mark on July 22nd, 2014

DanielsMFREDONIA:  Mildred E. Daniels, 84, of Fredonia Place, formerly of West Seneca, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk.  She was born in Decatur, AL on September 1, 1929, the daughter of the late John and Lucy (Hall) Suits.

Mrs. Daniels was an active supporter of the National Kidney Foundation, was founder of the Neighborhood Watch Program in West Seneca and a former Girl Scout Leader.  She enjoyed traveling with her family.

Mother of Thomas (Wendy) Daniels, of Silver Creek, Darlene Teken, of Gardner, MA, Cheryl (Joseph) Zielinski, of Hilton, NY and David (Rosalyn) Daniels, of Milwaukee, WI, sister of Virginia (A.J.) Reed, of Huntsville, AL, Shirley (Bill) Murphree, of Decatur, AL and Linda Wolfe, of Pensacola, FL.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Vincent Daniels, whom she married December 29, 1951 in Buffalo and by a brother Thomas Suits.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock, with Sue Peacock, officiating.  Interment will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, 180 French Road, West Seneca, NY at 1 o’clock.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221-7380 or to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Dept., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on July 18th, 2014

ConwayEcolorFORESTVILLE:  Edward M. Conway, 75, of Forestville, passed away with his family by his side from a short illness at Brooks Memorial Hospital on January 15th, 2014.  He served in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, then worked in printing & textiles and retired as an Ironworker for the former Dunkirk Radiator.

Edward (Ed) loved and enjoyed spending time with his  family.  He had many passions & hobbies such as: photography, gardening, nature, history, science, building furniture, hunting, fishing and NASCAR.

Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years Joan A. Conway, a son John (Jennifer) Conway and a daughter, Kelley (Brad) Jesionowski.  He is also survived by extended family Henry & Janet Smith, Justin Ernst & Charles Berns and many other family & friends.

A Memorial Service followed by a light lunch will be held Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 2-5 pm at the Pine Valley VFW Post #2522, Rt. 83, Cherry Creek.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

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mark on June 21st, 2014

HowardAFREDONIA:  Agnes B. Howard, 97, a resident of the WCA Home, Temple Street, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville, passed away Friday, June 20th, 2014.  She was born in Cottage on August 16, 1916, the daughter of the late David J. and Mabel (DeRemer) Ball.

As a resident of Forestville since early childhood, Mrs. Howard graduated from the former Forestville Free Academy & High School in 1933 and later from the former Dunkirk Business Institute.  Mrs. Howard’s first job was bookkeeper & secretary in the office of Dr. George B. Ubel of Silver Creek.  In 1936, she returned to Forestville School as the first Secretary to the Principal that the school ever had.  Soon, this job included being Clerk of the Board of Education until 1946, when her late husband Merritt returned from the service in WWII.

For the next 30 years, she worked with her late husband in their farm equipment sales & building construction business.  Also, during some of those years, she & her late husband enjoyed raising & promoting Registered Polled Hereford Cattle.  They were both active in State & National Organizations and in 4-H Livestock Activities.  Rather than retiring at the usual time, she started a different job at the Chautauqua County Social Services Medical Accounting Office in Mayville.  After 6 years, she returned to the Forestville Board of Education Office to work half-time as Deputy Treasurer until 2006, when she retired at age 90.

School history was her deep interest and for many years she served as Historian of the Forestville Central School Alumni Association.  The school bell purchased by the ladies of the village in 1845, has been a special item.  It is a tradition now that the bell is rung to open the school year, just as it rang to open school each day until 1928.

She was a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church, J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Ladies Auxiliary, Forestville, the Pioneer Social Club of Forestville, was Past Noble Grand of the former Grapevine Rebekah Lodge and Past President of NY Cattlemen’s Woman’s Auxiliary known as NY Cowbelles.

Survivors include 3 Nieces Irene Maxson Waxham of Lexington, Kentucky, Grace Maxson Jones of Cattaraugus, Alta Maxson of Atlanta, Georgia, 2 Nephews David R. Ball of Forestville, Roger D. Ball of Frewsburg and 15 Great nieces and nephews.  Beside her parents she was predeceased by her husband Merritt E. Howard whom she married September 10, 1935 and who died Dec. 6, 1992, by 2 sisters Alice J. Ball and Ina Ball Maxson, 2 nephews Charles Ball and Lee Maxson.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating.   Private Interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.  The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on June 7th, 2014

KnoopCFORESTVILLE:  Cassandra Leeann Knoop, 18, of Center Street, Forestville, formerly of Kennedy, died unexpectedly, Friday, June 6th, 2014  in the Town of Hanover.  She was born in Springville on January 25, 1996, the daughter of James D. (Paula) Knoop, Sr. of Forestville and Bert (Chrissy A. Baker) DeVlieger, Jr., of Kennedy.
Ms. Knoop attended the GA Learning Center in Jamestown & Forestville Central School, and was scheduled to graduate from both this month.  She worked as a Crew member for McDonald’s in Fredonia and was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church Kennedy.  Ms. Knoop enjoyed her family, swimming, art, riding horses, writing poetry and loved animals & small children.
Survivors include three brothers, James D. Knoop, Jr., of North Tonawanda, Jordan R. Knoop, of Kennedy, Jeffrey F. Knoop, of Fredonia, five step brothers, Andrew Hooper, Jr., Robert  Hooper, Zachary Hooper, Bert (Melissa) DeVlieger, III, Joshua DeVlieger and two step sisters, Carrie (Demetrius) Daniels and Melissa (Tom) Swartz.  Also surviving are her paternal grandmother Lois B. Knoop of Amherst, maternal grandmother Shirley Baker of Kennedy and grandfather Norbert R. Smith of Forestville, several aunts, uncles & cousins.  She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather David C. Knoop and maternal grandfather Almond L. Baker, Sr.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from the Forestville Wesleyan Church, Forestville, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor and Rev. Michael Herdzik, pastor of New Beginnings Baptist Church, Kennedy officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Lakeshore Humane Society, PO Box 12, Fredonia, NY 14063 or to the Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on May 31st, 2014

FORT CLINTON, OHIO:  Barbara Ann (White) Snow Wilt, of Fort Clinton, Ohio, passed away October 5, 2013, surrounded by her family.  She was born on May 23, 1939, the daughter of the late Herbert and Gertrude (Gunther) White, of Forestville.

Survivors include her husband John Wilt of Fort Clinton, Ohio, 5 children Merton Snow, Jr., Kathleen (George) Feinen, James (Cathy) Snow, Raymond Snow, John Wilt, Jr., 1 brother Peter (Ruth) White and 2 sisters Delores (Carl) Valvo and Dorothy (Milton) Schneider and several grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a son Norman Snow, by a sister Evelyn (Peter) Stott and Eugene White.

Private Graveside Services were held Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Forestville Cemetery.  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

mark on May 26th, 2014

TaylorWFORESTVILLE:  Wayne G. Taylor, 80, of Forestville, died Sunday, May 25th, 2014 at his residence, following an extended illness.  He was born in Smith Mills, on September 19, 1933, the son of the late Edward and Marion (Rater) Taylor.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Pvt. in the Korean War.  Mr. Taylor worked as a Bus Driver for Silver Creek Central School, from 1968-2008.  He also previously worked as a mechanic for the former Allegany-Ludlum Steel, Corporation in Dunkirk and was the owner of the former Vet’s in Hanover Taxi.  Mr. Taylor was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, long time member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and a member of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills.  He enjoyed model airplanes, motorcycles, birds & rabbits.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Gage, of Forestville, Shari (Michael) Miller, of Dunkirk, a son, Robert Taylor, of Fredonia, two brothers, Bill (Shirley E.) Taylor, Warren (Karen) Taylor, two sister-in-laws Shirley Taylor & Norma Taylor, loving companion Noreen Stachowiak and an aunt Elsie Baker.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren & several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 brothers Marshall & Richard Taylor, an infant sister Kay Elaine Taylor and by a son-in-law Darryl Gage.

There will be no visitation observed.  Memorial Services will be held Saturday morning, June 14th, at 11 o’clock from Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills, with Rev. Michael Pollock pastor officiating.  Private Interment will be in Smith Mills Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 NW 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494 or to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc., 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to Sheridan Fire Dept. PO Box 122 Sheridan, NY 14135.   Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on May 19th, 2014

FREDONIA:  Sharon  J. Seiter, 74, of Central Avenue, Fredonia, died unexpectedly, Saturday, May 17th, 2014, at her residence.  She was born in Mayville, on June 23, 1939, the daughter of the late Wilson and Violet (Hess) Leach.

Mrs. Seiter was a graduate of the former Mayville High School, she worked as a Cashier for FSA at SUNY Fredonia, for 12 years and she had previously worked for the former Fredonia Office Supply, for 20 years.  Mrs. Seiter was a member of American Legion Post #59 and the Beaver Club, both of Fredonia.  She enjoyed her family and her grandchildren greatly.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa R. (James) Moch, of Fredonia, a son, Richard W. (Cindy) Scharf, Jr., of Denver, CO, a step son, Scott (Cindy) Seiter, three sisters, Shirley (James) Sanderson, Sandy Leach, Lynnell Ellis, all of Westfield, two brothers, Bill (Karen) Leach, of Dunkirk and Steve Leach, of Westfield.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, David (Nevia) Moch, Jennifer Moch, Madison Scharf & Graelyn Scharf and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Stanley S. Seiter, whom she married April 26, 1974 in St. John’s United Church of Christ and who died Sept. 25, 2000.

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 either to the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect Street, Fredonia, NY 14063 or American Heart Association, 20 Northpointe, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14228.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

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.

mark on April 14th, 2014

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.