mark on March 30th, 2016

HafnerEFORESTVILLE:  Elmer M. Hafner, 81, of Main Street, Forestville, died Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, PA, following a short illness.  He was born in North Collins, on July 4, 1934, the son of the late William C. and Elsie M. (Fuller) Hafner.

He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a Custodian for Forestville Central School, for 25 years.  At one time he also worked for the former Canning Factory in Silver Creek and the former Five Star Cleaners.  Mr. Hafner enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Shirley  (Homan) Hafner of Dunkirk, whom he married in 1956, two sons Wayne (Donna) Hafner, of Buffalo; William Hafner, of Forestville; two daughters, Sally Hafner, of Dunkirk; Helen (Brian McClean) Hafner, of Fredonia; a brother, Thomas (Rose) Hafner, of Brocton and a sister, Lulu Kohler, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 daughters Elsie and Allison Hafner, 4 sisters Helen Skelly, Dolly Fuller, Louise Mattice, Lorraine Kelly and 2 infant brothers Roger & William Hafner.

Friends may call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday, morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Donald Carlson, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery, where Military Graveside Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on March 29th, 2016

HannahBFORESTVILLE:  Blanche A. Hannah, 76, of Bennett State Road, Forestville, died Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Buffalo, on May 31, 1939, the daughter of the late Phillip and Jane (Rzepniak) Pawlak.

Mrs. Hannah was a graduate of South Park High School, Class of 1957 as Valedictorian.  At one time she worked for New Era Cap in Derby.  Mrs. Hannah was a long time member of St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville, where she helped start the Meal of Mercy.

Survivors include her husband, William H. Hannah of Forestville, whom she married November 15, 1957, in Buffalo, three sons William J. (Diane) Hannah, of Shreveport, LA; Thomas (Bernadette) Hannah, of Elmira and Robert Hannah, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a son John H. Hannah, who died November 13, 2015 and a sister Delores Wanat.

Friends may call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm from where Prayer Services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 am followed by A Mass of Christian Burial from St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville, at 10 o’clock with Rev. Daniel F. Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  Interment will follow in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

WatermanSBELLEVIEW, FL:  Sue “Sue-Z” (Schack) Waterman, 62, of Belleview, FL, formerly of Forestville, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at her residence.  Sue-Z was born on September 2, 1953 in Carthage, NY the daughter of the late Raymond and Patricia Schack.

She moved to Forestville in 1977, where she raised her three sons. In 1995, Sue-Z moved to Bellevue, FL where she spent over a decade working for the United States Census Bureau. She will be remembered for her larger than life personality, her courage, her strength, her infectious smile, and of course, her amazing cooking and her love of coffee.

Survivors include three sons, Ben Waterman, Jason (Jennifer) Waterman, Nathaniel (Deanna) Waterman; four brothers Raymond (Tammy) Schack, Kevin (Wanda) Schack, Randy (Cathy) Schack, Christopher Schack; three sisters Sharon (Gary) Freeman, Kathy Kaine, Cindy (Earl) Long and four grandchildren; Brooke Waterman, Blake Waterman, Colin Waterman and Madox Waterman.  Also surviving are her partner, Steve Schmidt and his family and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 15th, 2016

MilitelloCFORESTVILLE:  C. Robert “Bob” Militello, 74, of Rt. 39 Forestville, died Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at his residence, following a short illness.  He was born in Dunkirk, on July 18, 1941, the son of the late Frank R. and Bessie “Betty” (Grizanti) Militello.  Mr. Militello was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1958 and a graduate of Cornell University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

He served in the National Guard and currently owned Militello Farm Supply, Inc. Forestville, for 32 years.  In 1964, Mr. Militello worked for National Grape Cooperative as a Field Man, worked for the former Agway for 4 years and the former Helena Company for 2 years also as a Field Man, and then became a full time grape grower in 1978.  In 1965, he started Militello Farms and in 2001 he and his son James formed Militello Farms, LLC.  Mr. Militello was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fredonia, where he served as Elder & Treasurer for many years, served on the Board of Directors for the National Grape Cooperative for 33 years and the Board of Directors for Welch’s for 10 years.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, vegetable gardening, playing the piano and guitar, wine tasting and vacationing in Aruba.

Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Militello, of Fredonia; two sons Martin (Julia) Militello, of Stokesdale, NC; James (Jeannine) Militello, of Fredonia; and a sister, Janet (Militello) Call, of Little Elm, Texas.  Also surviving are his Special Friend Peggy Kleparek, 5 grandchildren- Zachary, Olivia, Faith, Libby & Avery Militello and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Judy A. (Brinkman) Militello, whom he married March 26, 1966 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Silver Creek and who died December 20, 2010.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles and Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 10 o’clock, from St. Paul Lutheran Church, 334 Temple Street, Fredonia, with Rev. William Novack officiating.  Private Interment will be in Sheridan Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 334 Temple Street, Fredonia, NY 14063 or to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on March 12th, 2016

GruberM1GruberM2FORESTVILLE:  Michael Gruber, 74, of Rt. 39 Forestville, died Friday, March 11th, 2016 at his residence following a 5 year battle with cancer, with his family by his side.  He was born in Lackawanna, on May 25, 1941, the son of the late Samuel and Eva (Dzelajialia) Gruber.  Mr. Gruber was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1959 and served in the U.S. Marines as a Cpl.

He started as a Bus Driver for Forestville Central School in 1966 & became Transportation Supervisor in July 1992, retiring in May 2000.  Previously, he was a part-time truck driver for Gernatt Asphalt for 12 years and worked for the former JN Adam Developmental Center for 13 years as a Safety Officer.  He also owned & operated a Dairy Farm for approximately 20 years and M. Gruber & Son Lime Service for 25 years.  Mr. Gruber was a member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville and he enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling to Gettysburg.

Devoted husband of Catherine M. (Franklin) Gruber, of Forestville, whom he married May 2, 1964, in the Free Methodist Church, Gowanda, Loving father of Neal (Chris) Gruber, of South Dayton; Christina (Jessie) Perison, of Perrysburg; brother of Steve (Ruth) Gruber, of South Dayton and Cherished Poppie of Megan & Ava Gruber.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters Christine Cummings and Patricia Franklin.

There will be no visitation observed.  Memorial Services will be held Saturday afternoon, May 21st, at 2 o’clock, from J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post, Cedar Street, Forestville.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Perrysburg Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062 or to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc., 20 West Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or 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 March 4th, 2016

TafelPFORESTVILLE:  Paul “PT” I. Tafel, Jr., 31, of Route 39, Forestville, formerly of Eden, passed away following a short battle with cancer, Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 at the Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.  He was born in Jamestown, on July 13, 1984, the son of Sue (Runyan) Thompson, of Forestville and the late Paul I. Tafel, Sr.

Mr. Tafel was a graduate of Eden High School, Class of 2003, attended JCC at the Dunkirk Campus and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers Fan who enjoyed cooking.

Surviving besides his mother are his stepfather Lee Thompson of Forestville; three sisters, Roberta “Missi” Johnson, of Jamestown; Ellen (Raul Diaz) Tafel and Sarah Tafel both of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother, Joseph (MaryEvelyn) Pifer, of Corry, PA; and a step brother, Christopher (Colleena) Thompson, of Forestville.  Also surviving are nieces & nephews Natasha, Abigail, Sabastian, Felix & Marina.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday afternoon from 2-4 pm, from where Funeral Services will follow at 4 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228-1198.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on March 3rd, 2016

SchroederPCLERMONT, FL- Phillip Harold Schroeder, 75, of Clermont, FL, formerly of Forestville, passed away peacefully from cancer, on March 2, 2016 at his home with his wife by his side.  He was born February 26, 1941 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Albert and Myrtle (Palmer) Schroeder.

In 1981, after his marriage to Kathleen “Kathy” (Rodman) Schroeder, he moved to Clermont, FL.  He previously worked at the former Red Wing in Fredonia, as a truck dispatcher for 20 years, and then for Carolyn Candies in Clermont, FL as production manager for 16 years, took early retirement, and then worked as custodian of the FUMC Pre-school for about 3 years. Mr. Schroeder was a charter member of the Clermont Moose Lodge.

Since his school years, he played drums in several bands over the past 60 years, favoring the old country music. Mr. Schroeder played at Clerbrook RV several years and Bee’s RV almost 4 years and always enjoyed talking to the people while on break. He was a loving, gentle, easy going guy, always helping others. He enjoyed making wood projects, feeding the squirrels and birds, in the feeders he made, bike riding on the trail, working in the yard with his wife, watching NASCAR racing, keeping in touch with others on Facebook and was an Avon ‘man’ for 13 years with his wife. He liked to take a different route coming home than what he took getting there and always was willing and ready to do or go anywhere.  He is much loved and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and 2 cats.

Surviving besides his wife are 5 children; Jeffrey Schroeder of Fredonia, Judy Schroeder of Sheridan, Jim Schroeder of South Dayton, Jeremy (Sandie) Schroeder of Forestville, and Hank (Masha) Jensen of Reisterstown, MD, 2 sisters; Carol (Ed) Crecraft and Janice (Jim) Rundell both of Forestville, 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by an infant brother Donald Schroeder and a nephew Dale Crecraft.

There will be Celebration of Life gatherings in both Clermont, FL and in Forestville in the near future.  Local arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 2nd, 2016

OLCOTT, NY- Mavis M. Bonkoske, 94, of Leonard Court, Olcott, NY, formerly of Johnson Creek, NY died Monday, February 29th, 2016 at her residence, following a short illenss. She was born in Valley City, North Dakota on November 2, 1921, the daughter of the late Robert and Delsie (Parr) Frederickson.

She was a graduate of Arcade High School, Class of 1940 and worked as a Cook for Medina Hospital, for 10 years.  She was previously a Bus Driver for Ridge Road Express and Royalton-Hartland Central School District.

Mrs. Bonkoske was a member of the former Johnson Creek Grange, she co-founded the ambulance service in Hartland, started the Johnson Creek Cadets 4-H club and started a community Roller Skating activity at Johnson Creek Grange Hall.

Survivors include two sons Howard Bonkoske, of Burt, NY; Russell (Lois) Bonkoske, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; two daughters, Evelyn (Alexander) Potter, of Indore, West Virginia; Janet (Roger) Cooper, of Olcott, NY; three brothers, Donald Frederickson, of Irving; Roy Frederickson, of South Dayton; James Frederickson, of Forestville; five sisters, Virginia (Lester) Palmer, of Forestville; Irene (Earl) Blakely, of Irving; Ann Frederickson, of Silver Creek; Lucille Harmon, of Florida; and Lois (David) Valentine, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Alfred Bonkoske, whom she married on December 28, 1940 in Arcade and who died July 11, 1996 and by 5 brothers, Marvin, Robert, Lyle, Ernest and Harold Frederickson.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Balltown Cemetery, Town of Hanover.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on February 17th, 2016

IRVING:  Carol M. Frederickson, 80, of Versailles Road, Irving, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, at her residence.  She was born in Silver Creek, on October 24, 1935, the daughter of the late Wilford and Bessie (Snyder) Moore.  Mrs. Frederickson was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School, Class of 1953.  After graduation, she worked for the former Forbes & Wagner, the former C&E, both in Silver Creek and the former Moench Tannery in Gowanda.  Mrs. Frederickson enjoyed her grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Survivors include five daughters, Sandra (Richard) Goddard, of Irving, Brenda Frederickson of Brockport, Lenora Weise, of Silver Creek, Lorraine (Steven) Tarkenton, of Chesapeake, Virginia, Barbara (Ronald) House, of Forestville and a sister, Arlene “Joy” (David) Clark, of Irving.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, Richard A. (Corrina Hendel) Goddard, Holly (Randy) Lemke, Shannon Klancer, Richard B. (Jennifer) Klancer, Vanessa (Shannon) Longjohn, Daniel (Kathy) Wright and Matthew Poquadeck, 15 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Harold Frederickson whom she married on July 4, 1953 in the Methodist Parsonage in Silver Creek and who died June 10, 1995.

Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Rathbun Cemetery, Irving.  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Versailles Volunteer Fire Department, 11851 Buffalo Street, Versailles, NY 14168 or to the Charity of one’s choice.

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

mark on February 6th, 2016

FREDONIA:  Wanda Cuevas, 66, of Matteson Street, Fredonia, died Monday, February 1st, 2016 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  She was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 18, 1949, the daughter of the late William R. and Iris (Quinones) Cuevas.  Surviving is her stepmother Marguerite Cuevas of Florida.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday morning from 10-11 o’clock, from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock, with Pastor Fred Holdridge officiating.  Private Interment will be in Jolls Cemetery, Perrysburg.   To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.