mark on February 6th, 2018

SnyderMIRVING:  Marvin W. Snyder, 79, of Versailles Road, Irving, died Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  He was born in the Town of Hanover, on August 3, 1938, the son of Joyce (Kramer) Snyder, of Dunkirk and the late Clifford Snyder.

He was a graduate of Gowanda High School and served in the U.S. Navy.  Mr. Snyder started with the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center and continued with the Gowanda Correctional Facility for a total of 38 years, retiring as a Plant Superintendent.  He owned Snyder Farms in Irving (a grape & produce farm).  It was one of the anchor farms that attended the Farmer’s Market in Dunkirk for 50 years.  He enjoyed bingo, casinos & farming. Mr. Snyder loved his family.

Survivors include his wife Janice V. (Wright) Snyder, whom he married on October 1, 1985, in Silver Creek, two sons Larry (Pam) Snyder, of Springville; Kenneth (Laurie) Snyder, of Maryland; a daughter, Patricia Snyder Hollingsworth, of Texas; a step son, Thomas Lawton, of Irving; a step daughter, Wendy (Jonathan) Heinz, of Dunkirk; and a sister, Donna Merrill, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.

There will be no visitation observed.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville.   Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Rathbun Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  The family suggests memorials may be made to a Pet Rescue of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on February 3rd, 2018

 KregerRWESTFIELD:  Russell G. Kreger, 54, of Wood Street, Westfield, died unexpectedly Friday, February 2nd, 2018, at his residence.  He was born in Westfield, on January 14, 1964, the son of Lorene L. (Getselmen) Kreger, of Orchard Park and the late Calvin H. Kreger.

Mr. Kreger currently worked as a Security Guard for Welch Foods in Westfield.  He built computers, enjoyed gaming and loved his dogs “Baxter” and “Abbey”.

Survivors include his wife Kimberly M. (Schneider) Kreger, of Westfield, whom he married on July 14, 2001, in Silver Creek, two sisters, Wanda Tallman, of Dunkirk; Donna Ostrye, of Dunkirk; and a brother, Roger Kreger, of Forestville.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides his father he was predeceased by a brother Calvin L. Kreger and a sister Brenda Kreger.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville,with Rev. Michael Leamon, pastor of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, Silver Creek, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 North Gale Street, Westfield, NY 14787.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 31st, 2018

BigelowDanFREDONIA:  Daniel D. “Big Dan” Bigelow, 46, of Cleveland Avenue, Fredonia, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at Mercy Ambulatory Care in Orchard Park, after recently having knee surgery.  He was born in Dunkirk on March 30, 1971, the son of the late Douglas L. and Tenny C. (Webb) Bigelow.

  He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1990 and was currently working as Highway Superintendent for the Town of Pomfret for the last 4 years.  Mr. Bigelow was previously a truck driver for TPS in Silver Creek, owned & operated Big Dan’s Dump Truck Service of Fredonia and worked for the Town of Pomfret as a Motor Equipment Operator for 7 years.  He was a member of the Moniuszko Social Club, Dunkirk and the Fredonia Beaver Club.  Mr. Bigelow enjoyed spending time with his daughter (his pride & joy) and watching her play softball with the West Seneca Magic Softball Travel Team.  He was on the Board of the Fredonia Little League and the coach of her softball team when she was younger and they made it to the States 3 years in a row.  Mr. Bigelow loved his dogs “GG” and “Mocha” dearly also.  Mr. Bigelow had a big heart and was a friend to many.

  Survivors include a daughter, Sydney Bigelow, of Fredonia; and two sisters, Jane (Edward) Balzer, of Charlotte, NC; and Judy (Daniel) Ainsworth, of Matthews, NC. Also surviving are nieces & nephews Caitlin & Dustin Ainsworth, Corbin & Chase Balzer and Chelsea (Collin) Perry.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville this evening from 7-9 and Friday from 2-4 and 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, Smith Mills, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia.

  The family requests donations be made to The Sydney Bigelow College Fund, %Evans Bank, 25 Main Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

mark on January 23rd, 2018

HartloffDFORESTVILLE:  Darlene G. Hartloff, 72, of Alleghany Road, Forestville, died Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk.  She was born in Buffalo, on January 18, 1946, the daughter of the late Fredrick C and Matilda H. (Jaeger) Harrison.

Mrs. Hartloff was a graduate of Orchard Park High School, Class of 1963 and worked as a Tax Preparer for H&R Block, Silver Creek, retiring as Branch Manager after 30 years.  She was a Class Instructor and had the honor of her daughter, Renee, working with her.  Mrs. Hartloff also was the bookkeeper for R.L. Hartloff & Sons, Building Movers, Inc.  She was a Foster Parent for 60+ children.  Mrs. Hartloff loved crocheting, Lucille Ball and was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan.  She will be sadly missed by her dogs “Lucy” & Ethel”.

Survivors include two daughters, Renee (Andrew) Hartloff-Kohler, Maci Hartloff, three sons Robert Hartloff, Jr., Patrick (Lisa Whalen) Hartloff and Travis Hartloff.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren- Adam Cope, Eric (Amanda Becker) Cope, (and Goddaughter) Bethany (Jackson) Bennett, Brittany (Nathan Mekus) Cope, Natalie Wright and Maceo Wright, 2 step grandchildren Nathan (Haley Smock) Kohler and Dillon Kohler, 5 great grandchildren Gage, Francis, & Oliver Cope and Jayden & Boe Kohler.  Beloved special niece & nephews Chuck (Shelly) Macaluso, Nena (John) Donovan, Michael (Norma) Macaluso and good friends Mark (Rhonda) Gierszewski.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Robert L. Hartloff, whom she married on September 7, 1963 in Orchard Park and who died September 27, 2007, a son Scott J. Hartloff who died in 2000, infant daughter Rachelle Lynn Hartloff who died in 1972 a grandson Alex S. Cope who died in 2006 and her sister & best friend Marion Levan who died in 2007.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 PM and 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.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Hanover Hose Co. #1, % Steve Peters, 11919 Hanover Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Forestville Fire Department Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

 

mark on January 7th, 2018

DUNKIRK:  Catherine “Casey” M. Fabritius, 88, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, died, Friday, January 5th, 2018 at her residence.  She was born in Dunkirk, on March 6, 1929, the daughter of the late John Clayton and Ruth Sarah (Higgs) Cleland.

Mrs. Fabritius was a graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School, Class of 1946 and worked as an Office Manager for the former Meister Contracting Company, Dunkirk, for 18 years.  She was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and enjoyed collecting antiques & traveling.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Knight, of Fredonia; a son, Richard (Rebecca) Armella, of Fredonia; and a sister, Helen Larson, of Sinclairville.  Also surviving are 2 grandchildren: Vincent Armella and Claire (Davon) Ottey, 2 great grandchildren: Mason & Adrienne Ottey and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband James P. Fabritius, who died October 11, 2002 and a brother-in-law Alvin Larson.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 PM, from where Funeral Services will follow at 4 o’clock, with Rev. Alan Jones, nephew of the deceased, officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Evergreen Cemetery, Sinclairville.

The family suggests memorials may be may be made to the Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on January 7th, 2018

RichardsonPFREDONIA:  Phyllis M. Richardson, 90, a resident of the WCA Home, Temple Street, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville, died Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Friendship, NY on June 15, 1927, the daughter of the late Andrew H. and Hazel E. (Wetherby) Compton.

Mrs. Richardson worked as a Therapy Aide for the former JN Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg, for 17 years, retiring in 1989.  She also worked as a waitress at one time.  Mrs. Richardson was a member of the former Round-A-Bouts Home Bureau and she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, painting and spending time with her children & grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Gary (Lori) Richardson, of Dunkirk; and three daughters, Anne (Bruce) Quackenbush, of Cassadaga; Wendy Bird, of Sheridan; Patty (Steve) Arnold, of Fredonia. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Howard P. Richardson, whom she married March 30, 1953 in Elko, Nevada and who died October 22, 2015, by a sister Cecile Burmel and 2 brothers Gaylord and John Compton.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 4-7 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Donald Carlson, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Forestville Cemetery.

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 January 1st, 2018

BrownSDUNKIRK:  Stella A. Brown, 88, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, passed away Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at Brooks Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Dunkirk, on January 19, 1929, the daughter of the late Stanley and Florence A. (Majewski) Suski.

Mrs. Brown was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1946 and she and her late husband owned and operated a Fruit and Grape Farm.  She was a member of St. Anthony’s RC Church, Fredonia and a former member of the St. John Bosco Rosary & Altar Society, Sheridan.  Mrs. Brown was a former 4-H leader and was an excellent baker and cook.  She enjoyed tending to her rose garden, playing cards and attending the casinos.  Mrs. Brown especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include six daughters, Debra (Roy) Rogers, of Hinesville, GA; Donna Brown, of Newark, NY; Amy (John) Rosekrans, of Clifton Springs, NY; Fay (Michael) Hamernik, of Fredonia; Sally (Paul) Crist, of Forestville; Mindy (Doug) Brown, of Fredonia; and a sister, Dorothy Miller, of Novato, CA.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren: Summer (Todd) Buerger, Joshua (Maria) Rogers, Amber (Ryan) Rosekrans, Nathan Rosekrans, Phillip (Jennifer) Tarnowski, Derek Hamernik, Rhian (Joshua) Hawley, Megan (Jon) Crist, MacKenzie Crist and 10 great grandchildren: Ricardo, Jacob, Ava, Jaxson, Samuel, Olivia, Aiden, Mason, Miles and Jace.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Donald J. Brown, whom she married on February 11, 1950 in St. Hyacinth RC Church, Dunkirk and who died on October 18, 1988, by 3 sisters Florence C. Suski, Rita Czarnecki, Loretta Rybij and a brother Stanley “Rusty” Suski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 11 am, from St. Anthony Padua R.C. Church, 42 Orchard Street, Fredonia, with Rev. Joseph Walter officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fredonia.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on December 29th, 2017

FORESTVILLE:  Benjamin F. Bradigan, 84, of Pearl Street, Forestville, passed away Thursday, December 28th, 2017 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Jamestown, on January 24, 1933, the son of the late Floyd and Mildred (VanVlack) Bradigan.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1951 and a graduate of Syracuse School of Nursing, as an RN.  Mr. Bradigan worked as a Nurse Administrator for the former JN Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg, for 35 1/2 yrs. and also worked for the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center in Helmuth.

He was a former member of Tri-County Country Club, Forestville and the Gowanda Moose Lodge #1382.  Mr. Bradigan enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, golf and many other sports.

Survivors include his wife Linda L. (Wilcox) Bradigan of Forestville, whom he married on October 10, 1986, in the First Presbyterian Church, Gowanda, two daughters, Bonnie Bradigan, of California; Beverly Bradigan, of Asheville, NC; two step daughters, Lori (Jeffrey) Menoff, of Gowanda; Susan Chiodo, of Cattaraugus; two step sons Gregory Joubert, of Belleville, IL; Bradley (Melissa) Joubert, of Matthews, NC; and a sister, Edith (Raymond) Beck, of Irving.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters Jenny Farnham, Florabel Majeske and 4 brothers Clyde “Sharkey”, Floyd John, Neal and Mark R. Bradigan.

Funeral Services are private and at the convenience of family. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery.

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 December 25th, 2017

HahnDFORESTVILLE:  Douglas F. Hahn, 78, of Water Street, Forestville, died Sunday, December 24th, 2017 at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Buffalo on May 9, 1939, the son of the late Frederick and Berle (Valentine) Hahn.

Mr. Hahn served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, worked for the former Republic Steel in South Park, as a Laborer and worked as a Carpenter for the former L.G. Hall Building Contractor, Inc. Forestville.

He was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.  Mr. Hahn enjoyed hunting and fishing, which is a love he shared with his sons.  He also loved working with wood, sharing many of his projects with family & friends.  Mr. Hahn enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, especially attending his granddaughter’s sporting events and hunting with his step grandsons.

Survivors include his wife Judith M. (Gestwicki) Hahn, of Forestville, whom he married February 5, 1966, in St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville, two sons Daniel (Marcy) Hahn, of Cassadaga; Jeff (Cindy) Hahn, of Forestville; and a twin sister Doris Hahn of Orchard Park.  Also surviving are a granddaughter Alyssa Hahn, two step grandsons Scott Walters, Sr. & Dylan Walters, a step great grandson Scott Walters, Jr. and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Arthur E. Hahn and a step grandson Todd “TJ” Walters, Jr.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock from Riles and Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church- St. Rose of Lima, officiating.  Military Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville in the funeral home, following services.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family 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 Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on December 21st, 2017

EberzNDUNKIRK:  Nancy Ann Eberz, 74, of Crooked Brook Drive Dunkirk, joined her Lord on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, in Brooks Memorial Hospital, when she lost her valiant battle with ovarian cancer.

Nancy was the daughter of the late Peter J and Ruth (Lockwood) Eberz, born in New York City on March 16, 1943, where her father was stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Nancy spent her childhood in Buffalo as the eldest of her siblings, all of whom survive her.

Two sisters, Mary (Chris) Eberz Brass, of Williamsville; Katherine (Thomas) Eberz Monks, of Fairport, NY, three brothers, Peter (Joanne) Eberz, of Michigan; Kevin (Nora) Eberz, of Tonawanda; Robert (Patricia) Eberz.  She is further survived by 17 devoted nieces & nephews along with 17 great nieces & nephews.

A 1960 graduate of Mt. St. Joseph’s Academy, she entered the convent of the Sister of St. Joseph of Buffalo, at age 17.  Nancy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Medaille College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Buffalo.  She loved Buffalo and loved teaching for many years in the inner city for the Sisters of St. Joseph.  When the Diocese of Buffalo closed the convent, Sister Nancy, who was a Superior at the time, answered a new calling as a public school teacher, beginning in Lackawanna.  She ultimately retired in 1998 from the Grand Island Public Schools, where she had served as Crisis Counselor.

The founding mission in 1854, when the Sisters of St. Joseph came to the United States, was to operate Catholic Schools within local parishes and to establish education and service for what was termed at the time “deaf mute” children.  With her religious background and education, combined with her natural caring, Nancy was drawn to helping children and families, serving through the Family Courts, where she provided crisis counseling for children and families, along with service to special needs children and their families.

Upon retirement, Nancy and her beloved friend, Gileen French, who also survives her, moved to their lakefront home on Lake Erie, where she savored the magnificent sunsets and the everchanging lake.  Nancy also enjoyed many winters in Port Royale, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with Gileen and a myriad of friends.

Known for her gracious entertaining, the fresh flowers in abundance in their homes along with wide-ranging interests and friends, Nancy continued to serve the community as a member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation; and as a stalwart and vibrant supporter of St. Columban’s on the Lake, especially through her work with the annual festival.  She also remained fully engaged with the education focused sorority, The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa.

With abiding faith and goodness of heart, Nancy was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 o’clock on Saturday, January 6th, 2018, on Epiphany, The Feast of Three Kings, from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 328 Washington Avenue, Dunkirk, with Father Dennis Riter officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to Sister’s of St. Joseph’s, 4975 Strickler Road Clarence, NY 14031, to BuffaloSSJ.org or to The Gileen French and Nancy Eberz Second Chance Scholarship at the Fredonia College Foundation, 272 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063.

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