mark on September 24th, 2016

seeleyvDUNKIRK:  Vivian I. Seeley, 95, a resident of the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at her residence, following a short illness.

She was born in Gowanda, on March 25, 1921, the daughter of the late Robert and Clara (Benton) Bell.  Mrs. Seeley was an avid bowler & pinochle player.

Survivors include three sons Randy (Lucia) Seeley, of Silver Creek; Willard (Doris) Seeley, of Irving; Jeffrey (Denise) Seeley, of Forestville; and a daughter, Bonnie Seeley Cornelius, of Ballston Spa, NY.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband William D. Seeley, whom she married on January 12, 1939 and who died June 14, 2010, by 2 sisters Thelma Catrone and Virginia Hancock and by a grandson Daniel Seeley.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Smith Mills Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on September 20th, 2016

sobczakwFORESTVILLE:  Wanda P. Sobczak, 80, of Rt. 83, Forestville, died unexpectedly, Monday, September 19th, 2016 at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.  She was born in Jamestown, on December 9, 1935, the daughter of the late Donald R. and Devine J. (Palmberg) Holmes.

Mrs. Sobczak was a graduate of Cassadaga Central School and a member of the Dunkirk Senior Center.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband and the Senior Citizens.  Mrs. Sobczak enjoyed a good mystery book and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her husband Robert F. Sobczak, of Forestville, whom she married on July 3, 1963, in the First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, three daughters, Susan (Tom) Heinrich, of North Carolina; Lynn Napieralski, of Florida; and Michele Sobczak, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by an infant sister Janet Holmes.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Cowdens Corners Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

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

 

mark on September 17th, 2016

krummjFORESTVILLE:  Janet M. Krumm, 60, of Meyers Road, Forestville, died Friday, September 16th, 2016, at her residence.  She was born in Buffalo, on June 16, 1956, the daughter of the late Robert and Rita (Funk) Trowbridge.

She was a graduate of Clarence High School, Class of 1974.  Mrs. Krumm worked for the Brother’s of Mercy in Clarence, the former Dunkirk Ice Cream and as a Health Care Giver for Willcare in Fredonia.  She attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church Silver Creek, and was a member of the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Ladies Auxiliary.  Mrs. Krumm enjoyed street rods, the Buffalo Bills & the Buffalo Sabres.

Survivors include her husband Paul Krumm, of Forestville, whom she married on October 3, 1987, in Our Lady of Peace RC Church, Clarence, a son, Warren (Robyn) Krumm, of Medina; a daughter, Lisa (George) Bulfon, of Warrenton, VA; a sister, Betsy (Ron) Vandenburg, of Florida; five brothers, Robert (Gail) Trowbridge; Richard (Daisy) Trowbridge; James (Jill) Trowbridge; John (Sheryl) Trowbridge; Brian (Jill) Trowbridge, all of Denver, CO, three best friends Darlene Brinkman, Linda Kingsley and Linda Kiley.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  A Prayer Service will be held Monday evening at 8:45 PM, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfunerahome.com.

 

mark on September 13th, 2016

holmesdGOWANDA:  Devine J. Holmes, 104, a resident of Gowanda Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, formerly of Stockton, Silver Creek & Lakeland FL, died, Monday, September 12th, 2016 at her residence.  She was born in Minneapolis, MN on November 29, 1911, the daughter of the late Karl and Selma (Johanson) Palmberg.

Mrs. Holmes was a graduate of the former Fredonia Normal School.  She and her late husband, Donald R. Holmes, whom she married on June 8, 1935 in Stockton and who died January 12, 1997, resided in Stockton for many years before moving to Silver Creek.  She enjoyed reading her Bible, crocheting, & watching TV.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda (Robert) Sobczak, of Forestville, three grandchildren Susan (Tom) Heinrich, Lynn Napieralski & Michele Sobczak, ten great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by an infant daughter Janet Holmes, a sister Ingeborg Howard and a brother Clifford Palmberg.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Greenwood Cemetery, Stockton.

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 September 13th, 2016

watrobagFORESTVILLE:  Gerald R. Watroba, 78, of King Road, Forestville, died Sunday, September 11th, 2016 at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Buffalo, on January 1, 1938, the son of the late John and Ann (Skowronski) Watroba.

Mr. Watroba was a Partner at Elite Designs Intl, Ltd. Silver Creek, for 32 years.  He also worked for Gleason’s Nursery of Williamsville as a Landscaper for 25 years.  Mr. Watroba enjoyed gardening and baking.

Survivors include his wife Deanne (Tresp) Watroba, of Forestville, whom he married on July 6, 1957, in Buffalo, four sons Mark (Karen Orr) Watroba, of Forestville; Randy (Polly) Watroba, of Silver Creek; Jeffrey (Michaelene) Watroba, of Atlanta, GA; Jeremy (Ann Reynolds) Watroba, of Forestville; and a sister, Arlene Krzeminski, of Cheektowaga.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 brothers Dan and Richard Watroba.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday, from 5-8 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James Rowell, of the Angola Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiating.

Flowers are greatfully declined.  The family suggests memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on September 9th, 2016

 goddardfOCONOMOWOC, WI:  Frieda I. Goddard, 81, of South Concord Road, Oconomowoc, WI, formerly of South Dayton, died Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at her residence.  She was born in Cottage, on December 15, 1934, the daughter of the late Clifton and Byrdena (Edwards) Grantier.

Mrs. Goddard was a member of the former Cottage United Methodist Church and a woman of Faith.  Loving mother of Bruce (Judy) Goddard, of Oconomowoc, WI; David Goddard and partner Christian Schutte, of Chicago, IL; Cyndi (Al) Lindquist, of Forestville; Ginny Smith, of Bostic, NC; and sister of Jean Rice, of Florida.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Ivan “Ike” E. Goddard whom she married on October 3, 1951 in Collins Center and who died December 8, 2015.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 5-8 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Rev. Kenneth Pratt, of the Cherry Creek Assembly of God Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Cottage Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Love Inc. of Gowanda, PO Box 243, Gowanda, NY 14070.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on September 9th, 2016

stanbrojHOOVER, AL: Judith L. Stanbro, 74, of Sulphur Springs Road, Hoover, AL, formerly of Silver Creek, died Monday, September 5th, 2016 at her daughter’s residence with her family at her bedside, following a courageous battle with a lengthy illness.

She was born in the Town of Carroll, NY on February 10, 1942, the daughter of the late Clayton and Esther (Collins) Wickham.  She attended Forestville Central School and worked for M&T Bank, Silver Creek as a Lead Teller for 20 years.

Mrs. Stanbro was a member of TOPS Chapter #890 from 2001-2014 and she wintered in Florida for 7 years, enjoyed camping, motorcycling and doing crafts.

Survivors include her husband Douglas  Stanbro, of Hoover, AL, whom she married on November 26, 1959, in the First United Presbyterian Church, Dunkirk, a son, Stewart (Cindy) Stanbro, of Van Diver, AL; two daughters, Tina (Alan) Grzegorzewski, of Forestville; Sherry (Mark) Tilley, of Hoover, AL; a brother, Terry Wickham, of North Carolina; a sister, Esther “Penny” Conti, of Dunkirk and a sister in law, Roberta “Bobbi” Wickham of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren: Tyler Little, Christopher, Douglas (Jenelle), Matthew and Gretchen Stanbro and Nikalaus Tilley and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother Clayton Wickham.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville Sunday evening from 5-8 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Thomas R. Burian of the First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Alacare Home Health and Hospice Fund, % Connie Edwards, 2970 Lorna Road, Birmingham, AL 35216.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on September 1st, 2016

CrowellNCHERRY CREEK:  Norton Frank Crowell, beloved father, grandpa and great grandpa, peacefully took his last breath on September 1, 2016, in his home on the family farm on Farrington Hollow Road, Cherry Creek, surrounded by his loving family.  He walked through Heaven’s gates and into Eternal Glory at the age of 96 years old, reunited with his wife, Helen, just two days shy of what would have been their 75th wedding anniversary.  They are now together celebrating eternity in Heaven.

He was born on July 7, 1920, in his family home on Cassadaga Road in the Town of Villenova, son of the late Vincent J. and Ruth (Danker) Crowell.  On September 3, 1941, he married Helen Marie Dye, in his sister-in-law’s home on Hooker Road in South Dayton.  They were married for 73 amazing years before she passed away on January 22, 2015.  Their love, devotion and faith in each other and God was a true testament to all those who knew them.

Mr. Crowell was a graduate of the former South Dayton High School, Class of 1936 and Co-owner of Tri-Val Farm, Inc. Cherry Creek.  He was the oldest member of the South Dayton Free Methodist Church, where he was a Trustee for 32 years, Honorary member of Friends Camping Club(formerly Coachmen Vagabond #66), past member of the former Local Agricultural Conservation Committee for 10 years, and former member of the Arkwright Town Board for 12 years.

Mr. Crowell was a patient, kind, gentle and compassionate man.  He was strong, loyal, honest, faithful and most importantly, humble.  He knew the meaning of hard work and the size of his heart and hands showed that he poured his soul into everything he did.  Mr. Crowell was always willing to help others.  Those who knew him were blessed by his stories, his love, his laughter and his prayers.  He was always willing to give the gift of his time, his presence and a listening ear.  Mr. Crowell cherished his family and friends and we were all blessed by his loving, Christian example.  He was wise beyond words and on the day that God called him Home, a walking, talking History book closed its pages forever.  The memories that he shared and that we have of him, are now our greatest inheritance.

Survivors include four loving sons and daughters-in-law, David N. (Kathy) Crowell, of Clymer; Douglas D. (Jan) Crowell, of Cherry Creek; Paul N. (Elaine) Crowell, of Wake Forest, NC; Keith V. (Barb) Crowell, of Cherry Creek, also surviving are his adoring grandchildren, Matthew (T.J.) Crowell, Erica (Matthew) Jenkins, Jennifer (James) Cave, Jory (Laura) Crowell, Amanda (Joseph) Stellrecht, David M. Crumb and Kimberly A. (Joe Marsh) Gens, Julie (David) Morton and Tara (Kevin) Hoitink, nine great grandchildren Morgan McClenny, Brody, Brennan & Bailey Cave, Samuel & Evelyn Crowell, Jackson, Adalyn & Avery Stellrecht, who were all blessed to be able to love and enjoy having their great grandpa in their lives.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews, many great nieces & nephews as well as countless neighbors and friends who he greatly enjoyed.  Besides his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by three brothers Donald V., Harley C. & Lawrence R. Crowell and two sisters Barbara Ann Morales and Phyllis Paul.

Mr. Crowell was a man of great faith.  He was a living witness and testament of God’s love, and in death, his witness and testament will continue on in the legacy that he leaves behind.  Our loss is Heaven’s forever gain.  His favorite Bible verse, a verse that he held tightly to, was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  We find great comfort and joy in the fact that even though he is gone from this Earth, our Dad, Gramps, and Great Grandpa is now enjoying life everlasting in a much greater place.  As he walked through the gates of Heaven, we are certain that his Savior and the angels welcomed him Home saying “well done, thy good and faithful servant!”

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-6 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from South Dayton Free Methodist Church, Pine Street, South Dayton, with Pastor Matt Wittenbrook, officiating.  Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to South Dayton Free Methodist Church, 327 Pine Street, South Dayton, NY 14138.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on August 29th, 2016

NewtonGDUNKIRK:  Geraldine E. Newton, 91, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab, Temple Road Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Sunday, August 28th, 2016, at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA, following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Forestville, on August 20, 1925, the daughter of the late Clarence P. and Frances P. (Matteson) Henry.  Mrs. Newton was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1944, worked for many local factories including canning & glass factories and tied grapes for Joseph Dolce.  She also served as an election official.  She was a member of the Forestville Baptist Church, the former Grapevine Rebekah Lodge #270, current member of the Stockton Star Rebekah Lodge #395 and former member of the Forestville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Newton enjoyed doing needlepoint, crossword puzzles, playing cards, was a big Jeff Gordon fan and was devoted to reading the Bible.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra (Glen Richardson) Jacobs, of Forestville, two granddaughters Michele Jacobs of Jamestown, Carolyn (Brian) Sheldon of Forestville and two great grandchildren Nicole & Christopher Sheldon both of Forestville.  Also surviving is a brother-in-law Donald Newton of Florida and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Roger W. Newton, whom she married in the Forestville Baptist Church and who died May 1, 1992 and three sisters Doris Merrill, Myrtle Lambert and Eliza Henry.

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 Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery.

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

 

mark on August 27th, 2016

SkeelsSFORESTVILLE:  Scott K. Skeels, 39, of Hanover Road, Forestville, passed away Friday, August 26th 2016 at his residence.  He was born in Gowanda, on May 18, 1977, the son of Deborah (Wade) Dubaj, of Gowanda.

Mr. Skeels was a graduate of Gowanda Central School and served in the US Army for 10 years.  He enjoyed living in the country.

Survivors include his wife Corinne V. (Phelps) Skeels, whom he married on July 11, 1999, in Perrysburg, a son Jacob Skeels, of Forestville; two daughters, Shauna Skeels, Traiya Skeels, a sister, Margaret Skeels and a brother, Jeff Skeels.  Also surviving are his grandmother Anne Wade, an uncle Bill (Barb) Wade an aunt Wendy (Ed) Springer and several nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandfather Ken Wade.  Services are private and at the convenience of family.  The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike #420, Rockville, MD 20850.   Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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