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FORESTVILLE:  Tonia B. Lucas, 70, of Bradigan Road, Forestville, died unexpectedly, Thursday, November 22nd, at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  She was born in Paterson, NJ on June 22, 1942, the daughter of the late Walter A. and Mary Ann (Tasso) Bamonto, Sr.

Mrs. Lucas was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1960.  She at one time worked for the OBSERVER, the former Harvest The Best and the former Tops, Dunkirk.  Mrs. Lucas received her Real Estate license and began selling real estate for the former D&F Realty, where she was top sales agent on several occasions.  Mrs. Lucas and her husband, Kenneth, where proprietors of numerous rental properties in Fredonia & Dunkirk and she retired to Forestville in 2005.  She loved gardening, flowers, cooking & her dogs.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth F. Lucas, Forestville, whom she had been together with for 30 years and married in December 2002, two step daughters, Amey (Buck) Yanik, of Franklin, PA, Robin (Nathan) Fuentes, of Brocton, a sister, Mary Ellen (Doug) Newman, of Dunkirk, a brother Walter A. (Susan) Bamonto, Jr., of Rochester, 8 grandchildren Cortny, Justin, Brooke, Brittany, Elisa, Jasmine, Christian & Lilly, 2 great granddaughters Haley & Hannah and nieces & nephews Natalie, Brent, Suzanne, Yvonne, Angela, Kyle & Alise.  Also surviving are several great nieces & nephews and her best friends- Barney, Sadie, Katie & Molly.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her 1st husband Francis (Chico) Ardillo.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville Saturday evening from 7-9 pm and on Sunday from 2-4 &7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11  o’clock, with Pastor Molly Golando, of the Sheridan United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 North Gale Street, Westfield, NY 14787 or American Diabetes Association, Memorial/Honor Program, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.  To post condolences go to


4 Comments on Obituary Notice- Tonia B. Lucas

  1. Chester Kozlowski says:

    Tonia was a wonderful , always bubbly person and a great friend and classmate.
    We shared many a laugh together and i enjoyed visiting with her at our last class reunion.
    Heaven just got a wonderful addition. Condolences go out to her entire family.

  2. Kevin Ardillo, Aurora Colorado says:

    I extend my heartfelt condolences to Ken, Mary Ellen, Walter, Natalie, Brett and all the other family members and friends affected by Tonia’s sudden passing. Although many, many years ago, I have several fond childhood memories with Aunt Tonia, especially our travels to Florida and Disney World which I’ll treasure forever. R.I.P ziggy!

  3. Judy Crowell says:

    Kenny and family,
    I was so sorry to see of Tonia’s passing. I know you were together for such a long time and I also know how happy she made you. She and you and your family are in my prayers. May God Bless all of you. My sincere condolences.
    Judy Crowll

  4. MaryAnn, Edinboro, PA says:

    Dear Ken,

    You, Tonia, & all of Tonia’s beloved family have been in my thoughts & prayers since the sad & shocking news of Tonia’s passing . . . The memories of special times shared with you, Tonia, my Fredonia & Erie Families–at Pat & Andy’s, my place, your “Heaven-on-Earth” Bradigan Road sanctuary, your delightful wedding day, etc.–are memories that I have always treasured & cherished … Too much time has passed since our last “reunion” and I had been looking forward to reconnecting with the Two of You … Knowing that it is now too late for that to happen during my remaining days on this Earth, is quite devastating . . . It is times like these that it is essential to remember that once special bonds are created in a spirit of love, appreciation, & respect, they last for all eternity … Passage of time does not weaken these bonds … So, now, I simply thank God for the Blessing of you & Tonia having a special bond with our Family, . . . and will focus on precious memories of Tonia’s immense joy & delight in Living and of her loving & giving nature, which was expressed in so many ways … by her great love for you, family, & for her canine & feline companions … by Tonia’s amazing culinary feasts for family & friends & the accompanying camaraderie … by her concern for the welfare of all who were in need, vulnerable, or disadvantaged … & by all her “special projects” … The magnificent gardens which the two of you created together will be an ever-present, ever-vibrant symbol of the love & life you shared … May memories of the joy & peace the two of you shared immersed in all of God’s inimitable Creations surrounding you in your special place … your sanctuary … high on the hill on Bradigan Road, bring you comfort … You, Barney, Sadie, Katie & Molly, and all of Tonia’s family & loved ones continue to be in my thoughts and prayers … At this time of heart, mind, & soul-wrenching loss, may you be immersed in, strengthened & comforted by, the love of our Creator … May you find peace & solace (& smiles & laughter) in memories of the full & vibrant life you have shared with your beloved Tonia, until that day when you meet again, across the “Rainbow Bridge” … on The Other Side … in a place beautiful & fulfilling beyond all Earthly comprehension ….

    With love & prayers,

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