mark on April 20th, 2019

ShermanJFORESTVILLE:  JoEllen M. Sherman, 77, of South Dayton/Silver Creek Road, Forestville, died Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.  She was born in the Village of Gowanda, on February 9, 1942, the daughter of the late Colin A. and Eleanor (Boyes) MacDonald.

She was a graduate of Pine Valley Central School, Class of 1960.  Mrs. Sherman worked as a Developmental Aide for the former JN Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg, for 25 years, based at the Villenova IRA in South Dayton.  She was an active member of the Dunkirk First United Methodist Church, serving on many committees including Willow Mission.  An active member of Collins Center Seniors, with whom she & best friend, Betty Cowan, went on many trips including Branson, MO & New Orleans, LA, Life member of Pine Valley VFW Post #2522, Ladies Auxiliary, Cherry Creek and Honorary member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #375, Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada.  Mrs. Sherman loved to read, make quilts, doing crossword puzzles, baking & scrapbooking.  She also loved antique cars, especially her 1967 Mustang.

Survivors include three daughters, Tane (Rod) Rogers, and Teri (Keith) Fish, both of Forestville; Toni L. Kelley, of Silver Creek; a step son, Jeremy Sherman, of Florida; and a sister, Sharon Kelly, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 3 granddaughters Samantha Austin of Fredonia, Kaitlin Fish of Silver Creek, Hannah Fish of Forestville, step granddaughter Keely (Jack) O’Connor, great granddaughter Kira, great grandson Tucker, 3 step great grandchildren Mason, Duffy & Ella, 4 nephews, 1 niece, 11 great nieces & nephews, 11 great-great nieces & nephews and her beloved cat “Frankie”.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Robert L. Sherman, whom she married on March 17, 1989 in Las Vegas at the Little White Chapel and who died September 29, 2000, by 3 sisters Jean Ann Blair, Mona M. Moore, Collen Huff and a niece Linda Peterson.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 10-12 noon, from where Funeral Services will follow at 12 noon, with Judith Cole, officiating.  Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery, South Dayton.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the First United Methodist Church, 15 East 6th Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation, 10701 Parkridge Blvd, Suite 170, Reston, VA 20191.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on April 12th, 2019

FerryGDUNKIRK:  Gern Ferry, Jr., 97, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at his residence.  He was born in Forestville, on November 25, 1921, the son of the late Gern and Minnie (Wilkes) Ferry, Sr.

Mr. Ferry was a graduate of Forestville Central School class of 1941 and was co-owner of the former Forestville Hardware, for 53 years, from 1955-2008.  He was an exempt fireman of the Forestville Fire Department, a former avid bowler and a die-hard New York Yankees fan.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Gregory) Prechtl, of Fredonia; two sons Ronald (Trish) Ferry, and Douglas Ferry, both of Forestville.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Elinor L. (Martin) Ferry, whom he married on December 11, 1946 in the Forestville United Methodist Church Parsonage and who died January 2, 2019, 3 sisters Minerva Wilson, Loda Metzler, Lucille Cooper and by 5 brothers Truman, Stanley, Donald, Howard and Julius Ferry.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 4-7 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on April 10th, 2019

CrowellMFREDONIA:  Mary Jane Crowell, 94, of Howard Street, Fredonia, formerly of South Dayton, died Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at her residence.  She was born in the Town of Portland, on September 20, 1924, the daughter of the late George and Lulu (Woods) Farnham.

Mrs. Crowell was a member of the former Grape Bunch Camping Club and was one of the longest residents of Fredonia Place, residing there since 2005.  She loved to bake and enjoyed being with family.

Survivors include a son, Terry (Donna) Crowell, of South Dayton; four daughters, Barbara (George Czumaj) Marowski, of Angola; Betty Crowell, of Brocton; Brenda (Gerald) West, of Hamburg; Briget (Jeffery) Johnson, of Perrysburg, son-in-law Charles Johnson of Cattaraugus, two brothers Tom (Jessie) Farnham of Mayville and Fred (Shirley) Farnham of Stockton.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, five step great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Walter R. Crowell, whom she married on November 29, 1945 in Fredonia and who died April 6, 2002, daughter Bonnie Johnson, sister Gladys Woleben and two brothers William & George Farnham.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday, April 20th from 10-11 AM where a Memorial Service will follow at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James Witherington, Jr. , Hospice chaplain, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

ValentineADUNKIRK: Alice E. Pope-Valentine, 78, of West 6th Street, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Westfield, on October 15, 1940, the daughter of the late Everett and Gladys (Tooker) Thompson, Sr.

Mrs. Pope-Valentine attended Forestville Central School, worked as a Bus Driver for Forestville Central School, for 35 years and also worked as a Bus Driver for Silver Creek Central School for 2 years.  She was previously an EMT with the Forestville Fire Department.

Mrs. Pope-Valentine loved her dog & cat, hockey and playing Bingo.  She was an avid Sabres, Bills & NASCAR fan.  Mrs. Pope-Valentine especially loved her children & grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Panek, of Dunkirk; Connie Pope, of Fredonia; Rebecca (Jeffrey) Yacklon, of Dunkirk; two sons Chris Pope, of Forestville; Lance Pope, of Fredonia; and a brother, Everett (Roxanna) Thompson, Jr., of South Carolina.  Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, one great grandson and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Dale Pope, a son Wayne Pope, three sisters Norine Peckham, Elmona Rice, Monica Sutherland and a brother Gardner “Clem” Thompson.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday afternoon, June 9, 2015 at 2 o’clock from the Forestville United Methodist Church, Park Street, Forestville with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the City of Dunkirk Fire Department, Headquarters 311 Eagle Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.

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

mark on March 30th, 2019

DomenicoTFORESTVILLE:  Timothy P. Domenico, 64, of Quarry Road Forestville, died Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a brief illness.  He was born in Silver Creek, on June 13, 1954, the son of the late Edward F. and Marion J. (Olsen) Domencio, Sr.

Mr. Domenico was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1972.  He currently worked as a Deputy Supervisor for the Town of Hanover Highway Department, for 25 years, was part owner of the former Domenico Farms and at one time worked for H. Olsen & Sons, Inc.  Mr. Domenico was a member of the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery Board.  He enjoyed spending time at the Alleghany Mountain Resort, and with his grandchildren at sporting events, concerts and family events.  Mr. Domenico was willing to help anyone without asking for anything in return.

Survivors include his wife Sylvia B. (DeGolier) Domenico of Forestville, whom he married on June 13, 1998, in Forestville, a daughter, Melody Voigt, of Forestville; four sons Jason (Jillian) Domenico, of Fredonia; Bruce Kaus, Jr., of Mayville; Harry (Nicole) Kaus, of Gowanda; Scott (Cassandra) Kaus, of Panama, two sisters, Maureen Daugherty, of Forestville; Donna Marie (Thomas) Murray, of Princeton, NJ; and a brother, Edward F. (Traci) Domenico, Jr., of Forestville. Also surviving are fifteen grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Michael A. Domenico, who died May 23, 2008 and an infant brother Christopher Domenico.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on both Sunday & Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, from where a Prayer Service will be held Tuesday morning at 9:15 am, 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.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery Town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 27th, 2019

LycettJSOUTH DAYTON:  John T. Lycett, 74, of Cherry Street, South Dayton, passed away Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, following a brief illness.  He was born in Buffalo, on December 18, 1944, the son of the late Harry C. and Ruth (Roloff) Lycett.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and served in the National Guard.

Mr. Lycett worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for the NYS Thruway Authority, Westfield, retiring in 2002 after 25 years of service, was an expert Class A Ham Radio operator- “JJ2L” and an avid motorcycle rider.

Survivors include his wife Priscilla (Goodnoe) Lycett, of South Dayton, whom he married on July 31, 2004, in Forestville, four sons Scott (Lori) Lycett, of Orchard Park; Jeffery (Jodi) Lycett, of Utah; Brian Lycett, of South Dayton; James Lycett, of Virginia; a step son, Nicholas (Erin) Langworthy, of Amherst; and a sister, Linda Rose of Forestville.  Also surviving are six grandchildren, several step grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Sally Peebles.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday 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, where graveside military service will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on March 22nd, 2019

McBrideWESTFIELD:  Jean M. McBride, 94, a resident of Absolut Care of Westfield, formerly of Silver Creek, passed away Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at her residence.  She was born in Perry, NY on November 10, 1924, the daughter of the late Joseph and Charlotte (Harris) Hollister.

Mrs. McBride was a graduate of Perry High School.  At one time, Mrs. McBride modeled clothing for Fisher Price & LL Berger in NYC.  She loved animals, walking and enjoyed having conversations with people.

Surviving are two sons Lloyd McBride, of Canada; and Dennis (Karyn) McBride, of Silver Creek. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Meryl McBride, whom she married on October 26, 1946, in Warsaw, NY.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street Dunkirk, NY 14048.

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

 

mark on March 21st, 2019

GriffithRDUNKIRK:  Richard J. Griffith, Sr., 78, of Ruggles Street, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, passed away Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, following a short illness, at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.  He was born in Silver Creek, on November 28, 1940, the son of the late Edward and Mary (Christopher) Griffith, Sr.

He worked as an Inside Salesman for the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel, Dunkirk, for 30 years.  Mr. Griffith was a member of the First Ward Falcons Club, Dunkirk Moose Lodge #89, Kosciuszko Club, Moniuszko Club and the Dom Polski Club, all of Dunkirk.  He was an avid Bills Fan.

Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda (Craig) LaCorata, of Ft. Mill, SC; Monica (John) Rehm, of Lake Wylie, SC; and a son, Richard J. (Elizabeth) Griffith, Jr., of Fredonia.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his stepfather Joseph Suski, his wife Frances S. (Waligora) Griffith and brother Edward Griffith, Jr.

Services will be private and at the convenience of family.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 6th, 2019

WilkeyCSOUTH DAYTON:  Claudia J. Wilkey, 64, of First Street, South Dayton, passed away Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at her residence. She was born in Dunkirk, on February 11, 1955, the daughter of the late Arthur and Betty (Congdon) Till.

Claudia was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1973 and a graduate of Jamestown Business College, as a Medical Secretary in 1975.  She worked as a Treasurer for the Village of South Dayton, for 25 years and also worked as a cashier for South Dayton Supermarket.  Claudia loved auto racing, sewing & crafts.

Survivors include a son, Timothy (Kerri) Wilkey, of South Dayton; a daughter, Stacey (Patrick) Woolsey, of Freeland, WA; and a sister, Beth Till, of Fredonia. Also surviving are two grandchildren Dakota & Charlotte Wilkey and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister Terry Fijal.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 4-8 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Carol Dill, pastor of the South Dayton United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the South Dayton Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 88, South Dayton, NY 14138 or to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 1st, 2019

CervantesTFREDONIA:  Todd M. Cervantes, 42, of Straight Road, Fredonia, died Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Dunkirk, on September 15, 1976, the son of Ralph G. Cervantes, of Forestville and the late Sharon L. (Stroka) Cervantes, who died October 29, 2017.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1994 and a graduate of Jamestown Business College in February 2017 with an Associates in Applied Science.  Mr. Cervantes worked as a Warehouse Clerk for the former Carriage House, Fredonia, for 10 years.  He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers & Penguins fan, enjoyed reading and was a Bass Player for many local bands.  His favorite bands were “Iron Maiden” & “Rush”.

Survivors include his wife Tracy A. (Horton) Cervantes of Fredonia, whom he married on October 12, 2013, two sons Brandon and Nicholas Barrus, living at home, a brother, Cuyler (Kim) Cervantes, of Saginaw, MI; two sisters, Tammy (Stephen) Hall, of Jefferson, GA; and Kathy (Michael) Ferneza, of Forestville.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his mother he was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Ernest & June Gostomski and his paternal grandparents Pedro & Isabel Cervantes.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.