mark on January 20th, 2016

CrosgroveMSHERIDAN:  Marjorie K. Crosgrove, 91, of East Main Road, Town of Sheridan, died Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Buffalo on March 13, 1924, the daughter of the late Mayman L. and Blanche (Cook) Gilray.

Mrs. Crosgrove was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1941, had attended the former Dunkirk Business Institute, and graduated from Bryant & Stratton Institute, Buffalo.  She worked as a Salary Payroll Coordinator at the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel Corp., Dunkirk., for 33 years retiring in 1983. She had previously worked for the former Minneapolis Honeywell in Buffalo for several years, and then for the former Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Dunkirk.

She was a member of the Sheridan United Methodist Church, the Sheridan United Methodist Women’s Society and the Sheridan United Methodist Men.  Mrs. Crosgrove was also a charter member of the Sheridan Happy Seniors, where she was a tour guide for 20 years, was a member of the Sheridan Cemetery Association,  where she served as treasurer for 25 years, and enjoyed flower gardening.

In 1976, she was the chairperson of the bicentennial for the Town of Sheridan and was responsible for having the Daniel Reed Monument erected at his homestead in Sheridan.  Mrs. Crosgrove was also responsible for having a roadside sign erected, commemorating  the Sheridan Depot of the New York & Erie Railroad and the completion of the Piermont-on-the-Hudson to Dunkirk line on May 15 1851.  She was instrumental in having the seniors sponsor a roadside sign depicting the location of the Sheridan Streetcar Depot and honoring the streetcars that traveled from Fredonia to Buffalo from Dec. 24, 1908 to Jan. 28, 1933.

Survivors include a step daughter, Jacqueline C. (Sheldon) Grant, of Fredonia and a step grandson Colonel David J. Jungquist serving in the US Army Reserves in Tennessee.  Also surviving are several cousins including special cousins-Justin H. Niebel, Joyce Cordt Robinson & their families, Terry (JoAnn) Niebel and their children Lesley Niebel, Stacy Webber, Justin J. (Erin) Niebel and their son Jack.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Jack Crosgrove, whom she married September 20, 1968 in the Sheridan United Methodist Church and who died August 23, 2009.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 3-7 pm.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from the Sheridan United Methodist Church, Main Road, Sheridan, with Rev. James Spiller, pastor and Pastor Robert Robinson, cousin of the deceased, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Sheridan Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to either the Sheridan United Methodist Church, Main Road, Sheridan, NY 14135, to the Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135 or to any Humane Society of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 16th, 2016

GOWANDA:  Joseph Sangbush, 80, of Rt. 62 Gowanda, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  He was born in Buffalo on June 13, 1935, the son of the late Loretta Sangbush.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday morning from 10-11 o’clock from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock, with Fred Holdridge officiating.  Private Interment will be in Jolls Cemetery Perrysburg.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 16th, 2016

HartensteinCFORESTVILLE:  Clarence Hartenstein, 68, of Center Road, Forestville, died Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Buffalo on May 4, 1947, the son of the late Charles and Helen (Strong) Hartenstein.

Mr. Hartenstein was a Truck Driver for Werner Enterprise, Omaha, NE and also previously worked as a School Bus Driver in Oklahoma.  He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Brocton and enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing accordion.

Survivors include his wife Maria G. (Padilla) Hartenstein of Forestville, whom he married 50 years ago in San Diego, CA, a son, Pedro (Christina & Serena) Hartenstein, of Colden, a daughter, Helen (Arturo) Flores, of La Mesa, CA and a sister, Bernice Radnor, of Las Vegas, NV.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.

There will be no visitation or services observed.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

HallGeFORESTVILLE:  Dr. Geraldine “Gerri” S. Hall, 68, of Putnam Road, Forestville, formerly of Cleveland, OH, died Friday, January 8th, 2016 at her residence, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Elizabeth, NJ on July 22, 1947, the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria (Tower) Karausky.

Dr. Hall was a 1969 graduate of St. Francis College in Lorretto, PA, receiving a Bachelors in Science with emphasis on Biology in a Pre-Med Program.  She received a PhD in Microbiology from St. Bonaventure in 1975 then post doctorate training in Microbiology at Cleveland Clinic from 1977-1979.  Dr. Hall worked as a Clinical Microbiologist at Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH, for 37 years retiring in January 2013. She also was a Professor of Microbiology at Lerner College of Medicine for Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.  Dr. Hall was a member of many Microbiology groups including Northeast Ohio Association Clinical Microbiology (TIIMS), Southeast Association for Clinical Microbiology (SCACM), American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).  She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, reading & baking.  Dr. Hall loved her Golden Lab Retriever “Molly” and was an ovarian cancer survivor for 13 years.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. James O. Hall, of Forestville, whom she married July 3, 1976, in Iselin, NJ and a son, James Joseph “JJ” (Gabriela Prieto) Hall, of Toledo, OH.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, on Saturday morning, January 16th, from 10-12.  A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Cleveland, OH.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to Brooks Memorial Hospital, 529 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fairmount Avenue Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 8th, 2016

KingDFORESTVILLE:  Deana M. King, 62, of Cedar Street Forestville, formerly of Farnham, died Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Syracuse, on February 1, 1953, the daughter of the late Kenneth John Paul and Vienna May (MacDougall) Derucher.

She was a devoted wife who loved her family, grandchildren and wildlife animals.  Mrs. King also enjoyed doing embroidery and watching hummingbirds.  Survivors include a son, Jerry (Jackie) King, of Forestville, a daughter, Grace (Jim) Frederickson, of Sweet Water, TX, 1 sister and 4 brothers.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren Cody & Tyler King, Hunter & Cheyenne Brockman, Jessica, Erick & Jamie Frederickson, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband David D. King, whom she married on December 31, 1971 in Gowanda and who died January 29, 2015 and by 1 sister.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where a Catholic Burial Service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel F. Fiebelkorn officiating.  Private Interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery Forestville.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on December 25th, 2015

SILVER CREEK:  Sharon Leach, 61, of Allegany Road, Silver Creek, passed away Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  She was born in Queens, NY on June 17, 1954, the daughter of the late Edward Clark and Darcy Leach.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 10-11 o’clock, from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James Morrison, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Silver Creek, officiating.  Private Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery Silver Creek.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on December 12th, 2015

GostomskiJObitFREDONIA:  June Gostomski, 89 of Concord Estates, Temple Street, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville, died Thursday, December 10, 2015.  She was the daughter of the late James and Edith (Hiscock) McCann.

Survivors include a daughter Sharon (Ralph) Cervantes of Forestville and two sisters Sylvia Berbich and Gloria Mecca.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren Cuyler (Kim) Cervantes, Tammy (Stephen) Hall, Kathy (Michael) Ferneza, Todd (Tracy) Cervantes and nine great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Ernest A. Gostomski, who died March 28, 1998, by a sister Miriam Mecca, four brothers James, Joseph, Jack & Donald McCann and by a great grandson Logan Ferneza.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at the convenience of the family in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.   Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

mark on December 10th, 2015

ROANOKE, VA:  Russell E. Waxham, 85, of Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA, formerly of Sheridan, died Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at Friendship Manor Nursing Home, Roanoke, VA.  He was born in Dunkirk, on September 23, 1930, the son of the late Raymond and Lillian (Post) Waxham.

Mr. Waxham served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and worked as a Lineman for the former Ralston-Purina Company Dunkirk., for 20 years retiring in 1993.  He was a member of Our Lady of Nazareth RC Church Roanoke, VA., the Roanoke American Legion Post #3 and a Boy Scout Leader for former Troop #21, Forestville.

Survivors include two daughters, Rosanna (Steve) Carter, of Roanoke, VA, Linda (Laird) Williams, of Raleigh, NC, a son, Paul Waxham, of Ithaca, two sisters, Pauline Hutchinson, of East Aurora, Winifred (Robert) Mount, of Thurmont, MD, two brothers, Robert Waxham, of Springfield, VA and Edward (Irene) Waxham, of Lexington, KY.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, his special companion Jean Farmer of Roanoke, VA and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Anna (Castor) Waxham, whom he married May 4, 1957 in St. Martin’s RC Church, Langford and who died January 18, 2003, by a son Mark Golabek, who died June 19, 1999, an infant sister Barbara Waxham, a brother-in-law Donald Hutchinson, a sister-in-law Barbara Waxham and a nephew James Mount.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday evening from 7-9 pm, from where Prayer Services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock followed by A Mass of Christian Burial from St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel F. Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the American Heart Association 20 Northpointe, Suite 130 Amherst, NY 14228 or to Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on December 9th, 2015

GoddardISOUTH DAYTON:  Ivan “Ike” E. Goddard, 84, of Cottage Road, South Dayton, died Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at TLC/HN-Nursing Facility, Irving.  He was born in Washington, OH, on January 19, 1931, the son of the late Frank and Maci (Cline) Goddard.

He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict.  Mr. Goddard worked as a Millwright for the former Bethlehem Steel Corp., Lackawanna, for 33 years retiring in 1983 and was a former Highway Superintendent for the Town of Dayton.  He was an avid motorcyclist, bluebird watcher and former beef farmer.

Survivors include his wife Frieda I. Goddard of South Dayton, whom he married October 3, 1951, in Collins Center, two sons Bruce (Judy) Goddard, of Oconomowoc, WI, David Goddard, of Chicago, IL, two daughters, Cyndi (Al) Lindquist, of Forestville and Ginny Smith, of Bostic, NC.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Doris Vogtli and 2 brothers Franklin & Randall Goddard.

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 2 o’clock, with Rev. Kenneth Pratt, pastor of the Cherry Creek Assembly of God Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Cottage Cemetery.

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

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mark on December 5th, 2015

OwenKFREDONIA:  Kenneth R. Owen, 70, of Brigham Road, Fredonia, died Friday, December 4th, 2015 at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Buffalo, on April 26, 1945, and is the son of the late LeGrand and Jane (nee Murszewski) Owen.  Mr. Owen was a graduate of Bishop Turner High School and served in the Army National Guard.

Mr. Owen worked for the former Arcata Graphics/Quebecor in Depew for 40 years and was a past president of the Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU) Local 17-B.  He was a member of the Silver Creek Fireman’s Club, the West Seneca American Legion Post #735 and was a lifetime member of Gowanda American Legion Post #409.  He was an avid gardener, woodworker, especially building bird houses, loved animals and his dogs.

Survivors include a son, Todd (Claudia) Owen, a daughter, Robin (Ron) McNeill, both of Washington, DC, his loving companion Donna Ostrye of Fredonia and four grandchildren.  Besides his parents, Mr. Owen was predeceased by two brothers Thomas & Clifford Owen.

No visitation will be observed.  Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.