mark on January 7th, 2018

DUNKIRK:  Catherine “Casey” M. Fabritius, 88, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, died, Friday, January 5th, 2018 at her residence.  She was born in Dunkirk, on March 6, 1929, the daughter of the late John Clayton and Ruth Sarah (Higgs) Cleland.

Mrs. Fabritius was a graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School, Class of 1946 and worked as an Office Manager for the former Meister Contracting Company, Dunkirk, for 18 years.  She was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and enjoyed collecting antiques & traveling.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Knight, of Fredonia; a son, Richard (Rebecca) Armella, of Fredonia; and a sister, Helen Larson, of Sinclairville.  Also surviving are 2 grandchildren: Vincent Armella and Claire (Davon) Ottey, 2 great grandchildren: Mason & Adrienne Ottey and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband James P. Fabritius, who died October 11, 2002 and a brother-in-law Alvin Larson.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 PM, from where Funeral Services will follow at 4 o’clock, with Rev. Alan Jones, nephew of the deceased, officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Evergreen Cemetery, Sinclairville.

The family suggests memorials may be may be made to the Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on January 7th, 2018

RichardsonPFREDONIA:  Phyllis M. Richardson, 90, a resident of the WCA Home, Temple Street, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville, died Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Friendship, NY on June 15, 1927, the daughter of the late Andrew H. and Hazel E. (Wetherby) Compton.

Mrs. Richardson worked as a Therapy Aide for the former JN Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg, for 17 years, retiring in 1989.  She also worked as a waitress at one time.  Mrs. Richardson was a member of the former Round-A-Bouts Home Bureau and she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, painting and spending time with her children & grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Gary (Lori) Richardson, of Dunkirk; and three daughters, Anne (Bruce) Quackenbush, of Cassadaga; Wendy Bird, of Sheridan; Patty (Steve) Arnold, of Fredonia. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Howard P. Richardson, whom she married March 30, 1953 in Elko, Nevada and who died October 22, 2015, by a sister Cecile Burmel and 2 brothers Gaylord and John Compton.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 4-7 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Donald Carlson, officiating.  Interment will follow in the 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 January 1st, 2018

BrownSDUNKIRK:  Stella A. Brown, 88, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, passed away Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at Brooks Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Dunkirk, on January 19, 1929, the daughter of the late Stanley and Florence A. (Majewski) Suski.

Mrs. Brown was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1946 and she and her late husband owned and operated a Fruit and Grape Farm.  She was a member of St. Anthony’s RC Church, Fredonia and a former member of the St. John Bosco Rosary & Altar Society, Sheridan.  Mrs. Brown was a former 4-H leader and was an excellent baker and cook.  She enjoyed tending to her rose garden, playing cards and attending the casinos.  Mrs. Brown especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include six daughters, Debra (Roy) Rogers, of Hinesville, GA; Donna Brown, of Newark, NY; Amy (John) Rosekrans, of Clifton Springs, NY; Fay (Michael) Hamernik, of Fredonia; Sally (Paul) Crist, of Forestville; Mindy (Doug) Brown, of Fredonia; and a sister, Dorothy Miller, of Novato, CA.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren: Summer (Todd) Buerger, Joshua (Maria) Rogers, Amber (Ryan) Rosekrans, Nathan Rosekrans, Phillip (Jennifer) Tarnowski, Derek Hamernik, Rhian (Joshua) Hawley, Megan (Jon) Crist, MacKenzie Crist and 10 great grandchildren: Ricardo, Jacob, Ava, Jaxson, Samuel, Olivia, Aiden, Mason, Miles and Jace.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Donald J. Brown, whom she married on February 11, 1950 in St. Hyacinth RC Church, Dunkirk and who died on October 18, 1988, by 3 sisters Florence C. Suski, Rita Czarnecki, Loretta Rybij and a brother Stanley “Rusty” Suski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 11 am, from St. Anthony Padua R.C. Church, 42 Orchard Street, Fredonia, with Rev. Joseph Walter officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fredonia.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on December 29th, 2017

FORESTVILLE:  Benjamin F. Bradigan, 84, of Pearl Street, Forestville, passed away Thursday, December 28th, 2017 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Jamestown, on January 24, 1933, the son of the late Floyd and Mildred (VanVlack) Bradigan.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1951 and a graduate of Syracuse School of Nursing, as an RN.  Mr. Bradigan worked as a Nurse Administrator for the former JN Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg, for 35 1/2 yrs. and also worked for the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center in Helmuth.

He was a former member of Tri-County Country Club, Forestville and the Gowanda Moose Lodge #1382.  Mr. Bradigan enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, golf and many other sports.

Survivors include his wife Linda L. (Wilcox) Bradigan of Forestville, whom he married on October 10, 1986, in the First Presbyterian Church, Gowanda, two daughters, Bonnie Bradigan, of California; Beverly Bradigan, of Asheville, NC; two step daughters, Lori (Jeffrey) Menoff, of Gowanda; Susan Chiodo, of Cattaraugus; two step sons Gregory Joubert, of Belleville, IL; Bradley (Melissa) Joubert, of Matthews, NC; and a sister, Edith (Raymond) Beck, of Irving.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters Jenny Farnham, Florabel Majeske and 4 brothers Clyde “Sharkey”, Floyd John, Neal and Mark R. Bradigan.

Funeral Services are private and at the convenience of family. 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.

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

 

mark on December 25th, 2017

HahnDFORESTVILLE:  Douglas F. Hahn, 78, of Water Street, Forestville, died Sunday, December 24th, 2017 at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Buffalo on May 9, 1939, the son of the late Frederick and Berle (Valentine) Hahn.

Mr. Hahn served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, worked for the former Republic Steel in South Park, as a Laborer and worked as a Carpenter for the former L.G. Hall Building Contractor, Inc. Forestville.

He was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.  Mr. Hahn enjoyed hunting and fishing, which is a love he shared with his sons.  He also loved working with wood, sharing many of his projects with family & friends.  Mr. Hahn enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, especially attending his granddaughter’s sporting events and hunting with his step grandsons.

Survivors include his wife Judith M. (Gestwicki) Hahn, of Forestville, whom he married February 5, 1966, in St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville, two sons Daniel (Marcy) Hahn, of Cassadaga; Jeff (Cindy) Hahn, of Forestville; and a twin sister Doris Hahn of Orchard Park.  Also surviving are a granddaughter Alyssa Hahn, two step grandsons Scott Walters, Sr. & Dylan Walters, a step great grandson Scott Walters, Jr. and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Arthur E. Hahn and a step grandson Todd “TJ” Walters, Jr.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock from Riles and Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church- St. Rose of Lima, officiating.  Military Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville in the funeral home, following services.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on December 21st, 2017

EberzNDUNKIRK:  Nancy Ann Eberz, 74, of Crooked Brook Drive Dunkirk, joined her Lord on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, in Brooks Memorial Hospital, when she lost her valiant battle with ovarian cancer.

Nancy was the daughter of the late Peter J and Ruth (Lockwood) Eberz, born in New York City on March 16, 1943, where her father was stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Nancy spent her childhood in Buffalo as the eldest of her siblings, all of whom survive her.

Two sisters, Mary (Chris) Eberz Brass, of Williamsville; Katherine (Thomas) Eberz Monks, of Fairport, NY, three brothers, Peter (Joanne) Eberz, of Michigan; Kevin (Nora) Eberz, of Tonawanda; Robert (Patricia) Eberz.  She is further survived by 17 devoted nieces & nephews along with 17 great nieces & nephews.

A 1960 graduate of Mt. St. Joseph’s Academy, she entered the convent of the Sister of St. Joseph of Buffalo, at age 17.  Nancy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Medaille College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Buffalo.  She loved Buffalo and loved teaching for many years in the inner city for the Sisters of St. Joseph.  When the Diocese of Buffalo closed the convent, Sister Nancy, who was a Superior at the time, answered a new calling as a public school teacher, beginning in Lackawanna.  She ultimately retired in 1998 from the Grand Island Public Schools, where she had served as Crisis Counselor.

The founding mission in 1854, when the Sisters of St. Joseph came to the United States, was to operate Catholic Schools within local parishes and to establish education and service for what was termed at the time “deaf mute” children.  With her religious background and education, combined with her natural caring, Nancy was drawn to helping children and families, serving through the Family Courts, where she provided crisis counseling for children and families, along with service to special needs children and their families.

Upon retirement, Nancy and her beloved friend, Gileen French, who also survives her, moved to their lakefront home on Lake Erie, where she savored the magnificent sunsets and the everchanging lake.  Nancy also enjoyed many winters in Port Royale, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with Gileen and a myriad of friends.

Known for her gracious entertaining, the fresh flowers in abundance in their homes along with wide-ranging interests and friends, Nancy continued to serve the community as a member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation; and as a stalwart and vibrant supporter of St. Columban’s on the Lake, especially through her work with the annual festival.  She also remained fully engaged with the education focused sorority, The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa.

With abiding faith and goodness of heart, Nancy was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 o’clock on Saturday, January 6th, 2018, on Epiphany, The Feast of Three Kings, from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 328 Washington Avenue, Dunkirk, with Father Dennis Riter officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to Sister’s of St. Joseph’s, 4975 Strickler Road Clarence, NY 14031, to BuffaloSSJ.org or to The Gileen French and Nancy Eberz Second Chance Scholarship at the Fredonia College Foundation, 272 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063.

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

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WindsorADUNKIRK:  Adeline “Peasie” G. Windsor, 92, of North Main Street, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Friday, December 1st, 2017 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Corry, PA on January 26, 1925, the daughter of the late Harrison W. and Ethel M. (Samples) Belding.

Mrs. Windsor worked as a Housekeeper in the area for 35 years, retiring in 1995.   She was a 52 year member of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, a member of R.S.V.P., Dunkirk, was a volunteer for the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry, Forestville and secretary for the tenants association, Dunkirk.  She loved her church, where she was very active & her family.  Mrs. Windsor was a loved surrogate mom & grandmother.

Survivors include four daughters, June (John) Rennie, of Baytown, TX; Brenda Antolini, of Forestville; Debbie (Douglas) Day, of Ellington; and Gloria J. Windsor, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Clifford E. Windsor, whom she married on July 18, 1942 in the Forestville Wesleyan Parsonage and who died April 16, 2010, by 4 sons Clifton E. Windsor, Jr., Dennis, Leslie & Donald Windsor and 2 sisters Roberta Woodard & Leona Bosworth.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from the Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9603 Prospect Road, Forestville, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in the Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9603 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on December 2nd, 2017

ClarkESILVER CREEK:  Edward O. Clark, 94, of Angell Road, Silver Creek, died Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at the Absolut Care of Dunkirk.  He was born in the Town of Stockton, on June 5, 1923.  He was the son of the late George and Augusta (Herzog) Clark.

Mr. Clark served in the U.S. Army during WW II.  He was a former member of the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, for 20 years, and was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.  Survivors include his wife Margaret M. (Rugg) Clark, of VA, whom he married in December of 1964, three daughters, Nancy Setlock, of Phoenix, AZ; Judy Cramer, of Hornell, NY; Marie Hammond, of Erie, PA; three sons Greg Clark, of Vancouver, British Columbia; Wayne Phillips, of Bristol, VA; Thomas Clark, of Fonda, NY.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife Georgia Rice Clark and by 2 sisters Harriet Manor and Thelma Jackett.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Carol Dill, pastor of the South Dayton United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Randolph Cemetery.  Military Services will be conducted by members of the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, in the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials may be made to South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, 4 Mill Street, South Dayton, NY 14138.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on November 25th, 2017

SmithNFORESTVILLE:  Norbert R. Smith, 84, of Center Street, Forestville, died Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at the Absolut Care of Dunkirk.  He was born in Gowanda, on November 30, 1932, the son of the late Richard F. and Ida (Single) Smith.

Mr. Smith served 2 terms in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.  He worked as a Custodian for the Sweet Home School District, Amherst, for 20 years.  Surviving are a “Son” with whom he lived- James (Paula) Knoop, Sr. of Forestville, “grandchildren” James Jr., Jordan, Jeffery, Robert & Zachary, “great grandchildren” Scarlet & Silas, Hayleigh & Nathan, 2 nephews Gordon & Darwin Waite and a niece Gerry Waite.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters Hazel E. Waite, Ethel I. Krawczyk and “granddaughter” Cassandra Knoop.

There will be no prior visitation observed.  Funeral Services will be held from Thursday morning, November 30th at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Bruce Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Military Services will be conducted by members of the Dunkirk Joint Veteran’s Council in the funeral home.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on November 21st, 2017

FREDONIA:  David J. Szumigala, 71, of Lamberton Road, Fredonia, died Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in the Town of Sheridan, on November 12, 1946, the son of the late Joseph and Stephanie (Rusnaczyk) Szumigala.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1966.  Mr. Szumigala worked for the former Plymouth Tube, Dunkirk, and the former AJ Falcone Farms.  He also worked as a Truck Driver for Add Lumber Co. Dunkirk for 14 years.  Mr. Szumigala enjoyed deer hunting.

Survivors include his wife Margaret “Peggy” (Seekings) Szumigala, of Fredonia, whom he married July 1, 1972, in the Town of Sheridan, a son, David M. (Amy Decker) Szumigala, of Fredonia; a sister, Barb Hopf, of Lesburg, FL; two brothers, Timothy (Kris) Szumigala, of North Carolina; Adrian (Pat) Szumigala, of Florida and a sister in law Norma Szumigala of Arcade.  Also surviving are 1 granddaughter Haley Marie Szumigala and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Joseph Szumigala and 2 sisters Stephanie Szumigala and Theresa Graff.

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

The family suggests memorials may be made to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.