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.
PERRYSBURG: Barbara Parker, 72, of Main Street, Perrysburg, died, Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo. She was born in Montour Falls, NY on January 14, 1943, the daughter of the late Charles and Maude (Goltree) Parker.
Survivors include two brothers, Gerald Parker, of Painted Post, NY, Charles Parker and a sister, Virginia Wait, of Cohocton, NY.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 10-11 am, from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock.
FORESTVILLE: Carol A. Lokietek, 76, of Forestville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Sunday, May 17th, 2015. She was born in Dunkirk on January 14, 1939, the daughter of the late Paul and Genevieve (Rys) Styborski.
She was a graduate of the former Cardinal Mindszenty, Class of 1956. She worked as a Floor Manager for the former Bargain Barn Fredonia and also at one time worked for the former Buffalo Press, Twin Fair and Hills Department Stores. She was a member of Family Church, Fredonia, where her son pastors and she served faithfully in the hospitality department ensuring there was coffee and snacks after Sunday morning services. Mrs. Lokietek was an avid reader, enjoyed her cats, birds, listening to polkas and bragging on her grandchildren. She had a compassionate heart and her conversations will be missed at family church gatherings.
Survivors include her husband Richard J. Lokietek of Forestville, whom she married November 17, 1962, in the former St. Hedwig’s RC Church, Dunkirk, two daughters, Amy (Charles) Restivo, of Forestville, Ann (Brian) Aldrich, of Sheridan, two sons Rev. Michael (Nancy) Lokietek, of Fredonia, Matthew (Christie) Lokietek, of Cherry Creek, two brothers, Richard (Beverly) Styborski, of Fredonia, Paul (Judy) Styborski, of Havelock, NC and a n adopted sister, Gail Darling (Larry) Goins, of Odessa, TX. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren Christine (Matthew) Walker, Stephanie (Bradley) Hofert, Kelsey, Lindsey, Sydney and Gabrielle Aldrich, Natalie, Sarah, Audrey, Caleb & Lydia Lokietek, 2 great grandchildren Hannah & Sophia Walker and many nieces, nephews & friends.
Friends are invited to call at the Family Church, 45 Lakeview Avenue, Fredonia on Friday from 4-7 pm, from where A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Lokietek, son of the deceased, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Family Church, 45 Lakeview Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
SHERIDAN: Viola “Chickie” I. Richir, 79, of Newell Road, Town of Sheridan, passed away Thursday, May 7th, 2015, surrounded by family following a brief illness. She was born in the Town of Sheridan, on October 7, 1935, the daughter of the late Earl and Viola (Wilkins) Stevens. At one time she worked for the former VanRaalte Co. of Dunkirk as a seamstress.
Mrs. Richir was a member of Fredonia Beaver Club, past member of the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan, and a current member of Sheridan Fire Dept, Ladies Auxiliary, since Feb. 1962. She also enjoyed puzzle books, doing latch hook rugs and spending time with her dog Roxie.
Survivors include her husband of over 60 years, Joseph L. Richir, Sr. of Sheridan, whom she married July 31, 1954, in St. Joseph RC Church, Fredonia, two daughters, Diane (Thomas) Neal, of Silver Creek, LuAnn Ellis, of Fredonia, two sons Joseph L. (Roseanne) Richir, Jr, of Cape Coral, FL and Scott K. (Gina) Richir, of Fredonia. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by 6 sisters Katherine Wroblewski, Marian Fancher, Ada Levandoski, Corabel Jasinski, Evelyn Zufelt, Wilma Cambria and by 6 brothers Horace, Lyman, Hiram, Edmund, Harold and Earl Stevens.
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 a Catholic Burial Service will be held Monday morning at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Walter Werbicki, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the Sheridan Fire Dept., Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135. To send condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
PERRYSBURG: John G. Becker, 70, of Cole Road, Perrysburg, died Saturday, April 4th, 2015 at Buffalo General Medical Center. He was born in Silver Creek, on July 7, 1944, the son of the late George and Gladys (Earle) Becker.
Mr. Becker was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1962 and attended Alfred State College before going into the Army during Vietnam, where he served with Co. E 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry & the 198 Infantry. He worked as a Canning operator for the former Carnation Milk Plant, South Dayton, for over 25 years and also at one time worked for Al Vanettan Farms. Mr. Becker was a member of South Dayton American Legion Post #1593 and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting & fishing.
Survivors include two sons Michael (Anne) Becker and Todd (Rebecca) Becker, both of South Dayton, a daughter, Devon (Adam) Skipper, of Springville, three sisters, Nancy (Narenda) Shah, of Penfield, NY, Jean Rogers, of Portland, OR, Joan (Roger) Becker-Wahl, of Rochester, two brothers, James (Marie Zaczkowski) Becker, of Minnesota and Jerry (Sharyn) Becker, of Port Orford, OR. Also surviving are his companion of 20 years, Janice Abbey, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.
There will be no visitation observed. Memorial Services will be held from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, on Monday, April 13th, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Kenneth Pratt, pastor of Cherry Creek Assembly of God Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery. Military Graveside Services will be conducted by members of South Dayton American Legion Post #1593.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, 4 Mill Street, South Dayton, NY 14138. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
SOUTH DAYTON: Martin Daniel Woltz, 46, of South Dayton, died Friday, March 20th, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Gowanda, on September 16, 1968, the son of Betty B. (Chaffin) Woltz, of South Dayton and the late Henry D. Woltz.
He worked as a Saw Operator for Cherry Creek Woodcraft, South Dayton, for 9 years. There will be no visitation or services observed.
Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.