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WindsorADUNKIRK:  Adeline “Peasie” G. Windsor, 92, of North Main Street, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Friday, December 1st, 2017 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Corry, PA on January 26, 1925, the daughter of the late Harrison W. and Ethel M. (Samples) Belding.

Mrs. Windsor worked as a Housekeeper in the area for 35 years, retiring in 1995.   She was a 52 year member of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, a member of R.S.V.P., Dunkirk, was a volunteer for the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry, Forestville and secretary for the tenants association, Dunkirk.  She loved her church, where she was very active & her family.  Mrs. Windsor was a loved surrogate mom & grandmother.

Survivors include four daughters, June (John) Rennie, of Baytown, TX; Brenda Antolini, of Forestville; Debbie (Douglas) Day, of Ellington; and Gloria J. Windsor, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Clifford E. Windsor, whom she married on July 18, 1942 in the Forestville Wesleyan Parsonage and who died April 16, 2010, by 4 sons Clifton E. Windsor, Jr., Dennis, Leslie & Donald Windsor and 2 sisters Roberta Woodard & Leona Bosworth.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from the Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9603 Prospect Road, Forestville, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in the Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9603 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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ClarkESILVER CREEK:  Edward O. Clark, 94, of Angell Road, Silver Creek, died Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at the Absolut Care of Dunkirk.  He was born in the Town of Stockton, on June 5, 1923.  He was the son of the late George and Augusta (Herzog) Clark.

Mr. Clark served in the U.S. Army during WW II.  He was a former member of the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, for 20 years, and was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.  Survivors include his wife Margaret M. (Rugg) Clark, of VA, whom he married in December of 1964, three daughters, Nancy Setlock, of Phoenix, AZ; Judy Cramer, of Hornell, NY; Marie Hammond, of Erie, PA; three sons Greg Clark, of Vancouver, British Columbia; Wayne Phillips, of Bristol, VA; Thomas Clark, of Fonda, NY.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife Georgia Rice Clark and by 2 sisters Harriet Manor and Thelma Jackett.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Carol Dill, pastor of the South Dayton United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Randolph Cemetery.  Military Services will be conducted by members of the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, in the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials may be made to 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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SmithNFORESTVILLE:  Norbert R. Smith, 84, of Center Street, Forestville, died Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at the Absolut Care of Dunkirk.  He was born in Gowanda, on November 30, 1932, the son of the late Richard F. and Ida (Single) Smith.

Mr. Smith served 2 terms in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.  He worked as a Custodian for the Sweet Home School District, Amherst, for 20 years.  Surviving are a “Son” with whom he lived- James (Paula) Knoop, Sr. of Forestville, “grandchildren” James Jr., Jordan, Jeffery, Robert & Zachary, “great grandchildren” Scarlet & Silas, Hayleigh & Nathan, 2 nephews Gordon & Darwin Waite and a niece Gerry Waite.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters Hazel E. Waite, Ethel I. Krawczyk and “granddaughter” Cassandra Knoop.

There will be no prior visitation observed.  Funeral Services will be held from Thursday morning, November 30th at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Bruce Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Military Services will be conducted by members of the Dunkirk Joint Veteran’s Council in the funeral home.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on November 21st, 2017

FREDONIA:  David J. Szumigala, 71, of Lamberton Road, Fredonia, died Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in the Town of Sheridan, on November 12, 1946, the son of the late Joseph and Stephanie (Rusnaczyk) Szumigala.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1966.  Mr. Szumigala worked for the former Plymouth Tube, Dunkirk, and the former AJ Falcone Farms.  He also worked as a Truck Driver for Add Lumber Co. Dunkirk for 14 years.  Mr. Szumigala enjoyed deer hunting.

Survivors include his wife Margaret “Peggy” (Seekings) Szumigala, of Fredonia, whom he married July 1, 1972, in the Town of Sheridan, a son, David M. (Amy Decker) Szumigala, of Fredonia; a sister, Barb Hopf, of Lesburg, FL; two brothers, Timothy (Kris) Szumigala, of North Carolina; Adrian (Pat) Szumigala, of Florida and a sister in law Norma Szumigala of Arcade.  Also surviving are 1 granddaughter Haley Marie Szumigala and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Joseph Szumigala and 2 sisters Stephanie Szumigala and Theresa Graff.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Time and place to be announced.

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.

 

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SOUTH DAYTON:  Ella Mae Saye, 91, of Main Street, South Dayton, died Saturday, November 18th, 2017, at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, Jamestown, following a short illness.  She was born in Duke Center, PA on January 8, 1926, the daughter of the late Roland and Alta (Stuart) Smith.

Mrs. Saye was a graduate of the former Otto Township School, Class of 1944, in Duke Center, PA and worked as a Baker for the former South Dayton Super Duper, for 12 years.  She opened the former Hilltop Restaurant in Dayton and raised her children on a dairy farm.

Mrs. Saye was a member of the South Dayton United Methodist Church, where in 2005, she was awarded the Laity Award for her unending work for the church, was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Forestville Chapter #247 and the South Dayton Fire Belles.  She was known for making cakes of all kinds, especially wedding cakes.  She liked embroidering & crocheting and giving them as gifts.  Mrs. Saye enjoyed her family, friends & home.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan (Eric) Saye-Johnson, of South Dayton; Lori (Francis) Petersen, of South Dayton; Lisa (Bruce) Ivett, of Hollywood, MD; two sons Charles (Janeen) Saye, of Hurt, VA; and Steven (Allie) Saye, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her 2nd husband Henry Stranz and 3 sisters Stella Carlson, Leah Kyser and Bessie Gulnac.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Carol Dill, pastor of the South Dayton United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Cherry Creek Central Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the South Dayton United Methodist Church, Pine Street, South Dayton, NY 14138 or Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.  An Eastern Star Service will be conducted by members of Forestville Chapter #247 Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the funeral home.

 

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HarpRBuffalo:  Russell “Rusty” James Harp, 50, of Red Jacket Parkway, Buffalo, formerly of Forestville & Mayville, died suddenly Friday, November 17th, 2017, at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  He was born in South Buffalo, on February 16, 1967, during a howling windstorm.  The third son and seventh child of David E. Harp, of Forestville and the late Mary Ann (Campion) Harp.

He moved to Forestville at a young age and was a willing recipient of sweet snacks, especially HOHO’s, wherever he went.  Mr. Harp was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1985.  He worked as a Toll Collector for the New York State Thruway Authority for several years at the Tappanzee Bridge in Westchester County before transferring to Mayville and becoming the manager for the Ripley Toll Booth, for over 10 years.  Mr. Harp was currently the Manager of the Lackawanna Toll Plaza.  He has worked for the Thruway Authority for 25 years.  He was an extremely proud, fun & supportive father of Sarah Catherine Harp, of Westfield, whom he enjoyed attending Sabres games with.

Surviving besides his daughter are seven sisters, Cathy Kaicher, Margaret “Peggy” (Doug) Prince, Mary (Ronald) Brennan, Sandy (Steve) Muck, Barb (Michael) Shields, Beth Miller, Becky Harp and two brothers, Frank (Marla) Harp, and Kevin (Jennifer) Harp.  Also surviving is Sarah’s mother Peggy VandeVeld and he was the favorite uncle to 17 nieces & nephews.  Besides his mother he was predeceased by an infant sister Anne Harp and a nephew Nicholas Muck.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday 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 Smith Mills Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.

The family suggests memorials may be made to The Christian Appalachian Project, PO Box 55911, Lexington, KY 40555-5911 or online at christianapp.org.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on November 11th, 2017

FrostEFORESTVILLE:  Eugene M. Frost, 62, of Creek Road, Forestville, died Monday, November 6th, 2017 at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo.  He was born in Dunkirk on April 8, 1955, the son of the late Roy and Mabel (Butcher) Frost, Sr.

Mr. Frost was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1973.  He worked for the late Dr. Clark cleaning horse stalls and trained horses for Roger Newell.  Mr. Frost was an avid football fan.

Survivors include three sisters, Caroline Carwell, of Chicago, IL; Harriet Fitzgerald, of Cassadaga; Jenny (Jack) Gallaway, of Irving; and a brother, Wayne Frost, of Forestville.  Also surviving are two nieces Laurie (Richard Austin) Wallace, Casimina (Brink) Doner and one nephew Brian Gallaway.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by two brothers Roy Frost, Jr. & LaVerne Frost.  Private Graveside Services will be at the convenience of family in Burnham Hollow Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street Johnson City, NY 13790 or 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.

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ASHEVILLE, NC:  Florence B. Butcher, 98, of Asheville, North Carolina, died Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.  She was born in Conewango, NY, on March 24, 1919, the daughter of the late Raymond and Myrtie (Wright) Bridenbaker.

She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1939.  Mrs. Butcher worked as a Toll Collector for the New York State Thruway Authority, was a member of the former Grapevine Rebekah Lodge #270, Forestville, a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church and a CSEA Retiree.

Survivors include 2 daughters Marcia (Mark Hubert) Gallineaux of Olean, Marlene (Dr. Gary) Whitaker of Asheville, NC, 1 sister Ethel Frangione of Jamestown and a brother George Bridenbaker of Kennedy.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, 8 greatgrandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Donald J. Butcher, whom she married June 2, 1939 and who died April 21, 2004, by three sisters Hester Beckman, Autumn Crandall, Helen Haggmark and a brother Edward Bridenbaker.

There will be no visitation observed.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11 o’clock in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Center.  A luncheon will follow at Aunt Millies

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062.  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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KnieseIInternetObituaryDUNKIRK:  Irene Rita Kniese, 99, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Temple Road, Dunkirk, died Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at her residence, following a short illness.  She was born in Buffalo, on January 18, 1918, the daughter of the late Stanley and Sophia (Swendra) Slawinski and was always proud of her rich Polish heritage.

She is believed to be the lone surviving graduate of Forestville High School, Class of 1936 and was most respected for her love of family.  She was the wife of two term Trustee and two term Mayor of Forestville, Gerard “Bill” Kniese, whom she co-founded & operated the former Forestville Plumbing, Heating & Appliances at 8 Main Street, for over 25 years.

Mrs. Kniese was a lifetime member of Forestville United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star, Forestville Chapter #247, was an active member of the former Forestville Volunteer Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary and played a major role in the “Grand Celebration” of the 1958 Village of Forestville Sesqui-Centennial.  The family is especially grateful for the very special attention & loving care she received at the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center and from her longtime roommate Doris Kelly.

Survivors include all three children, Carole Meadows and Ronald Kniese, both of Fredonia; and David Kniese, of Batavia.  Also surviving are Many grand & great grandchildren “so many”, she often said, that they would fill the room and spill out into the hallway.  Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by a grandson Kevin Gerard Kniese of Batavia, who died of Leukemia in 2006 at the age of 27.

Memorial Services will be held Friday morning, November 10th, at 10 o’clock, from the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, with Pastor Grace Warren, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Abbey Cemetery, Forestville, where she will join her late husband who died in 1975.

The family would be most grateful, if memorials were made either to the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Church of one’s choice.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

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CervantesSFORESTVILLE:  Sharon L. Cervantes, 67, of Chestnut Street, Forestville, died Sunday, October 29th, 2017 unexpectedly, at her residence.  She was born in Buffalo, on May 19, 1950, the daughter of the late Thaddus Stroka and June (McCann) Gostomski.

Mrs. Cervantes was currently employed in the cafeteria at Forestville Central School.

Survivors include her husband Ralph G. Cervantes, of Forestville, two sons Ralph (Kim) Cuyler, of Saginaw, MI; Todd (Tracy) Cervantes, of Fredonia; and two daughters, Tammy (Stephen) Hall, of Jefferson, GA; and Kathy (Michael) Ferneza, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 2 granddaughters and 10 grandsons.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her step father Ernest Gostomski and by a grandson Logan Hunter Ferneza.

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 Catholic Burial Service will be conducted Friday morning at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

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