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FORESTVILLE:  Frances S. Griffith, 77, of Prospect Street Forestville, died peacefully, Sunday, October 28th, surrounded by her loving family, at her residence.  She was born in Buffalo, on September 13, 1935, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Nowyrta) Waligora, Sr.

Mrs. Griffith was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1953 and worked as an Office Manager for the former Carnation Company, South Dayton, retiring after 20 years of service.  She was a member of St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville, an active member of the St. Rose Society, a member of the Kosciuszko Club, and the Dom Polski Club, both of Dunkirk.  She never missed an Alumni Banquet at Forestville Central School, was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan and enjoyed gardening and baking.  Mrs. Griffith especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Richard J. Griffith, Sr. of Forestville, a son, Richard J. (Elizabeth) Griffith, Jr., of Fredonia, two step daughters, Rhonda (Craig) LaCorata, of Fort Mill, SC, Monica (John) Rehm, of Lake Wylie, NC, a sister, Rose Troutman, of Forestville, two brothers, Walter Waligora, of Forestville and Robert Waligora, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren Emily, Alexandra & AnnMarie Griffith, Carrina & Gabrielle LaCorata and Lauren & Samantha Rehm and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by 6 sisters, Genevieve Waligora, Lottie Waligora, Julie Gajewski, Emily Lodyga, Jane Waligora, Mary Press and by 3 brothers, Henry Waligora, Jr., Bronislaus Waligora and Casimer Waligora.

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 Prayer Services will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock followed by A Mass of Christian Burial from St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel F. Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, 165 Central Avenue Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to

11 Comments on Obituary Notice- Frances S. Griffith

  1. Debbie Stelmach says:

    Aloha Frannie…May God welcome you with open arms. The ‘hill’ will not be the same. Condolences to your family.

    Debbie Stelmach
    Kailua, Hawaii

  2. Ed & Sue Czysz says:

    Rich and family, very sorry for your loss, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Bob and Pat Killock says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time. Bob enjoyed working with Fran at Carnation. He remembers the “fun” times.

    Bob and Pat Killock
    Palmetto, Florida

  4. Betty Stelmach says:

    Frannie was a sweetheart. She will be miss by many.
    Condolenses to the family.

    Betty Stelmach
    Jacksonville Florida

  5. Pat Crane says:

    Rich and Beth – So sorry to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. Love you – Aunt Pat

  6. RIchard Yorke says:

    RIP Frances. Thank you for your hospitality back in the day. You were always so kind and so welcoming. My condolences to all of the family.

  7. Although we can not be there our thoughts and prayers go out the the family. Frannie was a great person and a good friend and will be sadly missed by all. We are so glad we got to see her before we feft for Florida. Rest in Peace my friend until we meet again…We Love You!

  8. Deband art says:

    Sorry richie to hear about ur wife if there’s anything u need plz let me know sending prayers ur. Way my friend

  9. James Czysz says:

    Richie and family,
    We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. Having known how ill Frannie has been it is
    a blessing that she suffers no more. Love to all.

    Jim and Karen

  10. Ray & Carol Gajewski says:

    So glad we got to visit with Aunt Frannie while we were in New York. Our condolances go out to all of the family. You’ll certainly be missed….Your suffering & pain now gone.

  11. Joe and Janet Rozen says:

    Rich and family, our deepest sympathy. Fran was a wonderful and beautiful person. She will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

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