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DUNKIRK:  Frances J. Palmer Fancher, 99, a resident of the Chautauqua County Home, Temple  Road Dunkirk, formerly of Creek Road, Forestville, died peacefully, Friday, November 25th, at her residence.  She was born in Dunkirk on October 7, 1912, the daughter of the late Steve and Pauline (Bartkowski) Sikorski.

Mrs. Fancher worked as a Sewing Instructor for the former VanRaalte, Inc. Silver Creek, for 16 1/2 years.  She was a member of Forestville United Methodist Church and the Lakeside Rebekah Lodge #381, Cassadaga.  At one time she served on the Board of Elections for the Town of Arkwright.  Mrs. Fancher was a homemaker & enjoyed crocheting.

Survivors include a son, Lester (Virginia) Palmer, of Forestville, a step daughter, Donna (Carl) Kuhlman, of Dunkirk, three step sons Robert Fancher, of Forestville, Rollin Fancher, of Dunkirk, David Fancher, of San Juan Capistrano, CA, a sister, Hildegard Polvino, of St. Vincent’s Home, Dunkirk and a half sister, Ruby Krautsack, of Griffin, GA.  Also surviving are 2 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her 1st husband Myrl Palmer, by her 2nd husband Albert Fancher, by a sister Florence Bernett and by 3 brothers Frank Geabon, Richard Ball & Ralph Ball.

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 Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Arkwright Summit Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street Forestville, NY 14062.  To send condolences go to

1 Comment on Obituary Notice- Frances J. Palmer Fancher

  1. Clint Fancher says:

    To the family of Fran, I and my siblings have many fond memories of Fran and time with her and our Grandfather, Albert. Visiting them in Arkwright was always a real pleasure. She was a sweet and generous woman. Loved her dearly, Clint Fancher.
    From 2nd Corinthians 1 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”

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