mark on March 4th, 2015

GERRY:  Anna Belle Mingle, 96, a resident of Heritage Village Rehab & Skilled Nursing, Route 60, Gerry, formerly of the Town of Arkwright & Forestville, died Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at her residence.  She was born in Great Valley, on September 19, 1918, the daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth (O’Hara) Wheeler.

She worked as a Cook for the St. Stephens Hotel, Brocton.  Mrs. Mingle loved gardening, cooking & baking.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Lou Paternosh and nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Arthur Mingle, who died in 1989 and by a sister Elizabeth “Betty” Smith who died May 11, 2011.

There will be no visitation observed.  Private Interment will be in Burnham Hollow Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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PERRYSBURG:  James Pitt, 74, of Main Street, Perrysburg, formerly of Pearl Street, Forestville, died Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at his residence.  He was born in Buffalo, on May 23, 1940, the son of the late Douglas and Elizabeth (Persons) Pitt.

Survivors include a twin brother Peter Pitt, a half brother, Michael (Maria) Pitt, of East Aurora and a half sister, Susan (Russ) Videtti, of Holland, NY.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a half brother Steven Pitt.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Catholic Burial Service will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, officiating.  Private Interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 27th, 2015

SagerEFORESTVILLE:  Eric S. Sager, 47, of Quarry Road, Forestville, died unexpectedly Thursday, February 26th, 2015, at his residence.  He was born in Dunkirk, on May 20, 1967, the son of Norman and Elizabeth (Kwasnieswki) Sager, of Silver Creek.

Mr. Sager was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School, Class of 1985 and was the Certified Owner Operator of Norm’s Towing & Recovery, LLC, Forestville, for 30 years.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church Silver Creek and a life member of the NRA.  Mr. Sager was dedicated to his work & his family.

Surviving besides his parents are his wife Jodi A. (Hartloff) Sager of Forestville, whom he married in Maui, Hawaii, a daughter, Cecilee Sager and son, Justin Sager, both of Forestville, a sister, Melodee (John) Muccigrosso, of Orland, FL and a brother, David (Kathy) Sager, of Silver Creek.  Also surviving are several cousins, aunts & uncles.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Prayer Services will be held Monday morning at 9 o’clock followed by A Mass of Christian Burial from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Education Fund for the Sager Children, %Evans Bank, 25 Main Street, PO Box 296, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on February 17th, 2015

FancherMFORESTVILLE:  Marguerite M. Fancher, 77, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at her residence, following a 1 year courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in Oil City, PA on February 10, 1938, the daughter of the late Robert and Marie (Carson) Ralston.

She owned & operated the former Mar Bob Craft Center, Forestville, for 25 years, was a long time member of the Sheridan United Methodist Church and attended the Silver Sneakers exercise class in Dunkirk.  Mrs. Fancher enjoyed flower gardening, camping, attending Music in the Park events, yard sales and was an excellent cook.

Survivors include her husband Robert D. Fancher of Forestville, whom she married 60 years ago on February 7, 1955, in Winchester, Virginia, a son Randall Fancher, of Brocton, a daughter, Vicki Fancher, of North Tonawanda, two more sons, Robert (Samantha) Fancher, of Brocton, Richard (Michelle) Fancher, of Honolulu, Hawaii and a sister, Joyce Ann Ralston-Delo, of Meadville, PA.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several cousins, nieces & nephews.

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

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135 or to the Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on February 14th, 2015

FORESTVILLE:  Ronald E. Rankin, 80, of Whitaker Road, Forestville, died suddenly, Friday, February 13th, 2015 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  He was born in Dunkirk on February 5, 1935, the son of the late Walter and Julie (Kulpa) Raczka.  Mr. Rankin worked for the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel, Corp Dunkirk, for 40 years.

Survivors include his wife Gail P. (Allenbrand) Rankin of Forestville, whom he married on October 19, 1957, a son Keith Rankin of Dunkirk, three daughters, Sandra Hanley, of Panama, Marla Carter, of Jamestown, Laura (Jeff) Ball, of Forestville another son Craig Rankin, of Forestville, two sisters, Joan Raczka, of Dunkirk and Ardene (James) Dimmer, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren Kimberly Hanley, Lisa Carter, Natalie Ball, Sara Carter, Angela Carter and Ashley Ball.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother David Raczka, Sr.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday morning, February 28, 2015 at 11 o’clock from St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 8th, 2015

FORESTVILLE:  Grace E. Hall, 88, of Henry Road, Forestville, died Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, following a short illness.  She was born in New Brunswick, NJ on April 20, 1926, the daughter of the late Harold and Margaret (Marconi) Weaver.

Mrs. Hall was a graduate of the former South Dayton High School, Class of 1944 and worked as an Elementary Cafeteria Worker for Forestville Central School, for 29 years.  She was the secretary for the former Abbey’s Ladies Aide and was a correspondent for the former Grape Belt Newspaper.  Mrs. Hall was an avid bird watcher, enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading & watching sports.

Survivors include two sons Kenneth (Pam) Hall, of Prescott, AZ, James (Gerri) Hall, of Forestville, a daughter, Virginia (Leonard) Kuzora, of Fredonia, a brother, Harold (Betty) Weaver, of Belfast, NY and a sister, Rosina Volkoff, of Rushford, NY.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Orren N. Hall, whom she married January 13, 1945 in South Dayton and who died Oct. 25, 2001, a daughter Linda Swanson, 1 brother Elbert Weaver and 3 sisters Anna Jane Kruppner, Helen Northrup & Amy Murray.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 3-5 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Private Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 7th, 2015

OstryeHSILVER CREEK:  Helen L. Ostrye, 102, a resident of St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, Silver Creek, formerly of Sheridan, died Friday, February 6th, 2015 at TLC/HN-Nursing Facility, Irving, following a short illness.  She was born in Irving on June 17, 1912, the daughter of the late William M. and Ida Belle (Pelton) Lawton.

At one time, Mrs. Ostrye tied grapes for the former Sam Dolce.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and plastic canvas, along with watching her grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Ida Carter, of Sarasota, FL, Victoria (Edward) Schafer, of Forestville, Theresa Ann Ostrye, of Dunkirk, three sons Milton (Dorothy) Schneider, of Forestville, Nicholas (Coralee) Ostrye, of Sarasota, FL, Michael Ostrye, of Gowanda and son-in-law Robert Wdowiasz of Fredonia.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her first husband Frank Schneider, her second husband Raymond Ostrye, a daughter Agnes Wdowiasz, 7 brothers Milford, William, Fabius, Edwin, Roy, Bert & Donald Lawton and 2 sisters Violet Klepfer and Isabelle Schneider.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 3-5 & 7-9 pm, from where A Catholic Burial Service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Thomas Walsh, of St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, 2546 East Lake Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 6th, 2015

MeadowsNFORESTVILLE:  Nelson R. Meadows, 84, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died Thursday, February 5th, 2015, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  He was born in the Town of Arkwright, on April 13, 1930, the son of the late Walter W. and Emma (Watrous) Meadows.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1948 and a graduate of Alfred State College with an Associates Degree in Diesel Mechanics.  Mr. Meadows served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and received the Combat Action Ribbon in 2000.  He worked as a Welder Repairman for the Ford Stamping Plant, Woodlawn, for 35 years, retiring in 1989.  Mr. Meadows was a 60 year member & Past Commander of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, Life member & Past Commander of Sheridan VFW Post #6390, member of Sheridan United Methodist Church, where he was member & past Treasurer of the Men’s Club for many years, member of Darwin’s Health Club, Fredonia and the National Wildlife Turkey Federation.  He was an avid hunter, bowler & golfer, was very dedicated to the Forestville & Sheridan Communities and was a strong supporter of the local Republican Party.  Mr. Meadows enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Jeanette (Bishop) Meadows of Forestville, whom he married on April 15, 1989 in the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan, three daughters, Nancy (Marty) Schmidtke, of Saline, MI, Diane (Dale) Niederhauser, of Morgantown, WVa, Polly (Colin) Butler, of Oswego, two step daughters, Deborah (Don) Kron, of Cheektowaga, Diane (Mike) Rafan, of Fredonia, a step son, Stephen (Julie) Foster, of South Dayton and a sister, Lena Dix, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, Jimmy Russell, Michael (Megan) Schmidtke, Lisa Schmidtke, Jake (Amy) Niederhauser, Audrey (Cutler Holland) Niederhauser, Amy (Jeff) Stanislaw, Brian (Greg) Kron, Jason Kron, Brittany (Brad) Kron, Logan Foster, Lyndsay (Nick) Foster, Carson and Dawson Rafan, 4 great grandchildren Kodiak Holland, Lona Foster and Andrew & Mattie Stanislaw.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his 1st wife, Virginia (Yonkers) Meadows, 3 brothers Walter J. “Corky” Meadows, Willis “Dutch” Meadows, Charles Meadows and 2 sisters, Emma Van Valkenburg and Agnes Hilton.

Friends are welcome to call Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, where Military Graveside Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestivlle.

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 the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Rt. 20 Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on January 30th, 2015

FORESTVILLE:  David D. King, 62, of Cedar Street, Forestville, formerly of Farnham, died Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  He was born in Rimersburg, PA on May 6, 1952, the son of the late Jerry V. and Margaret I. (Myers) King.

Mr. King was a graduate of Lake Shore Central School, Class of 1971, served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War and worked for Bush Industries Jamestown, for 10 years.  He enjoyed fishing, fabricating & working with his hands.

Survivors include his wife Deana M. (Derucher) King, of Forestville, whom he married on December 31, 1971, in Gowanda, a son, Jerry (Jackie) King, of Forestville, a daughter, Grace (Jim) Frederickson, of Sweet Water, TN, four sisters, Ila Lake and Leota (Rick) Fite, both of Angola; Betty Lee, of Silver Creek and Nancy King, of Angola.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, Cody & Tyler King, Hunter & Cheyenne Brockman, Jessica, Erica & Jamie Frederickson, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.

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 Military Funeral Services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Forestville Food Pantry, PO Box 309,Forestville, NY, 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on January 26th, 2015

MaxsonDFORESTVILLE:  Del E. Maxson, 68, of Pearl Street, Forestville, died Sunday, January 25th, 2015 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Kenmore, NY on September 16, 1946, the son of the late Erford and Agnes (Raye) Maxson.

He was a graduate of Kenmore West High School, Class of 1964.  Mr. Maxson served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, performed in the Army Band, played in NATO TAP II and was in the Army National Guard.  He worked as a Principal Stock Clerk for Buffalo Public Schools, for 20 years.  Mr. Maxson attended the Forestville United Methodist Church and was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.  Music, especially jazz, and pool were his life, he wrote & sang music and recorded a song for a TV program.  Mr. Maxson loved building with Legos, enjoyed playing Dungeons & Dragons and chess.

Survivors include his wife Barbara (Marczynski) Maxson, of Forestville, whom he married on February 18, 1995, in South Buffalo, a daughter, Jennifer (Joseph) Aguglia, II, of Forestville and a half sister, Karen Lundsford, of Niagara Falls.  Also surviving are 2 grandchildren, Joseph Aguglia, III, Jewel Melody Aguglia and 2 nephews.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Town of Sheridan, where Military Graveside Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 North Gale Street, Westfield, NY 14787 or to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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