mark on December 27th, 2016

gronquistlFREDONIA:  Laura H. Gronquist, 79, formerly of State Street, Jamestown, passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 surrounded by family in the home of her son in Fredonia, where she resided since 2014.  She was born Dec. 8, 1936, in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ruth Hallstrom of Columbus, Ohio.

She was a graduate of Chillicothe High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in science education.  During her teaching career she taught both biology and chemistry at Hindsdale High School in Hindsdale, N.Y., as well as at Jefferson Middle School and Jamestown High School, in Jamestown, retiring from Jamestown High School in 2000.

She was a member of Christ First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years, the Mozart Club, Jamestown Choral Society, PEO, American Association of University Women, and the Jamestown Audubon Society.  She enjoyed going to Chautauqua Institution and singing in the choir there as well as raising horses, gardening, identifying trees and flowers, walking her dog, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Sarah Gronquist of Berkeley, CA, and Matthew (Kristen) Gronquist, of Fredonia, five grandchildren: Eric, Emily, and Michelle Gronquist of Fredonia, and Ian & Reuben Gronquist-Charland of Berkeley CA; and one great granddaughter: Pauline Martinez of Fredonia.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Neva Hallstrom and her brother, John Hallstrom.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday afternoon January 15th, at 2 o’clock, from Christ First United Methodist Church, 663 Lakeview Avenue, Jamestown, with Rev. Natalie Hanson, pastor officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jamestown Audubon Society, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown N.Y. 14701.

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

 

 

 

mark on December 26th, 2016

FREDONIA:  Jean M. Wiers, 72, of Center Road, Fredonia, died Sunday, December 25th, 2016 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  She was born in Buffalo, on February 9, 1944, the daughter of the late Carlton Wiers and Virigina J. (Mannaro) Reed Jock.

She worked as a Cashier at former Quality Markets in the D&F Plaza, Dunkirk for 13 years and previously worked for the former Apples Grocery & Bells Grocery Stores both in Dunkirk.

Survivors include her husband John F. Aeschbacher of Fredonia, whom she married on November 12, 1990, in the Town of Ellery, three daughters, Tina Eddy, Debora (Dustin) Hurd, Charity (Lacey) DeShong, a son John (Robyn) Kuropatwinski and a sister, Carol McCune.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a half-brother William D. Reed.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Cowdens Corners Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 20 Northpointe, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14228.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on December 22nd, 2016

sealanderkFORESTVILLE:  Karl “Skip” G. Sealander, Sr., 81, of Kuhrt Road, Forestville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  He was born in Jamestown, on December 1, 1935, the son of the late Gustaf and Alice (Morrison) Sealander.

Mr. Sealander served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from 1950-1957, being stationed in both Korea & Europe.  He worked as a Head Maintenance Man for Durion in Angola, for 30 years.  He was a member and longtime Post Commander of Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, past County Commander and lifetime member of the Fredonia Beaver Club, where he was a past president.  Mr. Sealander enjoyed bird watching and loved doing yard work.

Survivors include his wife Mary C. (Stafford) Sealander, whom he married on September 12, 1959, in St. Joseph RC Church, Fredonia, a son, Karl G. Sealander, Jr., a daughter, Denise Sealander, both of Forestville; and a sister, Demaris Brown, of West Virginia.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son Timothy Sealander.

A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, December 27th at 12 noon from the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Rt. 20, Sheridan, with a Military Service conducted by members of the Dunkirk Joint Veteran’s Council.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Rt. 20, Sheridan, NY 14135.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on December 3rd, 2016

wellsdFORESTVILLE:  David C. Wells, 84, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died unexpectedly Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at his residence, Town of Sheridan.  He was born in Silver Creek on July 7, 1932, the son of the late James M. and Emma (Anderson) Wells.

He was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School, Class of 1951 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  Mr. Wells worked as an Automation Supervisor for the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn, for 37 1/2 years and was a life member of Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek.  He was an avid hunter, traveling all over the country and enjoyed gardening & wine making.

Survivors include his wife Lois A. (Bayster) Wells, of Forestville, whom he married on Feb. 4, 1954, in Florida, two daughters, Christie Wells, of Erie, PA; Cindy Wells, of Enfield, NH; two sons Mark (Deann) Wells, of Rock Hill, SC; and Michael (Linda) Wells, of Olean.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Ruby Swanson and 2 brothers James & Archie Wells.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville from 2-3:30 PM on Thursday, from where A Memorial Service will follow at 3:30 PM, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Military Services will be conducted by members of Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, immediately following the memorial service.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122 Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on December 3rd, 2016

matthieswSUNSET BAY:  William E. Matthies, Jr., 79, of Ontario Street, Irving, died Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Buffalo, on March 9, 1937, the son of the late William E. and Verna (Fix) Matthies, Sr.

Mr. Matthies worked for the former Dresser Industries as a Steelworker for 25 years and as a Custodian for Depew Central School, for 10 years.  He served in the Navy Reserves for 8 years and was a life member of the Alden Volunteer Fire Department.  Mr. Matthies was a member of the American Legion Post #148, Silver Creek, an active member of the Sunset Drifters Snowmobile club and volunteer handyman for the Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek, until his illness.  He loved spending time with his family, snowmobiling and boating.

As per Mr. Matthies request, there will be no public viewing or services, because in death, he gave life as an organ donor.  The family appreciates all your condolences and a special thank you to the Sunset Bay Fire Department and the people of Sunset Bay for watching over him while riding his scooter.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Harlean J. (Gray) Matthies of Sunset Bay, three children, Karen, Chris and Nancy, two brothers, Gerald (Margaret), Carl (Ann) and

a sister, Carolyn.  Also surviving are 8 grandchildren Jason, Philip (Patti), Yvonne, Steven, Jenny (Shawn), Shannon, Justin (Amanda) & Samantha, 7 great grandchildren Aurora, Billy, Crystal, Phenix, Philip, Jr., Brian & Olivia.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his father-in-law & mother-in-law George & Mildred Sulzbach, Jr., a son William E. Matthies, III and 2 sisters Sharon & Linda.

Services are private and at the convenience of family.  Private Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek.  The family suggests memorials may be made to Sunset Bay Fire Dept., 12798 Allegany Road, Sunset Bay, Irving, NY 14081.

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

 

mark on November 23rd, 2016

janischbFREDONIA:  Betty A. Janisch, 86, a resident of Fredonia Place, Howard Street, Fredonia, formerly of Sheridan, died suddenly Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at her residence.  She was born in Oil City, PA on April 11, 1930, the daughter of the late Leon A. and Anna V. (Henris) Scott.

She was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1947 and attended Grove City College.  Mrs. Janisch worked as a Administrative Assistant for Newbrook Machine, Silver Creek, for 10 years and previously worked for the former Evening OBSERVER, Dunkirk and SUNY Fredonia.  She was a member of the Arbutus Triangle, the former Sylvan Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Dunkirk and Sheridan United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Janisch loved to sew, making clothes for her children, making sewing crafts & creating beautiful quilts.  She also loved her family and will be sadly missed and forever in our hearts.

Survivors include three sons Michael (Amanda) Janisch, of Dunkirk; David (Laura) Janisch, of Ft. Wayne, IN; Daniel (Teresa) Janisch, of Elmira; two daughters, Susan (Charles) Gatto, of Fredonia; Patricia (John) Rickert, of Warren, PA; and son-in-law Randy Hays of Arizona.  Also surviving are many grandchildren and many great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Richard M. Janisch, whom she married in the Sheridan United Methodist Church in 1950 and who died January 27, 1989, and by a daughter Linda Hays, who died in 2012.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday, from 4-8 pm, from where  Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James Spiller, pastor of Sheridan United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on November 23rd, 2016

SILVER CREEK:  Francesco “Frank” Giordano, 76, of Alleghany Road, Silver Creek, passed away Monday, November 21st, 2016 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  He was born in Queens, NY on April 2, 1940, the son of the late Rocco and Francesca (Romoneo) Giordano.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday, from 10-11 o’clock from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock.  Private Interment will be at Jolls Cemetery, Perrysburg.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on November 22nd, 2016

hillikernIRVING;  Neil L. Hilliker, 86, of Versailles Road, Irving, died Monday, November 21st, 2016 at VA WNY Healthcare System, Buffalo, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in the Town of Hanover on August 23, 1930, the son of the late Howard W. and Carmie (Pratt) Hilliker.

He attended Forestville Central School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He worked as an Equipment Operator for the Operating Engineers Local #17 Lake View, for 10 years retiring in 1993. He was also a member of Local #66 Operating Engineers, Pittsburgh, PA and a self-employed Logger for 20 years.  Mr. Hilliker was a member of the Cherry Creek Assembly of God Church and a Life Member of Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing & reading.

Survivors include his wife Eleanor (Ortel) Hilliker of Irving, whom he married on June 12, 1954 in the North Collins Congregational Church, a daughter, Susan (Billy) Huffer, of Williamsville; two sons Neil J. (Judy) Hilliker, of Silver Creek; Jeffrey (Colean) Hilliker, of Taylorsville, NC, three brothers, Ernest J. (Thelma) Hilliker, of Silver Creek; Carl (Connie) Hilliker, of Scottsdale, AZ; and David Hilliker, of Phoenix, AZ.  Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 3 brothers Howard A. “Bite” Hilliker, Allen G. Hilliker and Park Hilliker.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, December 6th at 1 pm from Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, 60 Buffalo Street, Silver Creek, with Rev. Michael Leamon, pastor officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Smith Mills Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

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

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mark on November 20th, 2016

kibelsbeckfSILVER CREEK:  Frank J. Kibelsbeck, 79, of Dennison Road, Silver Creek, died unexpectedly Friday, November 18th, 2016, at his residence.  He was born in Lackawanna on January 24, 1937, the son of the late Frank S. and Theresa (Lippacher) Kibelsbeck.

Mr. Kibelsbeck was a graduate of the former Buffalo Technical High School, Class of 1954 and graduated from Buffalo State with a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s Degree.  He taught Driver Education at Cassadaga Valley Central School, for 32 years.

Mr. Kibelsbeck served with the US Air National Guard from 1960-1963, the Air Force Reserve from 1963-1966, the 107th NY Air National Guard Fire Department, Niagara Falls, NY from 1981-1995 as a Master Sergeant and was called to active duty with the Air Force to serve in Desert Storm from 1990-1991.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek, Hanover Center Fire Department since 1965, Silver Creek Emergency Squad from 1972-2002, Chautauqua County Fire Chiefs Association and American Legion Post #148, Silver Creek.  Mr. Kibelsbeck enjoyed going on cruises.

Survivors include a son, Erik (Jaime) Kibelsbeck, of Ithaca; and a daughter, Laura (Wade) Summers, of Southington, CT.  Also surviving are 2 grandsons Nathaniel & Kieran Summers.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Janet (Lau) Kibelsbeck, whom he married October 22, 1960 in Buffalo and who died February 28, 2014.

Friends are welcome to call at 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 9 o’clock, followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o’clock from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  A Fireman’s Service will be conducted by members of Hanover Hose Co. #1, Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock in the Funeral Home.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Hanover Hose Co. #1, %Steve Peters, 11919 Hanover Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on November 5th, 2016

lebarronb-web2SOUTH DAYTON:  Becky R. Pfleuger LeBarron, 62, of Bartlett Hill Road, South Dayton, died Friday, November 4th, 2016, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville, following a short illness.  She was born in Silver Creek on January 22, 1954, the daughter of the late Raymond Ortel and Darlene (Valentine) Ortel.

She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1972 and currently worked for Lakeview Shock & Incarceration Facility, Brocton.  Ms. LeBarron was a member of Forestville Wesleyan Church and was a Faithful Servant to Christ, having unwavering faith and is now reconnected with him.  She was creative and enjoyed doing crafts, cake decorating, water color paintings and baking & making memories with her grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Thornton, of Las Cruces, NM; two sons Garrett (Stacey) Pfleuger, of Conewango Valley; Wade Pfleuger, of South Dayton; two sisters, Brenda Bentley, of Fairfield, CA; Bonnie (Eugene) Wistner, of New Point Richey, FL and five grandchildren; Emily, Grace & Tyler Pfleuger and Michael & Owen Thornton.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday, 2-4 & 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 Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to South Dayton Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 88 South Dayton, NY 14138 or to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.