mark on October 3rd, 2019

GageAFORESTVILLE:  Arthur L. Gage, 56, of Rt. 39 Forestville, NY, died Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, following a short illness.  He was born in Gowanda, on June 4, 1963, the son of Carol A. (Webber) Gage, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab, Dunkirk and the late Herbert L. Gage.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1981 and currently worked as a Machine Operator for Cherry Creek Woodcraft, South Dayton, for 33 years.  Mr. Gage managed the family farm on Rt. 39, Forestville, was an over 20 year active member of Southern Tier Coon Hunters, Sinclairville and an avid outdoorsman & hunter.

Survivors include two daughters, Jolene (Joe) Koehler, Mariah Gage, a son Carl Gage and two sisters, Karen (Mahlon) Sommers, of Forestville; and Patricia (Bruce) Hawkins, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are his loving companion Sheila Richmond, of Forestville, two grandchildren Knox Koehler and Shiloh Gage, two nieces Brittany Hawkins & Megan (Ron) Giebner and two nephews Brandon (Sloan) Gage & Nathan Sommers.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 6-8 PM and Saturday morning from 10-11 AM from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to the Southern Tier Coon Hunters, Attn: Kevin Noody, PO Box 541, Sinclairville, NY 14782 or to the National Plott Hound Association %Gerald Chandler, 301 Angel Branch Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on September 26th, 2019

Indian Lake Estates, FL:  Barbara L. Mosher, 78, of Avocado Drive, Indian Lake Estates, FL, formerly of South Dayton, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 in the Town of Leon, NY.  She was born in Dansville, NY on October 23, 1940, the daughter of the late Chester and Bernice (Butcher) Miller.

Mrs. Mosher worked as a Secretary/Treasurer for Harry Austin Milling, Inc., South Dayton, NY, for 56 years.  She was a member of the Collins Draft Horse Club and the American Haflinger’s Association.  Mrs. Mosher enjoyed camping, making crafts and golfing.

Survivors include two sons Michael Mosher, of Thousand Oaks, CA; Mark (Anita) Mosher, of Conewango Valley; a daughter, Karla (Scott) Gilbert, of Medina, OH; and a sister, Pamela (Gary) Ackley, of Leon.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Kenneth R. Mosher, whom she married in Cattaraugus on August 27, 1960 and who died March 25, 2018 and by a daughter Kazan Mosher.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the South Dayton Hotel, Pine Street, South Dayton on Sunday, September 29th at 1:30 pm.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Villenova Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials may be made to American Haflinger Fund %Carolyn Sutton, Treasurer of Fund, 2031 Fixler Road, Medina, OH 44256.

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

mark on September 17th, 2019

NowakHROCHESTER:  Helen M. Nowak, 91, of Rochester, formerly of Brocton, died Friday, June 14th, 2019 at Highland Hospital, in Rochester.  She was born in Buffalo, on April 10, 1928, the daughter of the late Peter and Helen Sypniewski.

Mrs. Nowak was a homemaker and devoted her life to raising her four children.  She loved cooking and baking for holidays and special events, and was an excellent seamstress.  Mrs. Nowak was blessed with a beautiful voice and throughout her life, enjoyed singing and playing the organ.  She especially loved playing cards with family and friends.  Mrs. Nowak was also a lifelong contributor to the Veteran’s Administration and local charities.

Survivors include a son, John (Jan) Nowak, of Lyndonville; and a daughter, Lynette (Greg) Arnold, of Ontario, NY.  Also surviving are six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by two sons, Thomas Nowak, and James Nowak, one sister Eleanor Widzinski and one brother Peter Sypniewski, Jr.

A Private Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek and interment was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

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

mark on September 16th, 2019

HollandRFREDONIA:  Richard C. Holland, Sr., 92, a resident of Fredonia Place, Howard Street, Fredonia, died Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at his residence, following a short illness.

He was born in Neptune, NJ on June 20, 1927, the son of the late William and Violet M. (Hogan) Holland.  Mr. Holland served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman during WW II.

He worked as a Bus Driver for Forestville Central School.  Mr. Holland also worked for New York State as a Mental Hygiene Therapist Aide at the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center and was a Town of Villenova Justice of the Peace from 1985-1989.  He attended Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church, Fredonia, was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville and the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390.  Mr. Holland enjoyed hunting and camping.

Survivors include eight children Violet (Paul) Nail, of Quitman, GA; Richard (Kyong) Holland, Jr., of Warrenton, VA; William (Connie) Holland, of Las Vegas, NV; Helena (Charles) Luce, of Forestville; Debbie Spicola, of Dunkirk; Diana Cooper, of Tonawanda; Joseph (Kathleen) Holland, of Fredonia; Kathleen (William) Raymond, of Fredonia; three brothers Bernard (Patricia) Holland, Charles (Faith) Holland, Robert Holland and three sisters, Mary Milam, Ella Skinner, and Esther Horton.  Also surviving are seventeen grandchildren, several great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Anna (Ozarczuk) Holland, whom he married June 28, 1947 in Frankfurt, Germany and who died September 22, 2010, a daughter Rosemary Mitchell, five brothers Arthur, Jack, David, William and Howard Holland and four sisters Elenor Bidwell, Helen McDonald, Edith Martinowicz and Evelyn Campbell.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 11am-1pm from where Funeral Services will be held at 1 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery, where Graveside Military Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on September 14th, 2019

FREDONIA:  Matthew John Delaney, 58, of Berry Road, Fredonia, passed away Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville.  He was born in Buffalo, NY on May 3, 1961.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 10-11 from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock.  Private interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gowanda.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on September 3rd, 2019

SPRINGVILLE:  James A. Dill, 79, a resident of Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, East Main Street Springville, formerly of Reed Hill Road, Cattaraugus, died Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville.  He was born in Old Bridge, NJ on May 3, 1940, the son of the late James Knight and Lena Lillian (Sitterley) Dill.

He owned & operated the former Dill’s Contracting, Cattaraugus, for 16 years and also worked for the former Roblin Steel, Dunkirk.  Mr. Dill was a member of the Carpenters Local Union, the Randolph Masonic Lodge and the Tyler-Mizpah Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #97 of Portville.  He loved to hunt, cook, put puzzles together and build furniture.

Survivors include his wife Pastor Carol J. (Grey) Dill of Cattaraugus, whom he married on March 26, 1983, in East Otto, four sons Jason Milks, of Huntsville, AL; Daniel Dill, of Cattaraugus; Paul (Renee) Milks, of Gasport; Matthew (Jenna) Dill, of Eggertsville; and two sisters, Sylvia Herkert, of Evansville, IN; Kelleen (Steve) Koonce, of Anderson, SC.  Also surviving are three grandchildren- Grace, Kathleen (Clint) Harvey, Amanda (Michael) Dixon and several nieces & nephews.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6:30-7 PM, from where Eastern Star Services will be held at 7 pm followed by Funeral Services at 7:30 PM, with Pastor Wes Tessey, of the East Otto United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, East Brunswick, New Jersey.

The family suggests memorials may be made to South Dayton United Methodist Church, Pine Street, South Dayton, NY 14138.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on August 22nd, 2019

ChretianGPERRYSBURG:  Glen Chretian, 59, of Main Street, Perrysburg, died Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital.  He was born in Buffalo, on September 22, 1959, the son of the late Glenn and Marilyn (Anderson) Chretian.

He is survived by Pat Fancher, a devoted friend of 25 years.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 10-11 o’clock from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock.  Private Interment will be in Jolls Cemetery, Perrysburg.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on August 6th, 2019

SandersD1SandersD2FREDONIA:  Master Sergeant David P. Sanders, 83, USMC Ret., of Rt. 83, Fredonia, died peacefully in Hospice at Buffalo General, Friday, August 2nd, 2019 after a very brief battle with lung cancer.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 25, 1936, the son of the late Joseph H. and Helen R. (Jadric) Sanders.

Mr. Sanders attended St. Jerome’s School and Cathedral Latin School.  Later in life, Mr. Sanders earned his Bachelors of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Sociology from SUNY Fredonia.  His interest in law led him to the elected office as Justice of the Peace in the Town of Arkwright, which he served for 17 years and also served on the Town Board.  He worked as a Welder at Ford Stamping Plant, Woodlawn, for 20 years.

Mr. Sanders joined the Marine Corps in 1953 and retired after 20 years at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant.  MSGT Sanders was assigned for many years to Marine Helicopter Squadron HMX-1, home of the Presidential Helicopter Marine One.  He served this role under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson & Nixon and was honored with the Presidential Service Medal.  He served several tours in Vietnam, most notably as an aerial gunner, flying “Hueys in VMO-2″, where he was awarded 7 Air Combat Medals, Air Crew Wings and several other decorations & distinctions.  MSGT Sanders continued serving his country and fellow veterans as a Lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, The Marine Corps League and VFW.  He served in various office roles as well as organized and participated in annual charitable fund raising events for both of these organizations for many years.  MSGT Sanders was also a dedicated supporter of MIA/POW recovery efforts.

“Griz” was fond of children, despite his gruff exterior and provided leadership to many young people through his involvement in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4H.  Mr. Sanders often served as Santa Claus, a tradition he and his wife Alice, carried on since their early years together, when they would help support the families of Marines and Sailors who were assigned overseas and were not able to be with their families.  He was an avid firearms enthusiast with a special interest in black powder muskets and firearms safety.

Mr. Sanders operated Dave’s Musket Shop in Arkwright for a number of years, was involved in Hunter Safety training and was a proud Lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.  “Griz” was a 38 year member of the 9th New York Cavalry, an organization within the North-South Skirmish Association, a national organization dedicated to historical preservation and education centering on the American Civil War.  He also served as a safety inspector and small arms expert for 15 years, helping to ensure the safety of participants in hundreds of sporting competitions.

Survivors include his wife and soul mate of 55 years, Alice M. (Austin) Sanders of Arkwright, six children Jerald (Susan), James (Jamia), Suzanne, Bruce, Timothy, and Paul (Lucia) Sanders.  Also surviving are eighteen grandchildren, twenty four great grandchildren and long-time family friends James (Jill) McKenna their three children and two grandchildren.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son Brian Sanders and two grandchildren Toby Brian Sanders and Lisa Dawn Sanders.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday evening from 7-9 PM and on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery, where graveside military services will be conducted.

The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made either to Vietnam Veterans of America, The Marine Corps League, any VFW or any other veteran support group.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on August 4th, 2019

OverbeckSFORESTVILLE:  Steven L. Overbeck, 61, of Walnut Street, Forestville, formerly of Silver Creek, died Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Jamestown, on September 18, 1957, the son of the late Louis and Maude (Devine) Overbeck.

Mr. Overbeck worked as a Mechanic for West Herr Ford in Hamburg, retiring after 14 years.  He also owned & operated the former Custom Iron Motorcycle Shop in Silver Creek and worked as a Motorcycle Mechanic for Twin Iron Customs in Easton, Maryland.  Mr. Overbeck enjoyed being a mechanic, fixing things and helping people.

Survivors include three sons Tim Carrow, of Arizona; Daniel Woods, Jr., of Silver Creek; Christopher Racinowski, of Forestville; two brothers, Bruce (Valerie) Overbeck, of Forestville; and Dennis Fanale, of Silver Creek. Also surviving are one granddaughter Aria Woods, several nieces & nephews and his beloved dog “Monica”.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Diane (Firman) Overbeck, who died March 8, 2008.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Leamon, pastor of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

mark on July 25th, 2019

BowkerHBowkerH2FORESTVILLE:  Homer “Chum” Bowker, Jr., 95, of Prospect Street, Forestville, died Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at his residence, following a short illness.  He was born in Forestville, on July 1, 1924, the son of the late Homer R. and Lucy I. (Matteson) Bowker, Sr.

Mr. Bowker was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1943, went into the US Army in 1943, completed basic training and went directly overseas.  Mr. Bowker fought in New Guinea and the Philippines.  He received two Bronze Stars & two Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf Clusters.  Mr. Bowker was severely wounded and spent many months in a Manilla hospital recovering.  He recently received his infield promotion to Sergeant for his time in Luzon.

When he came home he opened Chum’s Sunoco Service, in Forestville and operated it for 40 years.  Mr. Bowker was a member & Past Commander of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, a life member of Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek, a former member & Past Chief of Forestville Fire Department, was a Trustee for the former Village of Forestville, serving as Mayor for 8 years, was a member & Past President of the Chautauqua County Mayor’s Association, was a Councilman for the Town of Hanover for 16 years, was a member of the Forestville Bi-Centennial Committee, a past member of the Forestville Fall Festival Committee, on the Advisory Board for Evans National Bank, was in the Sheriff’s Mounted Division for 10 years, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, delivering in very rural areas and was very active with the Forestville Food Pantry.  He was Director of Little League Baseball, started softball, soccer & T-Ball for the younger kids for many years and sponsored many bowling, baseball and basketball teams.

Survivors include his wife Katherine E. “Beth” (Hitzemann) Bowker of Forestville, whom he married 40 years ago on June 1, 1979, in Forestville, a son, Bruce (Claudia) Bowker, of Amargosa Valley, NV, two grandchildren Melissa (Andrew) Bowker-Kinley of Falmouth, ME and Travis Bowker of Las Vegas, NV, three great grandchildren Alexander, Christopher & Katherine Kinley, two nieces Amy Barnheisel & Holly Jewell, two great nieces Kylee & Emma Barnheisel and a great nephew Ethan Jewell. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son Barry Bowker, who died February 21, 1998 and a brother Robert Bowker who died January 15, 2019.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, August 6th at the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Cedar Street, Forestville, from 1-3 with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Military services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Hanover Little League, PO Box 41, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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