mark on February 20th, 2021

FREDONIA:  Jane L. Wright, 58, of Water Street, Fredonia, died Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Silver Creek, on June 28, 1962, the daughter of the late William and Mary Joan (Burr) Fleming.

  Jane was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1980 and graduated from Fredonia State University with her Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees in Education.  She worked as a Preschool Teacher for the Fredonia Baptist Nursery School, Fredonia, for 20 years and was a member of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, where she was very active throughout her life.  Jane enjoyed reading, crocheting & drawing.

  Survivors include her husband Richard D. Wright of Fredonia, whom she married on August 3, 1985, in Forestville, a daughter, Emily (Bill) O’Flaherty, a son, Wesley (Erin) Wright and a sister, Lauren Putnam.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.

  Funeral Services will be held from the Forestville Wesleyan Church, 9495 Prospect Road, Forestville on Wednesday morning, February 24th at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor officiating.  Jane’s funeral will be live streamed at www.forestvillewesleyan.com.  Interment will be private in Forestville Cemetery.

  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 and memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on February 9th, 2021

PERRYSBURG:  Harold Hilts, 87, of Peck Hill Road, Perrysburg, formerly of Alleghany Road, Silver Creek, died Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at his residence.  He was born in North Tonawanda, NY on January 26, 1934, the son of the late Loren and Muriel (Joy) Hilts.

  Harold enjoyed collecting cars of all styles, his favorite was his collection of Red Cars.  One of his great enjoyments was ice cream, of which his favorite flavor was vanilla.  Harold enjoyed visits from his brother Don and sister in law Joy.  They would take him out for ice cream and Harold’s choice was always plain vanilla.  Besides ice cream, his other favorite sweets were black licorice and chocolate bars.  In his younger years, Harold loved the music from the 20’s & 30’s, his bother would play the piano and they would sing the verses together.

  Survivors include a sister in law Joy Hilts of Arlington, Texas, nieces & nephews and his WNYDDSO caregivers.  Besides his parents and brother, he was predeceased by 2 sisters Marjorie & Rose Marie Hilts.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 10:30-11, from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Fred Holdridge, officiating.  Private Interment will be in Acacia Park, North Tonawanda, NY.

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

 

mark on February 8th, 2021

SILVER CREEK:  Phyllis Kohler, 80, of Monroe Street, Silver Creek, died Friday, February 5th, 2021 at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA, following COVID induced pneumonia.  She was born in Brocton, on June 16, 1940, the daughter of the late Anthony and Frances (Giordano) Syracuse.

  Phyllis was a graduate of Brocton Central School, Class of 1958 and attended college in Alfred.  After attending college, while working at the former Niagara Therapy in Brocton, she met John “Jack” Kohler and married him 60 years ago on October 29, 1960 in the Zion Lutheran Church, Silver Creek.  She also worked as an Executive Secretary for the former St. Columban’s Retreat Center in Silver Creek & Derby, for 30 years.

  Phyllis was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Farnham.  She was a very selfless, intelligent and hardworking person.  She loved to read, cook, watch Jeopardy and travel.  Phyllis especially enjoyed being with her husband, family and grandchildren.  She also had a strong faith in God.

   Surviving besides her husband are two sons John T. (Bethany) Kohler, Andrew C. (Genesis) Kohler, a daughter, Melinda (Michael) Johnson and a brother, Thomas (Stella) Syracuse.  Also surviving are three grandchildren; John Joseph Kohler, Michael Wyatt Johnson, Quinlan Jack Kohler, three great grandchildren; Roan, Rorik, Jace and nieces & nephews James, Jacque, Cindy & Marc.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister Betty Hedgman.

  A Celebration of Life will be held in June.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 633 Church Street, Farnham, NY 14061.

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

mark on January 30th, 2021

Jackson, GA:  Henry “Bud” F. Cockburn, 73, a resident of Dream Catcher Assisted Living, Jackson, GA, passed away Monday, January 25th, 2021, at his residence.  He was born in Columbia, SC on April 17, 1947, the son of the late Russell and Carolyn (Corley) Cockburn.

  Bud was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School and worked as a Dishwasher for the former Connie’s Country Kitchen, Meridian, NY, for 3 years.  He was a lifetime member of Hanover Masonic Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville.

  Survivors include a brother, Steven (Vickie) Cockburn, of Greensboro, NC, two nieces, two nephews, one grandnephew and one grandniece.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Lewis G. Daniels and an aunt Thelma Campaign.

  Private Interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street Johnson City, NY 13790 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.

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

mark on January 21st, 2021

IRVING:  Donald Frederickson, Sr., 90, of Versailles Road, Irving, formerly of Dayton, died Wednesday, January 20th, 2021.  He was born in Arcade, on June 7, 1930, the son of the late Robert and Delsie (Parr) Frederickson.

  He served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal with the 350th Infantry from 1951-1953. Donald worked as a Therapy Aide for the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center, Gowanda, for 27 years retiring in 1992 and previously worked for the former Peter Cooper of Gowanda for 15 years.  He was a former member of Dayton Fire Company, for 35 years and a past Assistant Group Leader for the former #41 & #241 Boy Scout troops in Gowanda.  Donald enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing & camping.

 Survivors include his wife Patricia (Teeter) Frederickson of Rochester, whom he married on August 14, 1970 in Springville, a daughter, Cindy Allen, of North Carolina; three sons Robert (Michelle) Frederickson, of Jamestown; Gary (Bonnie) Frederickson, of Dunkirk; Donald Frederickson, Jr., of Rochester; two step daughters, Debra (Wayne) Collins, of Florida; Barbara Scottow, of Rochester; a step son, Richard Bowers, of Olean; four sisters, Irene (Earl) Blakely, of Irving; Anna Frederickson, of Silver Creek; Lucille Harmon, of Florida; Lois (David) Valentine, of Forestville; two brothers, Roy Frederickson, of South Dayton; and James Frederickson, of Forestville.  Also surviving are a brother in law Lester Palmer, five grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by five brothers Marvin, Robert, Lyle, Ernest & Harold Frederickson two sisters Mavis Bonkoske and Virginia Palmer, who died December 17, 2020.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday afternoon from 2-5 PM.  Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral home can have 33% capacity (approximately 50 people at a time).  Private Interment will be in Balltown Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

  The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Dayton Fire Department, 9512 US Rt. 62, Gowanda, NY 14070.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 16th, 2021

DUNKIRK:  Joan E. Holl, 86, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville died Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at her residence.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 22, 1934, the daughter of the late Joseph and Betty (Cramer) DeGrasse.

  Joan worked as a Ladies Locker Room Attendant for Wanakah Country Club, Hamburg, for 7 years.  She previously worked for the Holiday Inn in Altoona, PA as head waitress and worked in Home Care in the Derby & Angola area.  Joan didn’t have it easy in this life.  That being said, she always kept a kind and loving heart.  She worked very hard until she was stricken with RA, her case was most severe.  In spite of that, she made many beautiful paintings and lovely crafts that she shared with everyone.  Joan also loved writing poetry and was a very giving woman.  She will be greatly missed and beyond measure, forever loved!

  Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann (Clinton) Nagel, of Forestville; Kathleen Holl, of Hudson Valley, NY; and a brother, Claude DeGrasse, of Arizona.  Also surviving are four grandchildren- Clinton (Kristina) Nagel, Allen (Jennifer) Nagel, Grace (Jim) Spell, Desiree (Brad) Gildner, six great grandchildren- Caleb, Neviah, Asher, Eli, Ezra, Aria and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by an infant great grandson Ian Nagel, three brothers Robert, Richard & Jack DeGrasse and a sister Patricia Weiner.

  Due to COVID restrictions, services will be at a later date.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Lakeside Cemetery, Town of Hamburg.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 15th, 2021

FORESTVILLE:  Robert S. Richmond, 68, of Rt. 83 Forestville, died Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a brief illness.  He was born in Gowanda, on February 24, 1952, the son of the late Malcolm Richmond and Eva (Whitford) Richmond Dingeldey.

  Robert worked for Cherry Creek Woodcraft in both the Cherry Creek and South Dayton plants, for 24 years from 1990-2014.  He had a great love for woodworking and gardening.

  Survivors include his wife Marguerite (Winslow) Richmond, of Forestville, whom he married on August 21, 1971, in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek, two daughters, Sheila Marie Richmond, of Forestville; Shelby Ann (Roy) Daniels, of Portland; two sisters, Donna (Mike) Webber, of Cattaraugus; Jane Smith, of Tennessee; and two brothers, Patrick (Chris) Richmond, of North Carolina; Fleury (Robin) Richmond, of Forestville. Also surviving are four grandchildren Derek Thompson, Parker Briggs, Alex Thompson, Harlow Daniels, two step grandchildren Jacolin & Josie Daniels and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by an infant brother and infant sister.

  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to South Dayton Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 88 South Dayton, NY 14138.

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

mark on January 14th, 2021

DUNKIRK:  Carol A. Gage, 76, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville died Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at her residence, following a lengthy battle with Dementia.  She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on June 14, 1944, the daughter of the late Reginald J. and Irene (Potter) Webber.

  Carol assisted her late husband Herbert with the former dairy farm on Rt. 39, Forestville.  She was a member of the Needle Club, enjoyed photography and her grandchildren.

  Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Mahlon) Sommers, of Forestville; Patricia (Bruce) Hawkins, of Dunkirk; three brothers, William (Sharon) Webber, of South Dayton; Edward (Dorothy) Webber, of Lewiston, NY; Fred (Temple) Webber, of Forestville; two sisters, Ilean (Joe) Nenoff, of Florida; and Diane Emke Webb, of South Dayton.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Herbert Gage whom she married on December 8, 1962 in the former Perrysburg United Methodist Church and who died December 21, 2012, a son Arthur Gage who died October 1, 2019, two sisters Dorothy Babbit and Joann Gage and by twin brothers.

  Due to COVID restrictions, private funeral services will be held and Interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.  There will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date.

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 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 or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

mark on January 12th, 2021

 

FREDONIA:  Carole I. Meadows, 80, of Chautauqua Road, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville died Saturday, January 9th, 2021 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s and a short illness of pneumonia, with her family by her side.  She was born in Silver Creek, on November 12, 1940, the daughter of the late Gerard “Bill” and Irene (Slawinski) Kniese.

  Carole was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1960 and worked as a Patient Care Assistant with the WCA Home, Fredonia, for over 20 years.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and knitting & crocheting.

  Survivors include a son Sterling Langford of Fredonia, two daughters, Renee (Jose) Perez, of Denver, CO; Lisa (Lloyd) Pasinski, of Fredonia; two brothers, David (Carol) Kniese, of Batavia; and Ronald Kniese, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a nephew Kevin Kniese.

  Due to COVID restrictions, services will be private.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6 Williamsville, NY 14221.

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

 

 

mark on January 9th, 2021

SILVER CREEK:  Kathleen R. Huffman, 85, of West Main Road, Silver Creek, died Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 in the Town of Hanover.  She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 22, 1935, the daughter of the late Charles and Rose (Gedert) Briggs.

  Kathleen was a graduate of the former Burnham High School, Class of 1953 in Sylvania, Ohio and was the former owner of the Village Inn, Silver Creek, for 39 years.  She was a former member of the Grape Festival Committee in Silver Creek.

  Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen R. Koopman, of Silver Creek; two sons William (Rhonda) Farnsworth, of Humble, Texas; John H. Huffman, of Silver Creek; and a sister, Patricia Powell Mockler, of Schwenksville, PA.  Also surviving are longtime family friend Gina Love of Silver Creek and longtime family friend & former employee Sandy Woods of Derby, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and four nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband John I. Huffman.

  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, time and place to be announced.

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to the Silver Creek Fire Department, 162 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Silver Creek Emergency & Rescue Squad, 162 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.

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