mark on November 23rd, 2020

                                           

FORESTVILLE:  Mikala M. Worden, 20, of Water Street, Forestville, passed away unexpectedly, due to medical reasons, at her residence Saturday, November 21st, 2020.

She was born in Dunkirk, on May 21, 2000, the daughter of Randy and Michelle (Struwe) Worden, of Forestville.

  Mikala was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 2019.  She enjoyed painting, doing pictures, camping, being with friends and family & playing with her dog “Kiara”.

  Survivors include two sisters, Amanda Worden, Breanna Worden and a brother, Travis Worden.  Also surviving are her maternal grandparents Jeffrey & Carol (Orlikowski) Struwe, maternal great grandmother Jean Struwe, nieces Layla, Miranda, Katya & Brooklyn, a nephew Jayceon and several aunts & uncles.  She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents Kenneth & Audrey (Blair) Worden, Jr. and a uncle Dan-Dan Struwe.

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

 The family suggests memorials may be made to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street Dunkirk, NY 14048.

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

mark on November 23rd, 2020

                                           

CASSADAGA:  Allen “Butch” W. Harris, Jr., 47, of Rt. 60 Cassadaga, passed away at his residence Friday, November 20th, 2020, due to complications from recent health issues.  He was born in Dunkirk, on January 26, 1973, the son of Allen W. (Bonnie) Harris, Sr. and the late Karen Ann (Dixon) Harris.

  He was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1991, worked for Cliffstar for 12 years, was a Hazmat CDL truck driver and worked as a Bus Driver for Silver Creek Central School for 2 years.

  Allen enjoyed riding his Harley, going to the beach, hunting, swimming, snowmobiling & 4 wheeling, being with family where he was the life of the party, putting others ahead of himself and his dog “R2”.

  Survivors include his wife Barbara A. (Turnbull) Harris of Cassadaga, whom he married on September 12, 2020, in Niagara Falls, NY, two sons Allen W. (Jazzie Love) Harris, III, Mitchel D. Harris, a step daughter, Summer Yochum, all of Forestville; a step son, Justin (Meredith) Keller, of Decatur, GA; two brothers, Steven A. Harris, of South Carolina; and Christopher Harris, of Jamestown.  Also surviving are a grandchild Relic Harris and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his mother he was predeceased by a very close friend Michael J. Kussey.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 4-7 PM from where Funeral Services follow at 7 PM with Rev. Michael Leamon, pastor of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, Silver Creek, officiating.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions, masks are required and capacity is limited to 33% (approximately 53 people at a time).

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to the SPCA, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or to the Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on November 21st, 2020

                                               

COUER D’ALENE, ID:  Kenneth W. Erick of Ivy Court, Couer D’Alene, ID died Sunday, October 25, 2020 at his residence.  He was born January 19, 1948 in Silver Creek, second child of Willard and Pauline (Ward) Erick.

Ken had many loves in his youth among them were basketball in the backyards of Forestville, as most small towns at the time didn’t have public courts.  He could also be found at Walnut Falls doing what he enjoyed most of his life, trying to lure fish.  A good day for Ken was the fishing as opposed to most people just interested in catching.  Yes and track… I suppose a lot had to do with the track coach, Mr. Robert Barnett, the high school chemistry teacher.  Chemistry, how about that, pharmacy makes sense. Basketball is a team sport and Ken along with other talented youths finished the seasons with their usual trip to Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo for the sectional championships. 

Next was college at UB, where he played basketball.  After two years, he was accepted into the school of pharmacy.  But, he was left unprotected that summer and received his draft notice.  Pharmacy school would have to wait.  Instead, his education took a turn to Fort Sam Houston combat medic training.  Added to this military experience was the one year tour of Vietnam, as a combat medic.  He didn’t talk much about that experience as many vets.  Ken left to restart his life, discarding his uniform in the airport in exchange for civilian attire.  But yes as an honorable discharge, he had fulfilled his obligation.  When he returned home in 1973, there was no room at the UB School of Pharmacy, but the University of Wyoming had just opened a new school of Pharmacy and there was room for him there.  He packed up overnight and was off on his adventure.  He graduated in 1975 and served his internship at Arnolds Drugs in Detroit, MI.  Here he picked up another love- jazz, especially BB King, who could be found playing the clubs of Motown near Ken’s apartment.  Interning doesn’t pay well, so when a job appeared in Phoenix, AZ, he was off.  One drugstore was bought by another and by another, while being in the same physical store, he eventually ended up working for Rite Aid.  In the drug store, he became involved with the store manager Kristen Irvine, who soon became his life partner (wife).  They enjoyed traveling to Mexico, deep sea fishing, fresh water fishing, camping and hunting.  They raised a granddaughter until she was 6.

In 1998, he started to have what they thought was anxiety.  Kristen’s daughter and her husband moved to Idaho, so Ken & Kristen followed.  Ken continued working for Rite Aid, but now filling in at different stores.  The anxiety seemed to get worse, his hands started to have tremors, which was not good for counting pills.  So, Ken retired.  Retirement in 2014 didn’t go well, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease…Vietnam Agent Orange and Kristen had her own health issues.  In January of 2017, Kristen passed away and Ken, already with one hip replacement, was placed in Ivory Court Nursing Home.  Fast forward to 2020, he had another hip replacement, COVID 19, Parkinson’s and room isolation for months on end.  We who are left behind will miss you!

A private Memorial Service will be held and interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhonme.com

mark on November 21st, 2020

PanekNFORESTVILLE:  Nancy L. Panek, 70, of Creek Road, Forestville, died Monday, August 24th, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, following a short illness.  Nancy was born in Silver Creek, on February 9, 1950, the daughter of the late Michael and Lillian (Gawronski) Panek.

She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1968, worked for Bailey Manufacturing for several years, Merritt Estate Winery and the former Johnson Adult Home, all of Forestville.  Nancy was a former member of the Forestville Fire Department as Fire Police and the Chautauqua County Volunteer Fire Police Response Team.  She enjoyed sewing and taking care of animals.

Survivors include a daughter, Stacey (Jasen) Erick, of Fredonia; a son, Jeffrey (Kristin) Kuciapinski, of Downington, PA; two sisters, Rose Hafner, Rita Lathrop, and a brother, Donald Panek.  She is also survived by her longtime companion Stan Jopek of Forestville, five grandchildren Madeline, Emma, Lily Kuciapinski, Brooke & Laural Erick and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister Theresa Schmidt and two brothers Richard and Walter Panek.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning, November 28, 2020 at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions, masks are required and capacity is 33% (approximately 53 people).

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Chautauqua County Volunteer Fire Police Assn, Inc. 2 Academy Street, Suite A, Mayville, NY 14757 or to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.

To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on November 17th, 2020

                                                

CATTARAUGUS:  Patrick M. Hartloff, 43, of Mosher Hollow Road, Cattaraugus, died Sunday, November 15th, 2020 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a 2 year battle with cancer.  He was born in Dunkirk, on May 19, 1977, the son of the late Robert L. and Darlene G. (Harrison) Hartloff.

  He was a graduate of Forestville Central School and worked as an Operator/Laborer for the former R.L. Hartloff & Sons Building Movers, Inc. Forestville, for the former Hartloff Polaris and did alot of freelance work around the area.  Patrick was a member of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills and was an avid snowmobile & dirtbike racer.

  Survivors include his Lifelong loving companion Lisa Whalen of Cattaraugus, a step daughter, Chelsea Whalen, two sisters, Renee (Andy) Hartloff-Kohler, Maci Hartloff, two brothers, Robert Hartloff, Jr. and Travis Hartloff.  Also surviving are a step grandson Castiel Sevillano, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by an infant sister Rachelle Lynn Hartloff, a brother Scott J. Hartloff and a nephew Alex Cope.

  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, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills, officiating.  Interment will follow in Balltown Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  Due to COVID restrictions, masks are required and the capacity of the funeral home is 33% (approximately 53 people).

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street Johnson City, NY 13790 or to Gage Chapel Community Church, % Connie Piccolo, Treas., 1 Burgess Street, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on November 7th, 2020

DUNKIRK:  Nicholas Andin, 94, of East 6th Street, Dunkirk, died Monday, November 2nd, 2020 at Absolut Care of Westfield, following a short illness.  He was born in Dunkirk, on July 22, 1926, the son of the late David and Anna (Dayoub) Andin.

  Nicholas served in the U.S. Navy as a Quartermaster Third Class in WW II and was involved with D-Day.  He owned & operated Andinco Properties Dunkirk, for 40 years and also owned & operated Andinco Trucking of Dunkirk and was part owner & longtime employee of A. Sam & Sons, Dunkirk.  Nicholas was a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Dunkirk the Shriners, Forest Lodge F&AM #166, Fredonia, at one time serving as Grand Master and was involved with the child ID program at the Chautauqua County Fair, the Dunkirk Lighthouse and the Dunkirk Historical Society.

  Survivors include two daughters, Joanne (Daniel) Stevens, of Tarboro, NC; Deborah Washington, of Dunkirk; two sons Nicholas (Beverly) Andin, of Dunkirk; James (Lisa) Andin, of Brocton; and a sister, Dorothy Hanman, of AZ.  Also surviving are eighteen grandchildren, several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Betty (Keopke) Andin, whom he married April 12, 1946 in Dunkirk, son Clifford Andin, daughter Anna Raynor, two sisters Jean and Elsie Andin and two brothers Harry and David “Jr.” Andin.

  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday afternoon, November 14th, at 1 o’clock, from St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 16 West Fourth Street, Dunkirk, with Rev. Helen Sam officiating.  Due to COVID restrictions and seating capacity, it is requested that reservations be made with his son, James (673-5872).

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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Monsey, NY:  Charles F. McGarvey, 77, of Monsey, NY passed away Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at Engelwood Health, in Engelwood, NJ.  He was born in Bronx, NY on July 28, 1943, the son of the late George F. and Mary E. (McCurdy) McGarvey.

  Mr. McGarvey worked as a Service Technician for XEROX in Manhattan, NY, for 30 years.  He was a longtime friend of Bill W., a Ham operator “N2HIG”, a member of the Rockland County Emergency Management Team and the Rockland County Historical Society.  Mr. McGarvey was an avid Computer pioneer and he loved traveling to Germany to visit his family.

  Survivors include a daughter, Christine (Sean) Gibson, of Forestville; two sons Michael McGarvey, of Straubing, Germany; James McGarvey, of Munich, Germany; a sister, Suzanne McGarvey, of Bronx, NY; and a brother, Robert (Ann) McGarvey, of Holbrook, NY.  Also surviving are several grandchildren, several great grandchildren and his beloved cats “Daisy” and “Shayna”.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his loving companion Eleanor Jacobson of Monsey, NY.

  A Memorial Service will be held at A later date.  Time and place to be announced. The family suggests memorials may be made to Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, Inc., 65 Firemen’s Drive, Pomona, NY 10970.

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

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Woonsocket, RI:  Faith E. Mierzwa, 23, of Woonsocket, RI, formerly of Forestville, died Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 unexpectedly due to complications from her Type I diabetes, at her residence.

 She was born in Dunkirk, on September 3, 1997, the daughter of Stacey (Dennis Howe) Mierzwa, of Forestville and Christopher (Debi Giambruno) Mierzwa, of Raleigh, NC.  She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 2015 and a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Culinary Arts.  She currently worked as an Executive Sous Chef at Capriccio Italian Restaurant, Providence, RI, for 3 1/2 years.  Faith was very artistic.  She loved to create new culinary dishes and to paint.  She was forever decorating & rearranging her apartment.  Faith also had a beautiful singing voice.

  Survivors include her maternal grandparents Stanley & Judith Gizowski, Jr. of Forestville, her paternal grandparents Thomas & Katherine Mierzwa of South Dayton, sisters, Alison Mierzwa of Forestville, Ashley Mierzwa of Smynra TN, Brita Howe of Cassadaga, Autumn Howe of New Port News, VA, several aunts, uncles, cousins & a nephew.  She is also survived by her Capriccio family- Vincenzo Iemma and his son Salvatore, and her many coworkers and friends.

  Due to COVID restrictions the family will have a Private Mass of Christian Burial and Interment will follow in Arkwright Summit Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 331 Alberta Drive, Suite 106, Buffalo, NY 14226 or to any homeless shelter located in Providence, Rhode Island.

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

mark on October 17th, 2020
CrowellASOUTH DAYTON:  Alan R. Crowell, 69, of Bartlett Hill Road, South Dayton, passed away Monday, August 10th 2020, at his daughter’s residence in Forestville, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Silver Creek, on October 23, 1950, the son of Marilyn “Mickey” (Valentine) Crowell, of South Dayton and the late Richard Crowell.

Alan was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1969.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1973 and was aboard the USS Forrestal.  Alan worked for the former Great Lakes Printing in Dunkirk for approximately 20 years and as a Technical Sales Representative for McDermitt Printing in Colorado, retiring in 2009. He was a member and past master of Hanover Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville and in 1994 was the youngest Grand Master in New York State and was a past member of the former Frank Acquavia Memorial Post #1344 American Legion, Dunkirk.

Alan loved to write music, sing & play guitar.  Many friends and family enjoyed his musical talents through the years. Alan also liked to fish, ride motorcycle, cook and work with wood.  He loved a good time, a funny joke and his word puzzles.  It was a life well lived and we are grateful to have shared this journey with him.

Survivors include three daughters, Robin Zeman, of Hampton, VA; Tessa Zemgulys, of Chicago, IL; Kayme (Henry) Gianatasio, of Chicago, IL; a son, Jeffrey (Moriah) Keddie, of Fredonia; and a sister, Linda (Sherman Bailey) Hall, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one niece & one nephew.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday afternoon October 24th, 2020 from the Waterman Farm, 308 Rt. 39, Forestville at 4 o’clock, with Rev. Andrew Hall, nephew of the deceased officiating.   A Masonic Service will be conducted by members of the Hanover Masonic Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville and a Military Service will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.  Private interment will be in the Ball Hill Cemetery, Town of Villenova.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9495 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062.

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

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mark on October 6th, 2020
PilawskiJFREWSBURG:  Joseph C. Pilawski, 63, of Bone Run Road, Frewsburg, passed away Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 at UPMC Hamot Hospital, Erie, PA.  He was born in Buffalo, on August 4, 1957, the son of the late Joseph and Marian (Hart) Pilawski.

Joseph graduated from Burgard High School in Buffalo and served in the U.S. Army.  He worked as a Maintenance man for the New York State Parks Department.  Joseph enjoyed working on cars and 4 wheelers.

Survivors include his wife Jane (Carlton) Pilawski of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, two daughters, Heather Belote, Joey Anne Walker, two sisters, Karen (Jeffrey) Waterhouse, Cindy Pilawski and a brother, Steve J. (Lynn) Pilawski.  Also surviving are four grandchildren Mariah Hadley, Alyssa Hadley, Anthony Walker & Jonathan Walker.

Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Smith Mills Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

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

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