mark on December 7th, 2018

CummingsMFORESTVILLE:  Marvin D. Cummings, Sr., 80, of Center Street, Forestville, a lifelong resident, died Thursday, December 6th, 2018, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Dunkirk, on July 1, 1938, the son of the late Kenneth and Emma (Payne) Cummings.

Mr. Cummings was a graduate and proud alumnus of Forestville Central School, Class of 1956.  He worked as a Supervisor for the New York State DOT, Collins, for 39 years and also worked for the former Repp’s Marina, Silver Creek.

Mr. Cummings enjoyed working with youth in the community in sports, especially Little League Baseball.  He was a Civil War re-enactor for 25 years, presenting many living histories and marching in parades.  Mr. Cummings was an avid bowler, enjoyed camping, woodworking and being involved with his family at sporting events.

Survivors include four sons Mike (Wendy) Cummings, of Mayville; Tim (Laura) Cummings, of Dewittville; Scott (Norma) Cummings, of Mayville; Marvin D. (Vicki) Cummings, Jr., of Silver Creek; two daughters, Sue (John) Edler, of Versailles; Cathy (Keith) VanVlack, of Forestville; two brothers, Robert (Joan) Cummings, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Daniel Cummings, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and a sister, Grace (Gerald) Franklin, of Valrico, FL.  Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his childhood sweetheart Christine (Gruber) Cummings, whom he married on October 4, 1958 in the Forestville United Methodist Church and who died May 4, 2011, by a brother Arthur Cummings and a sister Edna Franklin.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 4-7 PM and on Monday morning from 10-11 AM, from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Mark Parsons, pastor of both Mayville & Dewittville United Methodist Churches, officiating.  Interment will follow 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.

 

mark on December 6th, 2018

VaraE1VaraEDUNKIRK:  Elizabeth L. Vara, 87, a resident of Dunkirk Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, formerly of Silver Creek, passed away Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at her residence.  She was born in Angola, on July 9, 1931, the daughter of the late Louis and Leola (Smith) Small.

Mrs. Vara graduated from the former Angola School, with honors.  She was a Homemaker all her life.  Mrs. Vara was a former member of the Silver Creek Senior Citizens and enjoyed playing Bingo and participating in Flea Markets.

Survivors include a daughter, Renee Timmerman, of Fredonia; a son, Charles Vara, of Silver Creek; two brothers, Louis Small, of Angola; and Jerry Small.  Also surviving are four grandchildren- Aimee Glapa, Matthew Timmerman, Charles J. Vara, Connor Vara, great grandchildren Nicholas & Nathan Glapa and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Charles L. Vara, whom she married on September 25, 1954 in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek and who died in 1983, a brother Milford Small and two sisters Arlene Burnett and Sylvia Lietz Julian.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday morning, December 8th, from 10 am to 12 pm, where a Memorial Service will follow at 12 pm, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills, officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Glenwood Cemetery, Silver Creek.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or the Silver Creek Fire Department Emergency & Rescue Squad, 162 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on December 3rd, 2018

SILVER CREEK:  Leonard C. Dingeldey, Jr., 91, of Angell Road, Silver Creek, died Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Buffalo, on November 12, 1927, the son of the late Leonard C. and Estella (Kepner) Dingeldey, Sr.

Mr. Dingeldey served in the U.S. Army during WW II and worked as a Cleaner/Custodian for Hamburg Central School District, for 20 years.  He was a member of the Hamburg American Legion Post #527 and a former member of the Dunkirk Moose Lodge #89.  Mr. Dingeledey enjoyed antique cars, scrapbooking and the Buffalo Bills.

Survivors include a son, Leonard Charles Dingeldey, III, of Blasdell; a daughter, Louise (Forrest) Pollock, of Blasdell; three step sons Patrick (Chris) Richmond, of North Carolina; Robert (Margie) Richmond, of Forestville; Fleury (Robin) Richmond, of Forestville;  two step daughters, Jane Smith, of Tennessee; and Donna (Michael) Webber, of Cattaraugus.  Also surviving are twenty three grandchildren, several great grandchildren & great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife Alice Schwartz, his second wife Eva (Whitford) Dingeldey, whom he married May 19, 1990 in Missouri and who died September 23, 2014, by an infant sister and his stepfather Edward Antweiler.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, 4 Mill Street, South Dayton, at 1 o’clock.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on November 20th, 2018

WESTFIELD:  Susan R. Hilliker, 63, of Prospect Station Road, Westfield, passed away Sunday, November 18th, 2018, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, after a lengthy battle with cancer.  She was born in Silver Creek, on April 25, 1955, the daughter of the late Edwin Lee and Nina I. (Corzett) Bailey.

Mrs. Hilliker was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1973 and a graduate of Jamestown Business College with an Associates Degree in Medical Administration.  She worked as a Practice Manager for Dr. Raman Sood, MD, Dunkirk, for 26 years and also previously worked in Medical Records for Brooks Hospital and for Dr. Damania.

Mrs. Hilliker was a member of the Southern Tier Riders.  She loved to ride motorcycle, go camping, do scrapbooking and making cards.

Survivors include her husband Kelly G. Hilliker of Westfield, whom she married April 21, 1979, in the former St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Forestville, two sons Brian (Pam) Hilliker, of Fredonia; Scott (Amanda Near) Hilliker, of Westfield; two sisters, Sherma (Larry) Bell, of Sheridan; Judi (Ken) Lucas, of Forestville; two brothers, Richard (Mary) Bailey, of Texas; and Sherman (Linda Hall) Bailey, of Forestville.  Also surviving are grandchildren- Calvin & Mattea Hilliker, J.J., Jacob & Lauren Cerrie, Faye Hilliker, Andrea Zybert and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased her father-in-law Allen Hilliker.

Services are private and at the convenience of family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631.

Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on November 18th, 2018

FyeLCELORON:  Lenord M. Fye, 80, of Boulevard Avenue, Celoron, formerly of Forestville, passed away peacefully, Friday, November 16th, 2018 at his granddaughter’s home in Fredonia, with family & friends by his side.  He was born in Nanty-Glo, PA on July 22, 1938, the son of the late Merle and Edna (Thomas) Fye.

Mr. Fye worked as a Diesel Mechanic for BFI in Dunkirk, and also worked for Blakely Construction.  He was a Life Member of the Forestville Fire Department, a member of the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association and Hanover Fish & Game Club.  Mr. Fye enjoyed spending time with his family, singing Karaoke, and hunting & fishing.

Survivors include two sons Garry (Wendy) Ernst, Edwin (Mary) Ernst, three daughters, Janice (Ernst) Ebling, Jill (Ernst) Carlson, Lenora (Timothy) White, four brothers, David, Roger, Eddie, Dickie, and four sisters, Marion, Nancy, Edna, and Patty.  Also surviving are several grandchildren, several great grandchildren & several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Joyce G. (Frost) Fye, whom he married November 11, 1960 in Dunkirk and who died August 15, 2007, two brothers Ronald & Ervin and two sisters Dorothy & Debbie.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday evening from 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  A Fireman’s Service will be conducted by members of the Forestville Fire Department Monday evening at 7 o’clock in the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association, 9 E. Chadakoin Parkway, Celoron, NY 14720.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on October 29th, 2018

PleszewskiRCASSADAGA:  Richard “Dickie” R. Pleszewski, 69, of Smith Road Cassadaga, formerly of Forestville, passed away Monday, October 22nd, 2018 after suffering a long hard battle with illness.  He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1967 and became a Union Boilermaker Welder shortly after graduation.

Mr. Pleszewski enjoyed a very long & successful career as a welder.   He was a member of the Union Boilermaker Welders #7.  Mr. Pleszewski had a passion for classic rock music & albums, collecting traps, enjoyed the outdoors of Western New York and training his sled dogs, for pleasure.  He also had a great love for spending time with his family.

He was the husband of Sharon P. (Valvo) Pleszewski for 44 years, whom he married at St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville, beloved father of Amanda (Luke) Duell, long term father mentor to Jeffrey Walker, brother of James (Lucille) Pleszewski and Daniel Pleszewski.  He was predeceased by his parents Raymond & Florence (Kuciapinski) Pleszewski, a sister-in-law Lynda Pleszewski and a brother-in-law S. James Valvo.

A Catholic Burial Service will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of St. Rose of Lima, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 226, Cassadaga, NY 14718 or to Sinclairville Volunteer Fire Company #1, PO Box 403, Sinclairville, NY 14782.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on October 22nd, 2018

SHERIDAN:  Charles “Charlie” W. Lucas, age 93, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk.

He raised 4 children with his wife, the late Martha Lucas, whom he lovingly called “Mart” for 69 years.  Mr. Lucas had six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was a WWII veteran.  His passions were grape farming, growing vegetables and flowers.  On any given day you could find him in the vineyards tying, trimming, chopping or spraying.  In Mr. Lucas’ later years, he could be found singing to the piano- “How Great Thou Art”.

A Memorial Mass will be held from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church, 328 Washington Avenue, Dunkirk on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Dennis Reiter officiating.  A Celebration of Life will follow at the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Route 20, Sheridan at 11:30 am.

Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

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mark on October 16th, 2018

FORESTVILLE:  Theresa K. Warner, 93, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo.  She was born in the Town of Sheridan, on September 22, 1925, the daughter of the late Casimer W. and Belle L. (Przybylski) Kujawa.

She was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1943.  Mrs. Warner worked as a Secretary for the former Burgess Construction, Forestville, for 10 years.  She also at one time worked as a bookkeeper for the former Alcoa in Dunkirk for 12 years.  Mrs. Warner and her late husband, Dean, co-owned & operated a Grape Farm in the Town of Sheridan.

She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek, the Sheridan Happy Seniors, the former St. John Bosco RC Church, it’s Altar & Rosary Society and St. Vincent DePaul Society, the former Sheridan Grange and the former Home Bureau in Sheridan.  Mrs. Warner enjoyed gardening & crafts.

Survivors include four sons Kevin (Bonny) Warner, of Forestville; Loren (Susan) Warner, of Jamestown; Dennis (Sandy) Warner, of Lakewood; Patrick (Denise) Warner, of Hamburg; a daughter, Bonnie Ann (Ronald Palaszynszki) Robertson, of LeRoy, NY; a sister, Florence Gage, of Forestville and a sister-in-law Burdella Warner of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Dean L. Warner, whom she married on August 27, 1955 in the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan and who died July 25, 2012, 2 brothers John & Edmund Kujawa and a sister Dorothy Cross.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday evening from 7-9 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10 o’clock from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.  Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Sheridan Fire Dept. PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135 or to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on October 16th, 2018

SandersBBROCTON:  Brian D. Sanders, 61, of Central Avenue, Brocton, died unexpectedly of natural causes, Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at his home.  He was born in Gowanda, on March 21, 1957, the son of David P. and Alice M. (Austin) Sanders, of Arkwright.

Mr. Sanders was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1974 and worked as a Maintenance man for Related Management in Fredonia, for 16 years, retiring earlier this year.  He was currently a member of the 9th Regiment NY Cavalry, associated with the North South Skirmish Association, for 20 years.  Mr. Sanders enjoyed camping, hiking and was a huge Sabres fan.  He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and will be sadly missed.

Surviving besides his parents are his wife of 31 years, Debra K. (Oaks) Sanders, of Brocton, whom he married on September 26, 1987, in Brocton, four sons Luke, Andrew, Shane and Toby Matthew Sanders, six siblings Jerald, James, Suzanne, Bruce, Timothy and Paul Sanders.  Also surviving are two grandchildren Alissa & Xavier Moralez and many nieces & nephews.  He was predeceased by his birth father Milton Everell Crowell, a daughter Lisa D. Sanders and infant son Toby Brian Sanders.

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. Mark Teets, pastor of Community Bible Church, Mayville, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on September 15th, 2018

SealanderDFORESTVILLE:  Denise Marie Sealander, 48, of Kuhrt Road, Forestville, formerly of Laona, passed away Monday, September 10th, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville.  She was born in Dunkirk, on September 30, 1969, the daughter of Mary C. (Stafford) Sealander, of Forestville and the late Karl G. Sealander, Sr.

Denise was a graduate of Fredonia Central School, Class of 1987.  She worked as a Bartender at Dunkirk VFW Post #1017, Dunkirk, for 5 years and previously worked as a cook & bartender for Sheridan VFW Post #6390, then as a bartender for American Legion Post #59, Fredonia for 14 years.  Denise was a member of the Sheridan VFW Auxiliary for 13 years, where she had served as a past president, a past member of the Chautauqua County VFW Auxiliary, where she served as president from 2010-2011, a member of the Beaver Club, Fredonia and the Dom Polski Club, Dunkirk.

She loved camping, going for walks, loved pets & her cats, especially “Moe” and became a friend of everyone she met.  Denise was a great mother influence to many of her friends children, who all called her “Aunt Denise”.

Surviving besides her mother are a brother, Karl G. Sealander, Jr., of Forestville, two Aunts Michele Damon and Deidre Moore and friends Ina Merino of Rochester and Rhonda Daminski of Dunkirk.  Besides her father she was predeceased by a brother Timothy Sealander.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Time and place to be announced. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Laona Cemetery, Fredonia.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the VA WNY Healthcare System %Volunteer Service, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215 or to the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Rt. 20, Sheridan, NY 14135.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.