mark on April 21st, 2014

 

KnappGFORESTVILLE:  George W. Knapp, 84, of Walnut Street, Forestville, died Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a short illness.  He was born in the Village of Forestville, on July 18, 1929, the son of the late C. Warren and Gertrude (Strickland) Knapp, Sr.

Mr. Knapp was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1947 and worked as a Supervisor for the Ford Stamping Plant, Buffalo, for 30 years, retiring in 1981.   He was a member of the Forestville Village Board from 1964-1973, was Mayor of the Village of Forestville from 1969-1973, was President of the Chautauqua County Mayor’s Association in 1973, was an exempt member of the Forestville Fire Department and was Secretary/Treasurer of the Forestville Pioneer Cemetery Association from 1969-2012.  Mr. Knapp enjoyed gardening, the stock market, sports & traveling.

Survivors include a son, George W. Knapp, III, of Forestville, two daughters, Barbara A. Knapp, of Buffalo and Sandra L. Daminski, of Seguin, TX.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Melba M. (Ruper) Knapp, whom he married on October 4, 1952 in North East, Pennsylvania and who died October 18, 2004, by an infant son Donald Knapp, who died in 1954, by an infant daughter Cindy Knapp, who died in 1958 and by a brother C. Warren Knapp, Jr.

There will be no visitation observed.  Private Graveside Services will be at the convenience of family in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

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

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DUNKIRK:  William D. Barber, 91, a resident of the Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at his residence.  He was born in Portland on March 14, 1923, the son of the late William H. and Hazel (Fitch) Barber.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a Sgt. in WW II and worked as a Pickler for the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel, Dunkirk, for 32 years.

Survivors include his wife Eleanor (Smith) Barber, whom he married Nov. 22, 1950, in Salamanca, a son, Gary W. (Cynthia) Barber, of Sheridan, a daughter, Cindy L. Barber, of Silver Creek, a sister Jean Pagano, of Vero Beach, FL and a brother, Daniel Barber, of Childress, TX.

Also surviving are 1 step grandson Willie Kaminski and 2 step great grandchildren.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters June Barber & Irene Esler and by 2 brothers Fay & Reginald Barber.

There will be no visitation observed.  Graveside Services will be held in Pioneer Cemetery, Bennett State Road, Forestville, Saturday morning, April 26th, at 10 o’clock, with Pastor Rob Sheldon of the First Baptist Church, SBC, Silver Creek and Pastor Michael Stitzel of the Forestville Baptist Church, officiating.

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

mark on April 9th, 2014

BixbyJSHERIDAN:  Joseph E. Bixby, 60, of Straight Road, Town of Sheridan, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at Buffalo General Hospital.  He was born in Erie, PA on December 23, 1953, the son of the late Oscar A. and Betty Ann (Pierson) Bixby.

Mr. Bixby was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1971 and worked as a Carpenter for many local residential contractors, most recently working for Jeff Davis Construction, Fredonia.  Mr. Bixby enjoyed hiking, camping, the outdoors & being with his family.

Survivors include his wife Cheryll A. (Anderson) Bixby whom he married in 1983, in Forestville, two daughters, Sara (Scott) Jagoda and Kristen Bixby, both of Sheridan, a sister, Barbara Ann (Kenneth) Estus, of South Dayton, three brothers, Thomas W. (Katharine) Bixby, of Sheridan, Stephen J. (Kyle C. Baumgartner) Bixby, of Dunkirk and David E. Bixby, of Sheridan.  Also surviving are 1 grandson Xander Joseph Jagoda and several nieces & nephews.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  Private Services will be at the convenience of family.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on April 8th, 2014

YeagerDobitDavid G. Yeager, age 72, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Murrells Inlet, SC.  He was formerly of Forestville and was born in Buffalo on September 22, 1941, the son of the late Ervin and Velma (Dutton) Yeager.  Mr. Yeager was a Graduate of Forestville Central School and served in the US Army 2nd Infantry Division as a Medic in Korea from 1965-1967.  He was a member of the Gowanda American Legion Post #409, Gowanda Moose Lodge #1382 & Gowanda VFW Post #5007.  Survivors include his wife Mary Ann (Geary) Yeager, a sister Barbara (Francis) Valone of Perrysburg, a brother Richard (Gloria) Yeager of Forestville and many nieces & nephews.  There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date, time & date to be announced.  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  Memorial Donations in his memory may be made either to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953,    Forestville, NY 14062.

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mark on March 19th, 2014

ScottWDUNKIRK:  William F. Scott, 83, a resident of St. Vincent’s Home, Dunkirk, died Friday, March 14th, 2014 at Brooks Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Dunkirk on April 20, 1930, the son of the late Patsy L. and Emily (Wenge) Scott.

He was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1949 and served in the U.S. Army as a Sgt. in the Korean War.  Mr. Scott worked as a Master Carpenter for the former King Windows, Dunkirk, for 35 years until the company closed.  He was a life member of Dunkirk Moose Lodge #89.  Mr. Scott was a magician with wood, enjoyed picking blueberries & was a loving grandfather.

Survivors include a son, Robert Scott and a daughter, Diane (Gordon) Haight, both of Fredonia.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, Steven (Sarah) Haight of North Carolina, Kalie Haight, Melissa Wills, Greg Haight, Laurie Berkshire and William Berkshire, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews in Germany.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Helga (Jung) Scott, whom he was married to for over 54 years and who died March 14, 2008, a sister Patricia Scott and a daughter in law Jean Scott.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday afternoon from 1-3:30 pm, during that time, A Catholic Prayer Service will be held at 2 o’clock, with Rev. Walter Werbicki, officiating and visiting hours will be completed with A Military Service conducted at 3:30 pm, by members of the Dunkirk Joint Veteran’s Council.

In lieu of flowers, his preference would be to have memorial contributions made to the Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on March 12th, 2014

DixNFORESTVILLE:  Norman E. Dix, 86, of Dennison Road, Forestville, died Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a brief illness.  He was born in the Town of Hanover on June 9, 1927, the son of the late James and Gertrude (Lake) Dix.

Mr. Dix was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1944.  He started his career working at his parents store in Smith Mills, then managed the former Silver Creek Preserving for 28 years, was a Dairy & Grape Farmer for approximately 10 years, worked for the former Chisolm/Ryder, selling grape harvesters, then started his own business- Norm Dix Co., Forestville, selling grape harvester parts, for 27 years.  Mr. Dix was a Trustee of the Forestville Pioneer Cemetery for over 40 years and was an exempt member of the Forestville Fire Department.  He enjoyed playing baseball and occasional trips to the Casinos.

Survivors include his wife Lena (Meadows) Dix, of Forestville, whom he married November 17, 1951, in the Forestville United Methodist Church, two daughters, Suzanne (Ron) Kaliko, of Hawaii, Jennifer (Jim) Cruver, of Amherst and two sons James (Rebecca) Dix, of Silver Creek & Robert (Lynette) Dix, of Portland.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, special niece Sandra Dix along with several other nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 brothers Donald & David Dix, by 2 sisters Amelia Smith & Bessie Lee and by a grandson Daniel Dix.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock, with Rev. William Leslie officiating.  Interment will follow in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fairmount Avenue Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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FORESTVILLE:  Mark D. Butler, 48, of Eagle Street, Forestville, died Friday, March 7th, 2014 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in the Town of Hanover on October 30, 1965, the son of the late Charles H. and Helen (Krouse) Butler.

From 1992-2009 Mr. Butler worked at the White Inn, Fredonia as an Executive Chef and then he worked as a Cook/Educator at Cassadaga Job Corps Center, Cassadaga, from 2010-2012.  Mr. Butler was a lifetime member of Forestville Fire Department, a member of Silver Creek Fireman’s Club, belonged to the Silver Creek Pool League and was a substitute for the South Dayton Pool League.

Survivors include a brother, Theodore “Terry” Mutchler, of Fort Pierce, FL, two half brothers, Ronald LaDolce, of Jamestown and Joe LaDolce, of Dunkirk.  He is also survived by a nephew Terry Mutchler and his best friend Rick Tompkins of Westfield.

There will be no visitation observed.  Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Time and place to be announced.

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

mark on March 5th, 2014

KulpaK1 KulpaK2SHERIDAN:  Katherine “Katie” J. Kulpa, 94, of Middle Road, Sheridan, died Saturday, March 1st, 2014, at her residence, following a short illness.  She was born in Steelton, PA on February 29, 1920, the daughter of the late John and Emma (Cunjak) Matesevac.

She attended Silver Creek High School and was a Part-time Manager for the former White Star Restaurant, Sheridan, for 20 years.  Mrs. Kulpa was a member of the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan where she was a member of their Altar & Rosary Society, a member of the Sheridan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed cooking, gardening & her grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, John (Mary) Kulpa, of Derby, NY and a daughter, Mary (David) Fick, of Grove City, OH.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren John Kulpa, Shannon Kulpa, David Fick, Michele (Fick) Bozeman, 6 great grandchildren Jonah Kulpa, John Kulpa II, Derrick Kulpa, Jade Kulpa, Kendra Kulpa & Nathaniel Bozeman and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Edmund Kulpa, whom she married February 18, 1950, in the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan and who died January 18, 2013, by 3 sisters, Elizabeth Hanley, Anne Matesevac, Mary Matesevac and 3 brothers, Michael, John & Anthony Matesevac.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday afternoon from 1-3 pm, from where Prayer Services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville, at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel F. Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  Private Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek.

The family suggests memorials be made to Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135 or to the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Rt. 20 Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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SummertonDSILVER CREEK:  Donald D. Summerton, 83, of Old Main Road, Silver Creek, formerly of Forestville, died Friday, February 28th, 2014 at Buffalo General Hospital.  He was born in Dunkirk on February 27, 1931, the son of the late Clarence O. and Mabel E. (Griewisch) Summerton.

He worked as a Truck Driver for H. Olsen & Sons, Contractors Inc.  Forestville, for approximately 10 years and he had also previously worked as a mechanic for the former Chum’s Sunoco, Forestville for 20 years.  Mr. Summerton was an exempt member of Forestville Fire Department and a member of Silver Creek Fireman’s Club.  He enjoyed camping, NASCAR, traveling & socializing.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Saletta, of Fredonia and Vickie (Steven) Cockburn, of Greensboro, NC.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews and his companion Margaret Best of Silver Creek.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Etta M. (Nelson) Summerton, whom he married on March 23, 1951 in Silver Creek and who died February 22, 2003.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  There will be no service observed.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228-1198.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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KibelsbseckJSILVER CREEK:  Janet L. Kibelsbeck, 78, of Dennison Road, Silver Creek died Friday, February 28th, 2014, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Buffalo on May 30, 1935, the daughter of the late Howard F. and Bernice (Rath) Lau.

Mrs. Kibelsbeck was a graduate of Kensington High School, Class of 1953 and received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College.  She worked as an Elementary School Teacher for Cassadaga Valley Central School and then for Silver Creek Central School, retiring in 1997.

Mrs. Kibelsbeck was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Silver Creek and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include her husband Frank J. Kibelsbeck of Silver Creek, whom she married on October 22, 1960, in Buffalo, a son Erik (Jaime) Kibelsbeck, of Ithaca, a daughter Laura (Wade) Summers, of Southington, CT and a sister Sandra Lau, of Clarence Center.  Also surviving are 2 grandsons Nathaniel & Kieran Summers.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  Memorial Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock from Zion Lutheran Church, Porter Avenue & Adams Street, Silver Creek, with Rev. Trevor J. Hahn, pastor officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Hanover Hose Co. #1, % Steve Peters, 11919 Hanover Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or Zion Lutheran Church, %Treasurer, 25 Division Street, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.