker, of Painted Post, NY, Charles Parker and a sister, Virginia Wait, of Cohocton, NY.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 10-11 am, from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock.

mark on May 18th, 2015

LokietekCFORESTVILLE:  Carol A. Lokietek, 76, of Forestville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Sunday, May 17th, 2015.  She was born in Dunkirk on January 14, 1939, the daughter of the late Paul and Genevieve (Rys) Styborski.

She was a graduate of the former Cardinal Mindszenty, Class of 1956.  She worked as a Floor Manager for the former Bargain Barn Fredonia and also at one time worked for the former Buffalo Press, Twin Fair and Hills Department Stores.  She was a member of Family Church, Fredonia, where her son pastors and she served faithfully in the hospitality department ensuring there was coffee and snacks after Sunday morning services.  Mrs. Lokietek was an avid reader, enjoyed her cats, birds, listening to polkas and bragging on her grandchildren.  She had a compassionate heart and her conversations will be missed at family church gatherings.

Survivors include her husband Richard J. Lokietek of Forestville, whom she married November 17, 1962, in the former St. Hedwig’s RC Church, Dunkirk, two daughters, Amy (Charles) Restivo, of Forestville, Ann (Brian) Aldrich, of Sheridan, two sons Rev. Michael (Nancy) Lokietek, of Fredonia, Matthew (Christie) Lokietek, of Cherry Creek, two brothers, Richard (Beverly) Styborski, of Fredonia, Paul (Judy) Styborski, of Havelock, NC and a n adopted sister, Gail Darling (Larry) Goins, of Odessa, TX.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren Christine (Matthew) Walker, Stephanie (Bradley) Hofert, Kelsey, Lindsey, Sydney and Gabrielle Aldrich, Natalie, Sarah, Audrey, Caleb & Lydia Lokietek, 2 great grandchildren Hannah & Sophia Walker and many nieces, nephews & friends.

Friends are invited to call at the Family Church, 45 Lakeview Avenue, Fredonia on Friday from 4-7 pm, from where A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Lokietek, son of the deceased, officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Family Church, 45 Lakeview Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

RichirV3SHERIDAN:  Viola “Chickie” I. Richir, 79, of Newell Road, Town of Sheridan, passed away Thursday, May 7th, 2015, surrounded by family following a brief illness.  She was born in the Town of Sheridan, on October 7, 1935, the daughter of the late Earl and Viola (Wilkins) Stevens.  At one time she worked for the former VanRaalte Co. of Dunkirk as a seamstress.

Mrs. Richir was a member of Fredonia Beaver Club, past member of the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan, and a current member of Sheridan Fire Dept, Ladies Auxiliary, since Feb. 1962.  She also enjoyed puzzle books, doing latch hook rugs and spending time with her dog Roxie.

Survivors include her husband of over 60 years, Joseph L. Richir, Sr. of Sheridan, whom she married July 31, 1954, in St. Joseph RC Church, Fredonia, two daughters, Diane (Thomas) Neal, of Silver Creek, LuAnn Ellis, of Fredonia, two sons Joseph L. (Roseanne) Richir, Jr, of Cape Coral, FL and Scott K. (Gina) Richir, of Fredonia.  She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by 6 sisters Katherine Wroblewski, Marian Fancher, Ada Levandoski, Corabel Jasinski, Evelyn Zufelt, Wilma Cambria and by 6 brothers Horace, Lyman, Hiram, Edmund, Harold and Earl Stevens.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where a Catholic Burial Service will be held Monday morning at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Walter Werbicki, officiating.  Interment will follow in  St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Sheridan Fire Dept., Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.  To send condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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BeckerJPERRYSBURG:  John G. Becker, 70, of Cole Road, Perrysburg, died Saturday, April 4th, 2015 at Buffalo General Medical Center.  He was born in Silver Creek, on July 7, 1944, the son of the late George and Gladys (Earle) Becker.

Mr. Becker was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1962 and attended Alfred State College before going into the Army during Vietnam, where he served with Co. E 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry & the 198 Infantry.  He worked as a Canning operator for the former Carnation Milk Plant, South Dayton, for over 25 years and also at one time worked for Al Vanettan Farms.  Mr. Becker was a member of South Dayton American Legion Post #1593 and the NRA.  He enjoyed hunting & fishing.

Survivors include two sons Michael (Anne) Becker and Todd (Rebecca) Becker, both of South Dayton, a daughter, Devon (Adam) Skipper, of Springville, three sisters, Nancy (Narenda) Shah, of Penfield, NY, Jean Rogers, of Portland, OR, Joan (Roger) Becker-Wahl, of Rochester, two brothers, James (Marie Zaczkowski) Becker, of Minnesota and Jerry (Sharyn) Becker, of Port Orford, OR.  Also surviving are his companion of 20 years, Janice Abbey, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.

There will be no visitation observed.  Memorial Services will be held from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, on Monday, April 13th, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Kenneth Pratt, pastor of Cherry Creek Assembly of God Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.  Military Graveside Services will be conducted by members of South Dayton American Legion Post #1593.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, 4 Mill Street, South Dayton, NY 14138.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on April 4th, 2015

SOUTH DAYTON:  Martin Daniel Woltz, 46, of South Dayton, died Friday, March 20th, 2015 at his residence.  He was born in Gowanda, on September 16, 1968, the son of Betty B. (Chaffin) Woltz, of South Dayton and the late Henry D. Woltz.

He worked as a Saw Operator for Cherry Creek Woodcraft, South Dayton, for 9 years.  There will be no visitation or services observed.

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

mark on April 3rd, 2015

BROCTON:  Robert I. Ramos, 70, of Highland Avenue, Brocton, died Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at Westfield Memorial Hospital.  Robert was born in Bronx, NY, on November 21, 1944, the son of the late Jose’ and Amalia (Otero) Ramos.  He was an avid Buffalo Bills & Sabers Fan and will be sadly missed by his close friends.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 10-11 am from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock, with Chris Schimel, pastor of Harvest Chapel, officiating. Private Interment will be in Webster Street Cemetery, Fredonia.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 23rd, 2015

FORESTVILLE:  Neldine B. Grisanti, 84, of Forestville, died Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at UPMC Hamot , Erie, PA, following a short illness.  She was born in Dunkirk, on October 23, 1930, the daughter of the late Alphonso and Florence (Anderson) Halpainy.

Mrs. Grisanti worked as a Lunch Room & Bus Monitor for Forestville Central School, for 10 years and previously worked for Brooks Memorial Hospital for 20 years as a Cleaning Lady.  She was a member of the former Spinning Wheels Camping Club.  Mrs. Grisanti enjoyed camping, going out shopping and her family, especially her grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Jo Ann Grisanti, of Forestville, three sons Charles (Donna) Grisanti, of Sheridan, Anthony Grisanti, and Gary Grisanti, both of Forestville.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Franklin Grisanti whom she married 65 years ago on April 9, 1949 in Silver Creek and who died December 29, 2014 and by many brothers & sisters.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 4-7 pm, from where A Catholic Burial Service will be held Friday morning, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel F. Fiebelkorn, pastor of the Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parishes, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

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

 

mark on March 21st, 2015

PerryRRobert “Bob” A. Perry, a long-time resident of Hanford Bay, died unexpectedly Friday January 23, 2015 at his residence at the age of 91.  Born in Buffalo’s Cold Spring neighborhood, Bob graduated from Seneca Vocational High School.

Trained as a draftsman, he worked for a dental tool manufacturer for several years. During World War II, Bob worked at defense plants, notably Houdaille Industries, where he found his true calling as a mechanic.  Following the war, he worked as a mechanic at Al Kazimir’s Service on Fillmore and Rodney where he was known for his ability to fix anything and where he formed many lifetime friendships.  Mr. Perry was a fixture at both Sabres & Bills games, where he worked in various capacities as a member of SEIU Local 200, Ushers and Ticket Takers for over 40 years. He also worked at Batavia Downs and Hamburg Raceway until retiring in the late 1990s. He remained an ardent fan of the Sabres and Bills until his death. As a hockey player in his youth he never lost his love of the sport.  In late December, he went skating at the Fredonia State College rink.  After retiring to Hanford Bay and until his death, he could be found in his garage fixing cars and lawnmowers.

He and Adelle Fleischhauer, his lifelong companion for 65 years until her death in 2011, built several homes as well as rehabbed several homes in Hanford Bay over the years. Keeping only their home in Hanford Bay, Bob & Adelle spent winters at their home in Nokomis, FL.  Mr. Perry was president of the Hanford Bay Association for 23 years, from 1992 until his death in 2015, and vice president for 5 years, from 1987 to 1992. Many considered him the “Mayor” of Hanford Bay, serving on the Board for longer than anyone else. He worked tirelessly to represent his neighbors in Hanford Bay with an eye to the town of Hanover operations affecting the bay. He kept precise notes and newspaper clippings on any topic affecting the Bay. He worked tirelessly as a watchdog at town meetings, especially concerning projects that he had been involved in years before. Bob was instrumental in bringing the Erie County Water Authority services to the bay area. On any given day in the summer he could be found cleaning up the beach, cutting grass for neighbors and common areas or clearing a clogged sewer or creek up until his death.

Bob is survived by nieces and nephews and a very large extended family at Hanford Bay.  He witnessed the growth of three generations of children, many of whom stayed in contact after moving away.  Besides his lifelong companion, he was predeceased by four sisters.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s RC Church, 147 Commercial Street, Farnham, NY on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com