FORESTVILLE: Fay M. Carmelitano, 73, of Prospect Road, Forestville, died Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, following a short illness. She was born in Peekskill, NY on February 21, 1942, the daughter of the late Alfred and Norma (Hadden) Strosser. Mrs. Carmelitano worked as a Bus Driver for Forestville Central School and also previously drove bus for Wappinger Falls School District in Wappinger Falls, NY for 21 years and Chappaqua District for 6 years. She, at one time, also worked for a Curler Factory. Mrs. Carmelitano enjoyed knitting & crocheting blankets, doing puzzles and making handmade Christmas balls.
Survivors include two daughters, Debra (Patrick) Hurley, Sharon (Robert) Gladman, two sons Anthony “Edward” (Susan) Pecora, Jr.Luke Payntar, Jr. a twin sister Florence (Sonny) Conklin, three brothers, Dennis (Pam) Strosser, Gary (Shari) Strosser and Brian (Lori) Strosser. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren Jacqueline, Jessica & Patrick Hurley, Krystal & Anthony Pecora, III, Janine & Brittany Rosenthal and Brandon & Christian Gladman, 5 great grandchildren Camron, Brooke, Jayden, Jacob & Bentley and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by 3 husbands, Anthony Pecora, Sr., Luke Payntar, Sr. and Joseph F. Carmelitano and by 2 brothers Jim & Wayne Strosser.
There will be no visitation observed. Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at St. Dennis’s Cemetery, Hopewell Junction, NY.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Mercy Hospital of Buffalo 565 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
DUNKIRK: Cheryl L. (Richter) Lidlow, 49, of Franklin Avenue, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a short illness. She was born in Dunkirk, on August 18, 1965, the daughter of Harold R. and Norley (Matter) Richter, Jr., of Forestville.
She attended Forestville Central School and worked in the Quality Control Department at Bailey Manufacturing Company, LLC Forestville, for 22 years. At one time she was a foster parent, collected porcelain dolls & clowns and enjoyed making plastic canvas.
Surviving besides her parents are a son, Leon Lidlow, of Fredonia, two daughters, Amber Greene, of Forestville, Alicia Greene, of Dunkirk, five sisters, Denise Olsen, Tammy (Garry) Olsen, Jr., Vickie (Chris Pope) Pfleuger, all of Forestville, Stacey (Chris) Kulpa, of Cassadaga, Kristy Butcher, of Brocton, two brothers, Robert Richter, and Randy (Kris) Richter, both of Forestville. Also surviving are her companion for 30 years, Phillip Greene of Dunkirk, 3 grandchildren Briana, Jonathan & Kyle Eggleston and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her paternal & maternal grandparents and by her brother Harold “Butch” Richter, III.
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. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228-1198. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
DUNKIRK: Margaret E. Mahnk, 81, a resident of Absolut at Dunkirk, formerly of Conewango Valley, died Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at her residence. She was born in Sandusky, NY on February 11, 1934, the daughter of the late Allie and Isabelle (Perkins) Burdick.
She and her late husband, William, owned & operated a dairy farm in Conewango Valley.
Survivors include two daughters, Beverly (Wayne) Ashley, of Silver Creek, Barbara (Jerry) Houghwot, of Frewsburg, a son, Bernard Mahnk, of Randolph, three sisters, Eleanor Ebert, of Salamanca, Joyce (Walter) Francis, of Rushford Lake and Judy Covert, of Little Valley. Also surviving are her long-time friend Herman Eganski of Leon, 7 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, several great grandchildren, 1 step great-great grandchild, several nieces & nephews and her dog Susie. Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by 2 sons, Brian & Burton Mahnk, 2 brothers LaVerne & Duane Burdick and 3 sisters Florence Krotz, Mary Owens & Betty Crawford.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 1-6 pm. There will be no funeral services observed. Private Interment will be in Randolph Cemetery. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
THE VILLAGES, FL: Kenneth Lyal Johnson, 78, of The Villages, FL, passed away peacefully at The Villages Regional Hospital, FL, Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, with family members by his side. He was born in the Town of Arkwright, NY on February 14, 1937, the son of Grace (Hubbard) Johnson, of Jamestown and the late Leigh Johnson.
Mr. Johnson was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1955 and a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca. He moved to The Villages in Florida in 2002, after retiring from owning his independent insurance agency in Forestville, where he continued his dedication to helping others. Always a consummate volunteer, Mr. Johnson was very active in the Forestville Fire Department, where he was an EMT & an EMT Instructor. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge and with the Shrine. Mr. Johnson was the immediate past president of The Villages Shrine Club, was active with The Villages CERTS, worked as a CNA at Homewood, The Villages Hospital and Sumter Place. While he loved to play cards and travel with friends, he kept himself grounded with his work. More recently, he was very active in fund raising for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. A quiet man with a sense of humor, he was worshiped by family and treasured by friends.
Survivors include his loving wife Elaine (Hubbard) Johnson, of the Villages, whom he married July 25, 1987, three sons Kevin (Jodi) Johnson, of Forestville, Todd Johnson, of Ft. Myers, FL, Tim (Christine) Yocum, of Greenville, TX, a daughter, Danielle Yocum, of Orange City, FL and two brothers, Dale (Eva) Johnson, of Ross Mills and David (Donna) Johnson, of Forestville. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides his father he was predeceased by a brother Bruce Johnson.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 6-8 pm. Members of Forestville Fire Department will conduct a Firemen’s Service at 6 o’clock in the Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be held from the Hanover Masonic Lodge #152 F&AM, Main Street, Forestville, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Private Interment will be in Cottage Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Shrine Children’s Hospitals, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, to the National MS Society (Mid-Florida Chapter), 2701 Maitland Central Pkwy, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751, the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or charity of one’s choice. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
HOUGHTON, NY: R. Richard Webb, Jr., 84, a resident of Absolut at Houghton, formerly of Forestville, was called home by The Lord, as he needed another singer around the throne, Friday, July 24th, 2015, at his residence, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Waynesboro, PA on August 9, 1930, the son of the late Ralph Richard and Helen Louise (Shaw) Webb, Sr.
He was a graduate of Rice Avenue High School, Girard, PA. Mr. Webb received his Bachelor’s Degree from Houghton College and Master’s Degree from Fredonia State. He worked for Forestville Central School as a Vocal Music Teacher, for 32 years and then as an Elementary Principal, for 8 years, retiring in 1995.
Mr. Webb was a member of The Wesleyan Church, NYSSMA, SPEBQSA-where he was Director of “Men of a Chord” Barbershop Chorus and performed with “Just Enough Cooks” Barbershop Quartet, traveled with the Houghton Chorale and the Men’s Quartet, directed the Northern Chautauqua Community Chorus, directed the Church Choir and was in the “Chapel Echoes” Quartet with Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, Silver Creek, was Music Director for the Forestville Wesleyan Church and taught area children piano & guitar. Mr. Webb loved to travel-visited all 50 states along with many countries and he especially loved The Lord.
Survivors include his wife Patricia J. (Kirisits) Webb, of Forestville, whom he married August 16, 1958, in Derby, NY, a daughter, Cynthia Webb, of Dunkirk and a son, Ronald (Anna) Webb, of Cuba, NY. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren Ryan Webb, Aleyna Szot & Rachel Webb, 2 step grandchildren Ashley & Christopher Snyder, a nephew Ronn Pay and a niece Sherilyn Kirisits. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Joyce Ritchie.
Private Interment was in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the The Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800. Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FREDONIA: Barbara Frances Rodriguez, (nee Domalski) of Fredonia, died after a rapid bout with cancer, she was united with Jesus, her Savior Monday, July 20th, 2015. Mrs. Rodriguez was born in Toledo, OH on June 23, 1941, daughter of the late Francis D. and Dominica M. (Schultz) Domalski.
She was a graduate of Toledo Central Catholic High School and the University of Toledo. Mrs. Rodriguez followed her husband’s career, living in Anaheim, CA, East Aurora, NY, Penn Yan and Fredonia. She formed her own Computer Consulting company from which she recently retired.
Mrs. Rodriguez was a member of Holy Trinity RC Church, Dunkirk, committing her life to the Lord at the age of 25. An empathetic and gentle woman with a servant’s heart, she loved, accepted and respected all who came into her life. After visiting the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, she dedicated time each day to the Blessed Virgin Mary through the Rosary. As a creative “chef” she enjoyed cooking many kinds of meals. A baker’s daughter, she baked her own bread for her family. Her flower garden brightened her yard and gave joy to all passers-by. Mrs. Rodriguez delighted in eating the fresh produce from her vegetable garden and putting aside plenty of winter. From her three looms she produced many homemade weavings which she made and gave as gifts to family and friends. Every Christmas, she baked and gave away thousands of cookies.
She was a Girl Scout Camp Administrator and for years she served as volunteer for various charities such as the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis and Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. She was a group leader for the Women’s Bishop Committee and a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher for pre-school and kindergarten children in East Aurora. Among her many activities she enjoyed reading, kayaking, canoeing, camping, swimming, solving puzzles, golf, Qigong, the ocean, traveling, science magazines, collecting Native American pottery, visiting and shopping with and for her grandchildren. She had a lifelong passion for dance, particularly waltz and ballet.
She was the gentle wife, of fifty-one years, of James Richard Rodriguez of Fredonia, mother of two daughters, Ann (David) Barndt, of Hudson, MA, Sara (Thomas) Sluberski, of Lowery Crossing, TX, a son, Mark Rodriguez, of Albuquerque, NM and a brother, Francis A. Domalski, of Toledo, OH. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren Jonathan, Andrew & Matthew Barndt, Joshua, Bianca, Isaac & Faith Rodriguez, Ariel & Lily Sluberski, nephew Allan Domalski and niece Emily Domalski.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. A Memorial Mass will be held from Holy Trinity RC Church, 1032 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock, with Rev. Joseph Zalacca officiating. A recitation of the Rosary will be observed near the end of calling hours.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fairmount Avenue Lakewood, NY, 14750, Chautauqua County Rural Ministries, PO Box 362, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or Perrysburg Cemetery, PO Box 164, Perrysburg, NY 14129. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
FORESTVILLE: Susan Ecker Newton, 62, of North Hill Road, Forestville, died Friday, July 17th, 2015, following a lengthy illness, peacefully at home. She was born in Gowanda on April 23, 1953, the daughter of the late Merle and Florence A. (Straight) Ecker.
Mrs. Newton was a graduate of Pine Valley Central School, Class of 1971 and worked as a Secretary for Howard’s Lime Service, South Dayton. She always enjoyed working in the office, talking with customers and taking Lime orders. As an active member of the community, many of her titles included Villenova Tax Collector, member of Villenova Town Board & Sexton of Villenova Cemetery, where she also served as President. You might have seen her enjoying her favorite past time, sitting in an chair reading a book or singing to an audience at different engagements, demonstrating her love for music. Growing up on the farm, there wasn’t an animal she didn’t love-especially dogs & cats.
Survivors include her husband Russell L. Newton, of Forestville, whom she married May 24, 1986, at her brother’s house in the Town of Villenova, a brother Allen Ecker and a sister, Nancy (Mark) LaVere. Also surviving are a sister-in-law Marlene Ecker, nieces & nephews- Chelsea Newton, Kirt (Yvonne) Ecker, Kim Ecker, Michael (Mona) Roberts, Rick Roberts, Lawrence (Gabi) Roberts, Walter (Mary) Roberts, Glenn (Annie) Roberts & Everil Roberts and many great nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother Ken Ecker.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 5-7 pm. There will be no services observed. Her body was donated to the University of Buffalo at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fairmount Avenue Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the UB Foundation, Anatomical Gift Program, SUNY at Buffalo, PO Box 900, Buffalo, NY 14226-0900 or Charity of one’s choice. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
SILVER CREEK: David A. Diefenbach, 80, of Silver Creek, died Saturday morning, July 18th, 2015, at his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Silver Creek, on November 14, 1934, the son of the late Laurin and Mildred (Campbell) Diefenbach.
He worked for many years for Ehmke Well Drillers in Silver Creek. In the early 1980′s he formed his own business, Diefenbach Water Systems, specializing in water treatment and water well pump systems. He was a lifetime member of the Hanover Fish and Game Club, was past President and Trail Captain for the Sunset Drifters Snowmobile Club and a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek.
Mr. Diefenbach was a true outdoorsman and family man. Besides spending time with his family, he enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, skeet shooting and snowmobiling. When he was younger he also enjoyed scuba diving. This winter he was able to go on his one and only snowmobile ride of the season when his grandson brought his sled to the front door, and with the help of his family, he got on the sled and both rode to Forestville.
Survivors include his wife Marsha (Newton) Diefenbach, whom he married May 12, 1966, in Las Vegas, Nevada, a son, Mark (Michele) Diefenbach, of Eden, two daughters, Tracey (Keith) Newman and Kelley (Rosario) Como, both of Silver Creek and a brother, Daniel Diefenbach, of Hamburg. Also surviving are a sister-in-law Judi Lucas of Forestville, 6 grandchildren Mallory and David Diefenbach, Matthew and Kaitlyn Newman, Alexa and Myah Como and several nieces & nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Charles Diefenbach, a sister Nancy Schifferli and brother-in-law Rich Schifferli.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 4-8 pm from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Thomas R. Burian, pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fairmount Avenue Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek, NY 14136. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
CAIRO, GA: Charles E. Foster, 96, of Oakland Drive, Cairo, GA, formerly of Bradenton, FL & Silver Creek, died Saturday, July 18th, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Darien Center, NY on September 6, 1918, the son of the late Fred and Florence (Dow) Foster.
He was a graduate of Silver Creek High School, Class of 1935, served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and was a Partner with the former Bonhoff & Foster, Inc. Silver Creek. Mr. Foster was a former member of the Tabernacle Church, Sarasota, FL
Survivors include two sons David L. (LeNoir) Foster, of Carollton, TX, Kenneth R. (Elaine) Foster, of Virginia Beach, VA and a daughter, Charleen (Randall) Carpenter, of Cairo, GA. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Mildred (Kohn) Foster, who died January 26, 2014, by 2 sisters Mabel Henris, Elizabeth Ramelow and by 4 brothers Thomas, George, Raymond & Arthur Foster.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Allyn Foster, nephew of the deceased, officiating. Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Charity of one’s choice. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.
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