mark on October 3rd, 2016

coverteSILVER CREEK:  Ellen A. Covert, 67, of Hanover Road, Silver Creek, died unexpectedly, Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  She was born in Silver Creek on August 17, 1949, the daughter of the late John and Mary Ellen (Vantino) Matekovich.

Mrs. Covert attended Forestville Central School and worked as a Technician for the former Amp, in Loganville, PA.

Survivors include a son, George Covert, of Dunkirk; a daughter, Heather Gabell, of Abbottsville, PA; three sisters, Elaine Smith, of York, PA; Judy (Shane) Ruppert, of Manchester, PA; Pamela J. (Mike) Speciale, of Portland, OR; a brother, Charles Matekovich, of Fredonia and her companion Charles “Andy” Teachman, Sr. of Silver Creek.  Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, Jeremy Covert, Alyssa Bechtel, Paige Bechtel and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her Natural Father George Horton and her husband William Covert, whom she married in October 1967 and who died in August 2008.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday, from 2-3 pm from where A Memorial Service will follow at 3 o’clock with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, %Heather Gabell, 7466 Hillcrest Drive, Abbottstown, PA 17301.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralome.com.

mark on October 2nd, 2016

hafnersobitDUNKIRK:  Shirley R. Hafner, 78, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Temple Road Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Saturday, October 1st, 2016, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, following a short illness.  She was born in Silver Creek on February 2, 1938, the daughter of the late Erwin and Mildred (Higgs) Homan.

Mrs. Hafner worked as a cleaner for Dr. Meyerhoff in Forestville and volunteered with the Forestville Food Pantry.  She enjoyed her grandchildren & great grandchildren and loved gardening and bird watching.

Survivors include two sons Wayne (Donna) Hafner, of Buffalo; William Hafner, of Forestville; two daughters, Sally Hafner, of Dunkirk; Helen (Brian McClean) Hafner, of Fredonia and a brother, Richard Homan, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Elmer Hafner, whom she married in 1956 and who died March 29, 2016, two daughters Elsie Hafner & Allison Hafner and a brother David Homan.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Donald Carlson, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on October 2nd, 2016

???????????????????????????????FREDONIA:  Theresa A. Ostrye, 65, of Birchwood Drive, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville & Dunkirk, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.

She was born in the Village of Silver Creek on August 11, 1951, the daughter of the late Raymond and Helen (Lawton) Ostrye.  Ms. Ostrye attended both Forestville & Silver Creek Central Schools, worked for the former Holy Cross Workshop, Dunkirk and the Resource Center on Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, where she was one of the original employees.

She enjoyed cats, knitting, crocheting, doing latch hook & plastic canvas, Soduku puzzles and the color purple.  Ms. Ostrye was loved by many and a friend to all.  Once she met you, you were a friend forever.

Survivors include two sisters, Ida Carter, of Sarasota, FL; Victoria (Edmund) Schafer, of Forestville; three brothers, Milton (Dorothy) Schneider, of Forestville; Nicholas (Corlee) Ostrye, of Sarasota, FL; Michael Ostrye, of Brocton and brother-in-law Robert Wdowiasz of Fredonia. Also surviving are several cousins, nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, great-great nieces & nephews, a special nephew Michael Ostrye and her friends at Birchwood IRA, The Resource Center and Lake Shore Family Center.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister Agnes Wdowiasz and brother-in-law Jack Carter.

There will be no prior visitation observed.  Graveside Services will be held Saturday morning, October 8th at 11 o’clock, in the Sheridan Center Cemetery, Center Road, Sheridan, with D. Min Peter A.T. Miller, officiating.

Because of her love of cats, donations can be made to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on September 24th, 2016

seeleyvDUNKIRK:  Vivian I. Seeley, 95, a resident of the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at her residence, following a short illness.

She was born in Gowanda, on March 25, 1921, the daughter of the late Robert and Clara (Benton) Bell.  Mrs. Seeley was an avid bowler & pinochle player.

Survivors include three sons Randy (Lucia) Seeley, of Silver Creek; Willard (Doris) Seeley, of Irving; Jeffrey (Denise) Seeley, of Forestville; and a daughter, Bonnie Seeley Cornelius, of Ballston Spa, NY.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband William D. Seeley, whom she married on January 12, 1939 and who died June 14, 2010, by 2 sisters Thelma Catrone and Virginia Hancock and by a grandson Daniel Seeley.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. David Watson, officiating.  Interment will follow in Smith Mills Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on September 20th, 2016

sobczakwFORESTVILLE:  Wanda P. Sobczak, 80, of Rt. 83, Forestville, died unexpectedly, Monday, September 19th, 2016 at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.  She was born in Jamestown, on December 9, 1935, the daughter of the late Donald R. and Devine J. (Palmberg) Holmes.

Mrs. Sobczak was a graduate of Cassadaga Central School and a member of the Dunkirk Senior Center.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband and the Senior Citizens.  Mrs. Sobczak enjoyed a good mystery book and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include her husband Robert F. Sobczak, of Forestville, whom she married on July 3, 1963, in the First United Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek, three daughters, Susan (Tom) Heinrich, of North Carolina; Lynn Napieralski, of Florida; and Michele Sobczak, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by an infant sister Janet Holmes.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 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 be at the convenience of the family in Cowdens Corners Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorials may be made to South Dayton Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 88, South Dayton, NY 14138.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on September 17th, 2016

krummjFORESTVILLE:  Janet M. Krumm, 60, of Meyers Road, Forestville, died Friday, September 16th, 2016, at her residence.  She was born in Buffalo, on June 16, 1956, the daughter of the late Robert and Rita (Funk) Trowbridge.

She was a graduate of Clarence High School, Class of 1974.  Mrs. Krumm worked for the Brother’s of Mercy in Clarence, the former Dunkirk Ice Cream and as a Health Care Giver for Willcare in Fredonia.  She attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church Silver Creek, and was a member of the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Ladies Auxiliary.  Mrs. Krumm enjoyed street rods, the Buffalo Bills & the Buffalo Sabres.

Survivors include her husband Paul Krumm, of Forestville, whom she married on October 3, 1987, in Our Lady of Peace RC Church, Clarence, a son, Warren (Robyn) Krumm, of Medina; a daughter, Lisa (George) Bulfon, of Warrenton, VA; a sister, Betsy (Ron) Vandenburg, of Florida; five brothers, Robert (Gail) Trowbridge; Richard (Daisy) Trowbridge; James (Jill) Trowbridge; John (Sheryl) Trowbridge; Brian (Jill) Trowbridge, all of Denver, CO, three best friends Darlene Brinkman, Linda Kingsley and Linda Kiley.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  A Prayer Service will be held Monday evening at 8:45 PM, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfunerahome.com.

 

mark on September 13th, 2016

holmesdGOWANDA:  Devine J. Holmes, 104, a resident of Gowanda Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, formerly of Stockton, Silver Creek & Lakeland FL, died, Monday, September 12th, 2016 at her residence.  She was born in Minneapolis, MN on November 29, 1911, the daughter of the late Karl and Selma (Johanson) Palmberg.

Mrs. Holmes was a graduate of the former Fredonia Normal School.  She and her late husband, Donald R. Holmes, whom she married on June 8, 1935 in Stockton and who died January 12, 1997, resided in Stockton for many years before moving to Silver Creek.  She enjoyed reading her Bible, crocheting, & watching TV.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda (Robert) Sobczak, of Forestville, three grandchildren Susan (Tom) Heinrich, Lynn Napieralski & Michele Sobczak, ten great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by an infant daughter Janet Holmes, a sister Ingeborg Howard and a brother Clifford Palmberg.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Greenwood Cemetery, Stockton.

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.

mark on September 13th, 2016

watrobagFORESTVILLE:  Gerald R. Watroba, 78, of King Road, Forestville, died Sunday, September 11th, 2016 at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Buffalo, on January 1, 1938, the son of the late John and Ann (Skowronski) Watroba.

Mr. Watroba was a Partner at Elite Designs Intl, Ltd. Silver Creek, for 32 years.  He also worked for Gleason’s Nursery of Williamsville as a Landscaper for 25 years.  Mr. Watroba enjoyed gardening and baking.

Survivors include his wife Deanne (Tresp) Watroba, of Forestville, whom he married on July 6, 1957, in Buffalo, four sons Mark (Karen Orr) Watroba, of Forestville; Randy (Polly) Watroba, of Silver Creek; Jeffrey (Michaelene) Watroba, of Atlanta, GA; Jeremy (Ann Reynolds) Watroba, of Forestville; and a sister, Arlene Krzeminski, of Cheektowaga.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 brothers Dan and Richard Watroba.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday, from 5-8 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James Rowell, of the Angola Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiating.

Flowers are greatfully declined.  The family suggests memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on September 9th, 2016

 goddardfOCONOMOWOC, 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.

mark on September 9th, 2016

stanbrojHOOVER, 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.