FORESTVILLE: Mary L. Kujawa, 80, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at Buffalo General Hospital. She was born in Silver Creek, on November 26, 1934, the daughter of the late Stanley and Minnie (Hazelton) Panek.
She was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School, Class of 1952 and worked as a Head Bartender for the former Lake Shore Marine Club, Town of Sheridan. Mrs. Kujawa also at one time worked for the former Silk Factory & Canning Factory in Forestville and co-owned & operated a Dairy & Grape Farm on Rt. 39, Forestville with her late husband Edmund C. Kujawa, whom she married November 10, 1956 in the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan and who died August 27, 2014. She was a social member of Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390 and loved to read & work in her garden.
Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia (Tom Kingsley) Kujawa, of Forestville, a sister, Winifred Jacobs, of Sheridan and a brother, William (June) Panek, of Fredonia. Also surviving are several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by an infant brother.
There will be no visitation observed. Graveside Services will be held Saturday afternoon, August 1st at 1 o’clock in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Center Road, Sheridan. Please bring a special picture or remembrance if you have one. A Memorial gathering will follow at the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390 at 2 o’clock.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390 Rt. 20 Sheridan, NY 14135 or 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
ROCHESTER: Alice R. Redband, 94, of Denice Road, Rochester, formerly of Fredonia, died Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at Hildebrandt Hospice Health Care Center, Rochester. She was born in Meadville, PA on September 8, 1920, the daughter of the late Claude and Josephine (Baldwin) Hines.
Mrs. Redband was a Pet Groomer and owner of the former Alice Redband Pet Grooming Fredonia., for 18 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member of Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church Fredonia, and loved dogs, knitting, crocheting and her family.
Survivors include a son, Larry (Carol) Redband, of Batavia and a daughter, JoAnne Van Buskirk, of Rochester. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren Julie (Nathan) Varland, Thomas, Timothy, Lisa, Jeffrey Redband and Brandon Van Buskirk, 4 great grandchildren, 1 niece & 2 nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Arthur F. Redband, Jr., who died January 21, 2010 and by a brother Frederick LeBarron.
Private Interment was in Sheridan Center Cemetery. Memorial Services will be held Saturday morning, August 8th at 11 o’clock from Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church, 39 Matteson Street, Fredonia. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
KENMORE: William David Parker, 4 months, of Kenmore, NY, passed away Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at Women & Children’s Hospital, Buffalo. He was born in Buffalo, on February 24, 2015, the son of the Ian and Hannah (Stoll) Parker and brother of Olivia Stoll, of Kenmore. Also surviving are Maternal grandmother Julie (Frank) Palmisano, Maternal grandfather John Stoll, Maternal great grandmother Jean Blakely, Paternal grandmother Patricia Parker, Paternal grandfather Marc (Irina) Parker and Paternal Great Grandmother Catherine Chapman.
There will be no visitation observed. Graveside Services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, in Balltown Cemetery, corner of Mackinaw & Allegany Road, Town of Hanover, with Pastor Karen Cleveland, officiating.
Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
DUNKIRK: Marian E. (Mohart) Taylor, of East Town of Dunkirk, formerly of Silver Creek, passed Monday morning, June 29th, 2015. She was born in Silver Creek on April 2, 1934 and was a loving mother to Vicki Gage, Robert Taylor and Shari (Mike) Miller. Mrs. Taylor was also a loving grandmother & great grandmother.
Marian loved to walk, dance, travel and pick up sea glass. Growing up on Lake Erie, she was never far from the water. Over the years, she worked in grape vineyards, the canning factory, Bailey Manufacturing and even owned a taxi business in Silver Creek. Her last career consisted of watching her grandchildren and she loved every minute of it.
In addition to her children, she is survived by her brother Carlton Mohart of Silver Creek, a sister Dorothy Story of Collins, 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren along with several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Mildred (Frone) Mohart, a sister Evelyn Chapman and a brother Nelson Mohart.
A quiet woman, she will be greatly missed by all that she touched in her 81 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at the East Town of Dunkirk Fire Hall, 10949 South Roberts Road, Dunkirk, on Friday, July 17th, at 4 o’clock. Private Interment will be in Sheridan Center Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made either to the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse, 1 Lighthouse Point Drive, Dunkirk, NY 14048, the Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to East Town of Dunkirk Fire Department, 10949 South Roberts Road, Dunkirk, NY 14048.
Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
SILVER CREEK: Joyce M. Engel, 79, of Stebbins Road, Silver Creek, died Friday, June 26th, 2015 at her residence. She was born in Silver Creek, on June 14, 1936, the daughter of the late Nelson and Edna M. (Newton) Cross.
Mrs. Engel was a graduate of Silver Creek High School, worked for the former New York Telephone in Silver Creek and the former Petri Baking Products Silver Creek. She was a member of First United Presbyterian Church and enjoyed watching television, birds and lighted outdoor decorations. Mrs. Engel especially enjoyed the company of her cat “Morris”.
Survivors include her husband Louis J. Engel of Silver Creek, two daughters, Linda (Stephen) Douglas, of Silver Creek, Bev Engel, of Arkwright, two sons Robert (Korrie) Engel, of Fredonia, Rodney “Char” Engel, of Arkwright, three sisters, Carol (Erva) Garnsey, of Silver Creek, Marilyn Ralph, of Derby, Dora (Donald) Gage, of Silver Creek and a brother, Ronald (Diane) Cross, of Silver Creek. Also surviving are a sister in law Irene Welch, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by an infant sister Beverly Cross and a brother Marvin Cross.
There will be no visitation observed and Private Services will be at the convenience of family, with Rev. Thomas Burian, pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 North Gale Street, Westfield, NY 14787 or to Hanover Hose Co. #1 % Steve Peters, 11919 Hanover Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoollefuneralhome.com.
FORESTVILLE: Edward W. Roehner, 89, of Pearl Street, Forestville, died Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, at his residence, after a 10 year battle with cancer. Mr. Roehner was born in Buffalo, NY on March 11, 1926, the son of the late Frank and Louise (Ortlieb) Roehner.
He attended the former St. Boniface Catholic School and was a graduate of the former Boys Vocational High. Mr. Roehner served as a Sgt. with the Army Corp of Engineers from 1944-1946 and was a proud veteran of WW II. He held many jobs during his younger years including Bell Aircraft and the former Loblaws in Dunkirk-Fredonia. In 1963, he began a 25 year career with Prudential Insurance. Mr. Roehner later managed the Jamestown office for a number of years, retiring in 1989.
He was a member of American Legion Post #62, Dunkirk, an exempt member of Forestville Fire Department and a former member of the First Ward Falcon Club, Dunkirk. Mr. Roehner enjoyed NASCAR and was a former dirt track racer in his early years.
Survivors include his wife Lorraine S. (Sausman) Roehner, of Forestville, whom he married 57 years ago on August 9, 1958, three sons John Roehner, of North Charleston, SC, Robert (Maria) Roehner, of Silver Creek, Mark (Joyce) Roehner, of Chuluota, FL, two daughters, Sandra (Kerry) Vickers, of North Charleston, SC and Traci (Edward) Domenico, of Forestville. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife Flora Michelle (Banks) Roehner and infant son Frank James Roehner, both lost in a tragic auto accident in 1957, by 3 brothers Carl, Theodore, & Florian Roehner and 2 sisters Louise and Dorothy.
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 Funeral Services will be held Monday morning, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Emory Billingsley officiating. Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery, where Graveside Military Services will be conducted by members of the Dunkirk Joint Veteran’s Council.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228-1198. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FREDONIA: Terry L. Bentley, was born March 29, 1954, to the late Jason and Myrtle (Thomas) Bennett, in Corry, PA. She married her best friend and love of her life, Mark, on September 9, 1989. Terry went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, after battling pancreatic and liver cancer.
She was a graduate of Fredonia High School, Class of 1972 and Erie Business Center in 1974 with an Associates Degree. After having worked for 38 years (22 years at Welch’s in Westfield and 16 years at Carriage House in Fredonia), she thoroughly enjoyed her non-working life. She often commented that it took her 38 years of working to figure out that not working was the greatest! If only her and Mark could have known retirement joy together! Maybe they did not grow old together, but they grew up together as Terry really did marry the “boy next door!”
Terry was an active member of the Laona United Methodist Church and loved her church family. She also enjoyed golfing, camping and motorcycling with her husband. Each May, they traveled to a small church in Tionesta, PA to be blessed for the riding season along with hundreds of other motorcyclists. Most vacations were spent at their camp, “Camp Little Running Water”, which was their piece of Heaven on earth! Each June for 10 years, she was team captain for one of the teams supporting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event held at SUNY Fredonia. Terry loved all living animals but especially her house cats and barn cats-they were her joy!
Surviving besides her husband are sister-in-laws Sue (Bob) Barresi, Cheryl (Chris) Brunecz, former sister-in-laws Jean Bennett & Frances (Ron) Stahley, brother-in-law Steve (Deb) Bentley, nephews Jason F. Bennett, Jason J. (Amy) Bennett, Mike Barresi, Matt Bentley, Jake, Nick & Timmy Brunecz, nieces Laurie Bennett, Tracy Tyma, Kathy Ramey and Sarah Barresi, 2 great nieces Julia & Emma Bennett and several cousins. She was also blessed with many, many wonderful friends whom she loved dearly. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her 2 brothers Gary “Bull Ram” & Don Bennett, her father-in-law Richard Bentley and mother-in-law Irene Bentley.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Memorial Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from the Laona United Methodist Church, 9636 Wilson Road, Fredonia, with Pastor Mike Spell, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Laona Cemetery, Fredonia.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Laona United Methodist Church, 9636 Wilson Road, Fredonia, NY 14063 or the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Northern Chautauqua County, particularly her team, Terry’s Troopers, in care of Emily Marciniak, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy, Amherst, NY 14228 or the Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
SHERIDAN: Ruth E. Stebbins, 89, of Main Road, Sheridan, died peacefully, Sunday May 31st, 2015, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Sheridan on February 25, 1926, the daughter of the late Herbert J. and Beulah E. (Bentley) Richter.
She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1943 and amazingly, kept in close contact with many classmates, which she referred to as her “school chums”. During WWII, she went on to work for the former Linde Air in Buffalo, until her marriage to Sheldon B. Burmaster on October 8, 1949. They operated their grape farm, in Sheridan, until his untimely death on February 11, 1969. She continued to manage the farm for many years, until her retirement.
Mrs. Stebbins was a member of Sheridan United Methodist Church (where she was a longtime Sunday School Teacher), the former Maple Avenue Missionary Society, the Sheridan Happy Seniors and an over 50 year member of the Sheridan Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary. She was a prime organizer of the reunions of the former one room school houses in Sheridan and through the years, Mrs. Stebbins volunteered with many other organizations & activities. She always had a positive outlook, loved life and all of her experiences. Mrs. Stebbins loved her family and keeping in touch with her many friends. She also enjoyed playing the piano, playing cards and the 30 winters she spent in Largo, FL.
Survivors include two daughters, Lucinda K. Coon, of Fredonia, Bonnie J. Burmaster, of Hamburg, a son, Gary (Pamela) Burmaster, of Sheridan, a step daughter, Julie A. Stebbins and a step son, Paul E. Stebbins. She is also survived by granddaughter Bethany L. (Matthew) Margolis & great grandson Isaac E. Margolis, both of Silver Creek, 2 step grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents and first husband she was predeceased by her second husband Theodore Stebbins, who died Feb. 2, 2014, two brothers John & Donald Richter and granddaughter Amanda Sue Burmaster. The family extends special love and gratitude to HOSPICE Chautauqua County and especially to Bethanie, Karen, Rachel, Pastor Bill and the many others for their wonderful love & care over these last months.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Carl Richter, nephew of the deceased officiating. Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan. The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc., 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Charity of one’s choice. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
SOUTH DAYTON: Doris L. Heath, 90, of Mill Street, South Dayton, died Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at Absolut at Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on December 28, 1924, the daughter of the late Clarence Brewster and Frances (Van Aernam) Purdy.
She was a graduate of the former Cattaraugus High School, Class of 1940 and worked for the former M. Wile & Co and eventually retired from the former Amalgamated Clothing & Textile, Buffalo in 1995 as a Union Manager. She was recognized for 20 years of service with the IBA. Mrs. Heath was a past member of the former Queen of the Valley Rebekah Lodge and a member of the South Dayton Fire Belles. She loved animals, reading, crocheting and doing puzzles.
Survivors include a son, Francis (Ruth) Heath, a daughter, Shirly Heath, both of South Dayton, and a half-brother, Ralph MacVittie, of Tonawanda. Also surviving are 2 grandchildren Travis (Angela) Heath and Teresa Heath and 2 great grandchildren Maya Quinn & River Heath. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Donovan E. Heath, who died September 11, 1995, by a daughter Donna M. Heath and a half-brother Larry MacVittie.
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 Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock on Monday, with Pastor Matt Wittenbrook, of the South Dayton Free Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery, South Dayton.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the South Dayton Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 88, South Dayton, NY 14138. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
GOWANDA: Clara M. Byers, 103, a resident of Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, formerly of Dunkirk, died May 24th, 2015 at her residence. She was born in Sharon, PA on May 7, 1912, the daughter of the late James and May (Graham) McLaughry. Mrs. Byers was a graduate of Mercer High School, Class of 1930, was a graduate of Westminster College in 1934 with a B.A and in 1935, she graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA with a B.S. in Social Work.
She served in the Probation Dept. as a volunteer in the Mercer County Courthouse from 1935-1936 and was a long time member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Dunkirk (since 1938) where she served as a Deacon, an Elder and a Church School teacher. Mrs. Byers was a former member of the American Association of University Women, Meals on Wheels Volunteer and participated for many years in “Antique Shows” in both NY & PA. She enjoyed collecting antiques and learning about their history.
Survivors include three daughters, Helen Meisinger, of Greenville, PA, Martha (Carlson) Yost, of Portsmouth, OH, Rebecca (Erlon “Chip”) Babcock, of Forestville and a son, Robert (Suzanne) Byers, of Limerick, PA. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frank Byers, whom she married April 24, 1937 in Mercer, PA and who died in 1991, by 4 sisters Mary Ewing, Helen Port, Rebecca Winters, Margaret LaFaye and by 3 brothers, DeOrmond, James & William McLaughry.
There will be no visitation observed. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Time and place to be announced. Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, 19 West Fourth Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.