mark on March 12th, 2016

GruberM1GruberM2FORESTVILLE:  Michael Gruber, 74, of Rt. 39 Forestville, died Friday, March 11th, 2016 at his residence following a 5 year battle with cancer, with his family by his side.  He was born in Lackawanna, on May 25, 1941, the son of the late Samuel and Eva (Dzelajialia) Gruber.  Mr. Gruber was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1959 and served in the U.S. Marines as a Cpl.

He started as a Bus Driver for Forestville Central School in 1966 & became Transportation Supervisor in July 1992, retiring in May 2000.  Previously, he was a part-time truck driver for Gernatt Asphalt for 12 years and worked for the former JN Adam Developmental Center for 13 years as a Safety Officer.  He also owned & operated a Dairy Farm for approximately 20 years and M. Gruber & Son Lime Service for 25 years.  Mr. Gruber was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville and he enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling to Gettysburg.

Devoted husband of Catherine M. (Franklin) Gruber, of Forestville, whom he married May 2, 1964, in the Free Methodist Church, Gowanda, Loving father of Neal (Chris) Gruber, of South Dayton; Christina (Jessie) Perison, of Perrysburg; brother of Steve (Ruth) Gruber, of South Dayton and Cherished Poppie of Megan & Ava Gruber.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters Christine Cummings and Patricia Franklin.

There will be no visitation observed. A Memorial Services will be held at a later date, time and place to be announced.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Perrysburg Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062 or to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc., 20 West Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Charity of One’s Choice.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

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mark on March 4th, 2016

TafelPFORESTVILLE:  Paul “PT” I. Tafel, Jr., 31, of Route 39, Forestville, formerly of Eden, passed away following a short battle with cancer, Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 at the Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.  He was born in Jamestown, on July 13, 1984, the son of Sue (Runyan) Thompson, of Forestville and the late Paul I. Tafel, Sr.

Mr. Tafel was a graduate of Eden High School, Class of 2003, attended JCC at the Dunkirk Campus and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers Fan who enjoyed cooking.

Surviving besides his mother are his stepfather Lee Thompson of Forestville; three sisters, Roberta “Missi” Johnson, of Jamestown; Ellen (Raul Diaz) Tafel and Sarah Tafel both of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother, Joseph (MaryEvelyn) Pifer, of Corry, PA; and a step brother, Christopher (Colleena) Thompson, of Forestville.  Also surviving are nieces & nephews Natasha, Abigail, Sabastian, Felix & Marina.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday afternoon from 2-4 pm, from where Funeral Services will follow at 4 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228-1198.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 3rd, 2016

SchroederPCLERMONT, FL- Phillip Harold Schroeder, 75, of Clermont, FL, formerly of Forestville, passed away peacefully from cancer, on March 2, 2016 at his home with his wife by his side.  He was born February 26, 1941 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Albert and Myrtle (Palmer) Schroeder.

In 1981, after his marriage to Kathleen “Kathy” (Rodman) Schroeder, he moved to Clermont, FL.  He previously worked at the former Red Wing in Fredonia, as a truck dispatcher for 20 years, and then for Carolyn Candies in Clermont, FL as production manager for 16 years, took early retirement, and then worked as custodian of the FUMC Pre-school for about 3 years. Mr. Schroeder was a charter member of the Clermont Moose Lodge.

Since his school years, he played drums in several bands over the past 60 years, favoring the old country music. Mr. Schroeder played at Clerbrook RV several years and Bee’s RV almost 4 years and always enjoyed talking to the people while on break. He was a loving, gentle, easy going guy, always helping others. He enjoyed making wood projects, feeding the squirrels and birds, in the feeders he made, bike riding on the trail, working in the yard with his wife, watching NASCAR racing, keeping in touch with others on Facebook and was an Avon ‘man’ for 13 years with his wife. He liked to take a different route coming home than what he took getting there and always was willing and ready to do or go anywhere.  He is much loved and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and 2 cats.

Surviving besides his wife are 5 children; Jeffrey Schroeder of Fredonia, Judy Schroeder of Sheridan, Jim Schroeder of South Dayton, Jeremy (Sandie) Schroeder of Forestville, and Hank (Masha) Jensen of Reisterstown, MD, 2 sisters; Carol (Ed) Crecraft and Janice (Jim) Rundell both of Forestville, 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by an infant brother Donald Schroeder and a nephew Dale Crecraft.

There will be Celebration of Life gatherings in both Clermont, FL and in Forestville in the near future.  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 2nd, 2016

OLCOTT, NY- Mavis M. Bonkoske, 94, of Leonard Court, Olcott, NY, formerly of Johnson Creek, NY died Monday, February 29th, 2016 at her residence, following a short illenss. She was born in Valley City, North Dakota on November 2, 1921, the daughter of the late Robert and Delsie (Parr) Frederickson.

She was a graduate of Arcade High School, Class of 1940 and worked as a Cook for Medina Hospital, for 10 years.  She was previously a Bus Driver for Ridge Road Express and Royalton-Hartland Central School District.

Mrs. Bonkoske was a member of the former Johnson Creek Grange, she co-founded the ambulance service in Hartland, started the Johnson Creek Cadets 4-H club and started a community Roller Skating activity at Johnson Creek Grange Hall.

Survivors include two sons Howard Bonkoske, of Burt, NY; Russell (Lois) Bonkoske, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; two daughters, Evelyn (Alexander) Potter, of Indore, West Virginia; Janet (Roger) Cooper, of Olcott, NY; three brothers, Donald Frederickson, of Irving; Roy Frederickson, of South Dayton; James Frederickson, of Forestville; five sisters, Virginia (Lester) Palmer, of Forestville; Irene (Earl) Blakely, of Irving; Ann Frederickson, of Silver Creek; Lucille Harmon, of Florida; and Lois (David) Valentine, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Alfred Bonkoske, whom she married on December 28, 1940 in Arcade and who died July 11, 1996 and by 5 brothers, Marvin, Robert, Lyle, Ernest and Harold Frederickson.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Balltown Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 17th, 2016

IRVING:  Carol M. Frederickson, 80, of Versailles Road, Irving, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, at her residence.  She was born in Silver Creek, on October 24, 1935, the daughter of the late Wilford and Bessie (Snyder) Moore.  Mrs. Frederickson was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School, Class of 1953.  After graduation, she worked for the former Forbes & Wagner, the former C&E, both in Silver Creek and the former Moench Tannery in Gowanda.  Mrs. Frederickson enjoyed her grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Survivors include five daughters, Sandra (Richard) Goddard, of Irving, Brenda Frederickson of Brockport, Lenora Weise, of Silver Creek, Lorraine (Steven) Tarkenton, of Chesapeake, Virginia, Barbara (Ronald) House, of Forestville and a sister, Arlene “Joy” (David) Clark, of Irving.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, Richard A. (Corrina Hendel) Goddard, Holly (Randy) Lemke, Shannon Klancer, Richard B. (Jennifer) Klancer, Vanessa (Shannon) Longjohn, Daniel (Kathy) Wright and Matthew Poquadeck, 15 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Harold Frederickson whom she married on July 4, 1953 in the Methodist Parsonage in Silver Creek and who died June 10, 1995.

Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Rathbun Cemetery, Irving.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Versailles Volunteer Fire Department, 11851 Buffalo Street, Versailles, NY 14168 or to the Charity of one’s choice.

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

mark on February 6th, 2016

FREDONIA:  Wanda Cuevas, 66, of Matteson Street, Fredonia, died Monday, February 1st, 2016 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  She was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 18, 1949, the daughter of the late William R. and Iris (Quinones) Cuevas.  Surviving is her stepmother Marguerite Cuevas of Florida.

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

mark on February 6th, 2016

SOUTH DAYTON:  Evelyn I. Reinard, 71, of South Dayton/Silver Creek Road, died unexpectedly Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at her residence.  She was born in Potzdam, Germany on January 17, 1945, the daughter of the late Werner and Ursula Fein.  Mrs. Reinard worked as a Nutritionist for TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital Irving, for 10 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy (Garry) DeGroot, Kristina Schimek, and a sister, Heidi Krawauja, of Germany.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren- Drew (Darlene) Silleman, Brandyn (Ashley) Silleman, Jessica DeGroot, Mike Schimek, Danielle Schimek & Kristina Schimek and 6 great grandchildren- Ashlynn Silleman, Brooke Silleman, Tanner Silleman, Mattie Silleman, Emma Connors & Max Schimek.

There will be no visitation or services observed.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.

mark on January 20th, 2016

CrosgroveMSHERIDAN:  Marjorie K. Crosgrove, 91, of East Main Road, Town of Sheridan, died Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Buffalo on March 13, 1924, the daughter of the late Mayman L. and Blanche (Cook) Gilray.

Mrs. Crosgrove was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1941, had attended the former Dunkirk Business Institute, and graduated from Bryant & Stratton Institute, Buffalo.  She worked as a Salary Payroll Coordinator at the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel Corp., Dunkirk., for 33 years retiring in 1983. She had previously worked for the former Minneapolis Honeywell in Buffalo for several years, and then for the former Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Dunkirk.

She was a member of the Sheridan United Methodist Church, the Sheridan United Methodist Women’s Society and the Sheridan United Methodist Men.  Mrs. Crosgrove was also a charter member of the Sheridan Happy Seniors, where she was a tour guide for 20 years, was a member of the Sheridan Cemetery Association,  where she served as treasurer for 25 years, and enjoyed flower gardening.

In 1976, she was the chairperson of the bicentennial for the Town of Sheridan and was responsible for having the Daniel Reed Monument erected at his homestead in Sheridan.  Mrs. Crosgrove was also responsible for having a roadside sign erected, commemorating  the Sheridan Depot of the New York & Erie Railroad and the completion of the Piermont-on-the-Hudson to Dunkirk line on May 15 1851.  She was instrumental in having the seniors sponsor a roadside sign depicting the location of the Sheridan Streetcar Depot and honoring the streetcars that traveled from Fredonia to Buffalo from Dec. 24, 1908 to Jan. 28, 1933.

Survivors include a step daughter, Jacqueline C. (Sheldon) Grant, of Fredonia and a step grandson Colonel David J. Jungquist serving in the US Army Reserves in Tennessee.  Also surviving are several cousins including special cousins-Justin H. Niebel, Joyce Cordt Robinson & their families, Terry (JoAnn) Niebel and their children Lesley Niebel, Stacy Webber, Justin J. (Erin) Niebel and their son Jack.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Jack Crosgrove, whom she married September 20, 1968 in the Sheridan United Methodist Church and who died August 23, 2009.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 3-7 pm.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from the Sheridan United Methodist Church, Main Road, Sheridan, with Rev. James Spiller, pastor and Pastor Robert Robinson, cousin of the deceased, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Sheridan Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to either the Sheridan United Methodist Church, Main Road, Sheridan, NY 14135, to the Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135 or to any Humane Society of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 16th, 2016

GOWANDA:  Joseph Sangbush, 80, of Rt. 62 Gowanda, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  He was born in Buffalo on June 13, 1935, the son of the late Loretta Sangbush.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday morning from 10-11 o’clock from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock, with Fred Holdridge officiating.  Private Interment will be in Jolls Cemetery Perrysburg.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 16th, 2016

HartensteinCFORESTVILLE:  Clarence Hartenstein, 68, of Center Road, Forestville, died Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Buffalo on May 4, 1947, the son of the late Charles and Helen (Strong) Hartenstein.

Mr. Hartenstein was a Truck Driver for Werner Enterprise, Omaha, NE and also previously worked as a School Bus Driver in Oklahoma.  He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Brocton and enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing accordion.

Survivors include his wife Maria G. (Padilla) Hartenstein of Forestville, whom he married 50 years ago in San Diego, CA, a son, Pedro (Christina & Serena) Hartenstein, of Colden, a daughter, Helen (Arturo) Flores, of La Mesa, CA and a sister, Bernice Radnor, of Las Vegas, NV.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.

There will be no visitation or services observed.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.