OCONOMOWOC, WI: Frieda I. Goddard, 81, of South Concord Road, Oconomowoc, WI, formerly of South Dayton, died Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at her residence. She was born in Cottage, on December 15, 1934, the daughter of the late Clifton and Byrdena (Edwards) Grantier.
Mrs. Goddard was a member of the former Cottage United Methodist Church and a woman of Faith. Loving mother of Bruce (Judy) Goddard, of Oconomowoc, WI; David Goddard and partner Christian Schutte, of Chicago, IL; Cyndi (Al) Lindquist, of Forestville; Ginny Smith, of Bostic, NC; and sister of Jean Rice, of Florida. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Ivan “Ike” E. Goddard whom she married on October 3, 1951 in Collins Center and who died December 8, 2015.
Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 5-8 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Rev. Kenneth Pratt, of the Cherry Creek Assembly of God Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Cottage Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Love Inc. of Gowanda, PO Box 243, Gowanda, NY 14070. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
HOOVER, AL: Judith L. Stanbro, 74, of Sulphur Springs Road, Hoover, AL, formerly of Silver Creek, died Monday, September 5th, 2016 at her daughter’s residence with her family at her bedside, following a courageous battle with a lengthy illness.
She was born in the Town of Carroll, NY on February 10, 1942, the daughter of the late Clayton and Esther (Collins) Wickham. She attended Forestville Central School and worked for M&T Bank, Silver Creek as a Lead Teller for 20 years.
Mrs. Stanbro was a member of TOPS Chapter #890 from 2001-2014 and she wintered in Florida for 7 years, enjoyed camping, motorcycling and doing crafts.
Survivors include her husband Douglas Stanbro, of Hoover, AL, whom she married on November 26, 1959, in the First United Presbyterian Church, Dunkirk, a son, Stewart (Cindy) Stanbro, of Van Diver, AL; two daughters, Tina (Alan) Grzegorzewski, of Forestville; Sherry (Mark) Tilley, of Hoover, AL; a brother, Terry Wickham, of North Carolina; a sister, Esther “Penny” Conti, of Dunkirk and a sister in law, Roberta “Bobbi” Wickham of Dunkirk. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren: Tyler Little, Christopher, Douglas (Jenelle), Matthew and Gretchen Stanbro and Nikalaus Tilley and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother Clayton Wickham.
Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville Sunday evening from 5-8 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Thomas R. Burian of the First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, officiating. Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Alacare Home Health and Hospice Fund, % Connie Edwards, 2970 Lorna Road, Birmingham, AL 35216. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
CHERRY CREEK: Norton Frank Crowell, beloved father, grandpa and great grandpa, peacefully took his last breath on September 1, 2016, in his home on the family farm on Farrington Hollow Road, Cherry Creek, surrounded by his loving family. He walked through Heaven’s gates and into Eternal Glory at the age of 96 years old, reunited with his wife, Helen, just two days shy of what would have been their 75th wedding anniversary. They are now together celebrating eternity in Heaven.
He was born on July 7, 1920, in his family home on Cassadaga Road in the Town of Villenova, son of the late Vincent J. and Ruth (Danker) Crowell. On September 3, 1941, he married Helen Marie Dye, in his sister-in-law’s home on Hooker Road in South Dayton. They were married for 73 amazing years before she passed away on January 22, 2015. Their love, devotion and faith in each other and God was a true testament to all those who knew them.
Mr. Crowell was a graduate of the former South Dayton High School, Class of 1936 and Co-owner of Tri-Val Farm, Inc. Cherry Creek. He was the oldest member of the South Dayton Free Methodist Church, where he was a Trustee for 32 years, Honorary member of Friends Camping Club(formerly Coachmen Vagabond #66), past member of the former Local Agricultural Conservation Committee for 10 years, and former member of the Arkwright Town Board for 12 years.
Mr. Crowell was a patient, kind, gentle and compassionate man. He was strong, loyal, honest, faithful and most importantly, humble. He knew the meaning of hard work and the size of his heart and hands showed that he poured his soul into everything he did. Mr. Crowell was always willing to help others. Those who knew him were blessed by his stories, his love, his laughter and his prayers. He was always willing to give the gift of his time, his presence and a listening ear. Mr. Crowell cherished his family and friends and we were all blessed by his loving, Christian example. He was wise beyond words and on the day that God called him Home, a walking, talking History book closed its pages forever. The memories that he shared and that we have of him, are now our greatest inheritance.
Survivors include four loving sons and daughters-in-law, David N. (Kathy) Crowell, of Clymer; Douglas D. (Jan) Crowell, of Cherry Creek; Paul N. (Elaine) Crowell, of Wake Forest, NC; Keith V. (Barb) Crowell, of Cherry Creek, also surviving are his adoring grandchildren, Matthew (T.J.) Crowell, Erica (Matthew) Jenkins, Jennifer (James) Cave, Jory (Laura) Crowell, Amanda (Joseph) Stellrecht, David M. Crumb and Kimberly A. (Joe Marsh) Gens, Julie (David) Morton and Tara (Kevin) Hoitink, nine great grandchildren Morgan McClenny, Brody, Brennan & Bailey Cave, Samuel & Evelyn Crowell, Jackson, Adalyn & Avery Stellrecht, who were all blessed to be able to love and enjoy having their great grandpa in their lives. Also surviving are several nieces & nephews, many great nieces & nephews as well as countless neighbors and friends who he greatly enjoyed. Besides his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by three brothers Donald V., Harley C. & Lawrence R. Crowell and two sisters Barbara Ann Morales and Phyllis Paul.
Mr. Crowell was a man of great faith. He was a living witness and testament of God’s love, and in death, his witness and testament will continue on in the legacy that he leaves behind. Our loss is Heaven’s forever gain. His favorite Bible verse, a verse that he held tightly to, was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We find great comfort and joy in the fact that even though he is gone from this Earth, our Dad, Gramps, and Great Grandpa is now enjoying life everlasting in a much greater place. As he walked through the gates of Heaven, we are certain that his Savior and the angels welcomed him Home saying “well done, thy good and faithful servant!”
Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-6 PM. Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from South Dayton Free Methodist Church, Pine Street, South Dayton, with Pastor Matt Wittenbrook, officiating. Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials may be made to South Dayton Free Methodist Church, 327 Pine Street, South Dayton, NY 14138. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
DUNKIRK: Geraldine E. Newton, 91, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab, Temple Road Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Sunday, August 28th, 2016, at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA, following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Forestville, on August 20, 1925, the daughter of the late Clarence P. and Frances P. (Matteson) Henry. Mrs. Newton was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1944, worked for many local factories including canning & glass factories and tied grapes for Joseph Dolce. She also served as an election official. She was a member of the Forestville Baptist Church, the former Grapevine Rebekah Lodge #270, current member of the Stockton Star Rebekah Lodge #395 and former member of the Forestville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Mrs. Newton enjoyed doing needlepoint, crossword puzzles, playing cards, was a big Jeff Gordon fan and was devoted to reading the Bible.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra (Glen Richardson) Jacobs, of Forestville, two granddaughters Michele Jacobs of Jamestown, Carolyn (Brian) Sheldon of Forestville and two great grandchildren Nicole & Christopher Sheldon both of Forestville. Also surviving is a brother-in-law Donald Newton of Florida and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Roger W. Newton, whom she married in the Forestville Baptist Church and who died May 1, 1992 and three sisters Doris Merrill, Myrtle Lambert and Eliza Henry.
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 officiating. Private 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. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FORESTVILLE: Scott K. Skeels, 39, of Hanover Road, Forestville, passed away Friday, August 26th 2016 at his residence. He was born in Gowanda, on May 18, 1977, the son of Deborah (Wade) Dubaj, of Gowanda.
Mr. Skeels was a graduate of Gowanda Central School and served in the US Army for 10 years. He enjoyed living in the country.
Survivors include his wife Corinne V. (Phelps) Skeels, whom he married on July 11, 1999, in Perrysburg, a son Jacob Skeels, of Forestville; two daughters, Shauna Skeels, Traiya Skeels, a sister, Margaret Skeels and a brother, Jeff Skeels. Also surviving are his grandmother Anne Wade, an uncle Bill (Barb) Wade an aunt Wendy (Ed) Springer and several nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by his grandfather Ken Wade. Services are private and at the convenience of family. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike #420, Rockville, MD 20850. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
WESTFIELD: Loretta M. Raynor, 80, a resident of Absolut at Westfield, formerly of Forestville, died Sunday, July 31st, 2016, at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA, following a short illness. She was born in Titusville, PA on May 23, 1936, the daughter of the late George and Christina (Morris) Skelly.
Mrs. Raynor was a graduate of Brocton Central School, Class of 1954, worked for many local greenhouses and was a very active member of Sheridan United Methodist Church Sheridan, working with their Helping Hands Program. She enjoyed gardening and eating at local diners and loved her 2 cats “Bibs” & “Tamale”, which she rescued from the Humane Society.
Survivors include several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Ivan E. Raynor, Jr. who died August 3, 2013, by two brothers George Skelly, Jr., Donald Skelly and by a sister Rosemary Tadt.
There will be no visitation observed. Graveside Services will be held at Portland Evergreen Cemetery, Webster Road, Portland on Saturday morning, August 20th at 10 o’clock with Pastor Molly T. Galando, from the First United Methodist Church, Fredonia, officiating.
The family suggests memorials may be made either to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street Dunkirk, NY 14048 or Forestville Fire Department 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.
SILVER CREEK: Esther C. Griewisch, 94, a resident of TLC/HN-Nursing Facility, formerly of Burgess Street, Silver Creek, died Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at her residence, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Silver Creek, on October 13, 1921, the daughter of the late Hugo and Christine (Woelfle) Griewisch.
Ms. Griewisch was a graduate of Silver Creek High School, Class of 1939 and began her banking career with the former Silver Creek National Bank and continued for 33 years, retiring as an Assistant Trust Officer. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church Silver Creek, where she served as Treasurer for many years and was a former Treasurer for the Salvation Army.
Survivors include a first cousin Carolyn Padden, Godchild Deborah Joyce and lifelong friend Anna Frederickson of Silver Creek. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brother Louis J. Griewisch, who was killed in action during WWII on January 6, 1945.
There will be no visitation observed. Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Porter Avenue, Silver Creek, with Rev. Travis Grubbs, pastor officiating. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Porter Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FORESTVILLE: Gail P. Rankin, 78, of Whitaker Road, Forestville, passed away, at her residence, Sunday, August 7th, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Dunkirk, on November 16, 1937, the daughter of the late Aloysius and Helen (Bankoski) Allenbrand.
She had owned a business and had been gainfully employed over the years. Mrs. Rankin was the proud and caring mother to her five children. She was also a devoted and loving grandmother to her six granddaughters, providing wisdom and love. Mrs. Rankin has touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her five children, Craig Rankin, of Forestville; Marla Carter, of Jamestown; Laura (Jeff) Ball, of Forestville; Sandy Hanley, of Panama; Keith Rankin, of Dunkirk; three sisters, Cecile Pacos, Dorothy Panveralla,Yvonne Karr and a brother, Tony (Diane) Allenbrand. Also surviving are six granddaughters-Kimberly Hanley, Lisa Carter, Natalie Ball, Sara Carter, Angela Carter, Ashley Ball and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her beloved husband Ronald E. Rankin, whom she married on October 19, 1957 and who died February 13, 2015 and her brother Dennis Allenbrand.
There will be no visitation observed. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM on Saturday, August 27th at St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville.
Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com
FORESTVILLE: Barbara Mae (Summerlee) Nederland Tower, passed from this Earth on July 9, 2016, after a long and brave battle with cancer. She was born on June 20, 1931, the daughter of the late Harlow and Dorothy Summerlee.
A Forestville resident most of her entire life, she graduated from Forestville Central School, Class of 1948. Mrs. Tower was a patriot. During WWII, at the age of 12, she collected scrap metal for the war effort.
After attending college at Cortland, she joined the United States Navy in 1952, serving as a hospital corpsman aboard the USNS Eldon H. Johnson, during the Korean War. Mrs. Tower loved softball. A lifetime player, she pitched slow pitch softball well into her 70s for various teams. She was well known for her skill and love of the game. At one time, she played for the former Koch’s Annies, a semi-pro softball team. While on active duty and stationed at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, Mrs. Tower captained and played for the Marine Corps women’s softball team, traveling the East Coast playing against other military teams. She returned home to Forestville and had four children-Jeffry, Jodi, Jon and Jay.
Mrs. Tower became a rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, working for 21 years and retiring in 1997. Upon her retirement, she began volunteering with the Forestville Food Pantry and continued to do so until shortly before her death. Mrs. Tower belonged to Fingers of Hope, a group that knits mittens & hats and sews quilts & burial gowns for those in need. She also knitted hats for premature babies for several hospitals across the country. Mrs. Tower made and sent scarves to the Seaman Christian Institute for sailors serving aboard ships in the Navy. She also sent care packages to deployed military members through the Warmth for Warriors Project.
Mrs. Tower was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville and was honored as the Grand Marshall of the 2014 Fall Festival Parade.
Survivors include a daughter Jodi Nederland (Kevin) Johnson, two sons Jon (Diane) Tower and Jay Tower, all of Forestville and a sister Ruth Payne of Lehigh Acres, FL. Also surviving are four grandchildren, MSGT Heather (Miller) Shelton of Colorado Springs, CO, Kyal Johnson, Lynsey Johnson and Breanna Rohauer, all of Forestville, six great grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband Jack Nederland and by her second husband Marden “Rocky” Tower, a son, Jeffry Nederland and her friend and companion John Reardon.
Mrs. Tower requested that there be no funeral and in fact, she donated her remains to the University of Buffalo, School of Medicine. There will be a Celebration of her Life held on August 20th at 3 pm, at J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, 6 Cedar Street, Forestville.
Jodi, Jon & Jay request that Barbara Mae’s friends and family attend the celebration and bring their stories of Barb to share. Memorial Donations may be made in her memory either to the Forestville Food Pantry, PO Box 309, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Barb Tower Scholarship for Forestville Senior Girls Softball Players, C/O Jodi N. Johnson, 24 Lodi Street, Forestville, NY 14062.
Local Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com
SOUTH DAYTON: August “Gus” L. Szymanski, 91, of Cottage Road, South Dayton, died Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at his son’s residence, Fredonia. He was born in the Town of Dayton, on December 14, 1924, the son of the late Walter and Katherine (Pyza) Szymanski.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 as a Sgt. during the Korean War and worked for the former Peter Cooper Corporation, Gowanda. Mr. Szymanski was a member of South Dayton American Legion Post #1593 and took great pride in canning many fruits & vegetables (especially pickles) for all of his extended families. He loved hunting deer & trapping.
Survivors include a son, Dennis (Janet) Szymanski, of Fredonia, 2 grandchildren- Amber (Kevin) Powell of Portland and Trevor Szymanski of Fredonia, 3 great grandchildren Hope, Josh & Hannah Powell and several nieces & nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Marjorie I. (Ruckh) Szymanski, whom he married June 24, 1950 in the former St. John Fisher RC Church, South Dayton and who died June 6, 2012, by two sisters Ann Williamson and Bertha Milks and by three brothers Major, Frederick and Chester Szymanski.
There will be no visitation observed. A Private Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorials may be made to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc., 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.
Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.