RichirV3SHERIDAN:  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.

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BeckerJPERRYSBURG:  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.

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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.

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BROCTON:  Robert I. Ramos, 70, of Highland Avenue, Brocton, died Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at Westfield Memorial Hospital.  Robert was born in Bronx, NY, on November 21, 1944, the son of the late Jose’ and Amalia (Otero) Ramos.  He was an avid Buffalo Bills & Sabers Fan and will be sadly missed by his close friends.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 10-11 am from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock, with Chris Schimel, pastor of Harvest Chapel, officiating. Private Interment will be in Webster Street Cemetery, Fredonia.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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FORESTVILLE:  Neldine B. Grisanti, 84, of Forestville, died Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at UPMC Hamot , Erie, PA, following a short illness.  She was born in Dunkirk, on October 23, 1930, the daughter of the late Alphonso and Florence (Anderson) Halpainy.

Mrs. Grisanti worked as a Lunch Room & Bus Monitor for Forestville Central School, for 10 years and previously worked for Brooks Memorial Hospital for 20 years as a Cleaning Lady.  She was a member of the former Spinning Wheels Camping Club.  Mrs. Grisanti enjoyed camping, going out shopping and her family, especially her grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Jo Ann Grisanti, of Forestville, three sons Charles (Donna) Grisanti, of Sheridan, Anthony Grisanti, and Gary Grisanti, both of Forestville.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Franklin Grisanti whom she married 65 years ago on April 9, 1949 in Silver Creek and who died December 29, 2014 and by many brothers & sisters.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 4-7 pm, from where A Catholic Burial Service will be held Friday morning, at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel F. Fiebelkorn, pastor of the Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parishes, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

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

 

mark on March 21st, 2015

PerryRRobert “Bob” A. Perry, a long-time resident of Hanford Bay, died unexpectedly Friday January 23, 2015 at his residence at the age of 91.  Born in Buffalo’s Cold Spring neighborhood, Bob graduated from Seneca Vocational High School.

Trained as a draftsman, he worked for a dental tool manufacturer for several years. During World War II, Bob worked at defense plants, notably Houdaille Industries, where he found his true calling as a mechanic.  Following the war, he worked as a mechanic at Al Kazimir’s Service on Fillmore and Rodney where he was known for his ability to fix anything and where he formed many lifetime friendships.  Mr. Perry was a fixture at both Sabres & Bills games, where he worked in various capacities as a member of SEIU Local 200, Ushers and Ticket Takers for over 40 years. He also worked at Batavia Downs and Hamburg Raceway until retiring in the late 1990s. He remained an ardent fan of the Sabres and Bills until his death. As a hockey player in his youth he never lost his love of the sport.  In late December, he went skating at the Fredonia State College rink.  After retiring to Hanford Bay and until his death, he could be found in his garage fixing cars and lawnmowers.

He and Adelle Fleischhauer, his lifelong companion for 65 years until her death in 2011, built several homes as well as rehabbed several homes in Hanford Bay over the years. Keeping only their home in Hanford Bay, Bob & Adelle spent winters at their home in Nokomis, FL.  Mr. Perry was president of the Hanford Bay Association for 23 years, from 1992 until his death in 2015, and vice president for 5 years, from 1987 to 1992. Many considered him the “Mayor” of Hanford Bay, serving on the Board for longer than anyone else. He worked tirelessly to represent his neighbors in Hanford Bay with an eye to the town of Hanover operations affecting the bay. He kept precise notes and newspaper clippings on any topic affecting the Bay. He worked tirelessly as a watchdog at town meetings, especially concerning projects that he had been involved in years before. Bob was instrumental in bringing the Erie County Water Authority services to the bay area. On any given day in the summer he could be found cleaning up the beach, cutting grass for neighbors and common areas or clearing a clogged sewer or creek up until his death.

Bob is survived by nieces and nephews and a very large extended family at Hanford Bay.  He witnessed the growth of three generations of children, many of whom stayed in contact after moving away.  Besides his lifelong companion, he was predeceased by four sisters.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s RC Church, 147 Commercial Street, Farnham, NY on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

 

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LatshawTSOUTH DAYTON:  Theresa M. Latshaw, 88, of Pine Street, South Dayton, entered heaven Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  She was born in Kane, PA on July 18, 1926, the daughter of the late James and Mary (Damart) Batista.

She worked as a Custodian at Pine Valley Central School, South Dayton, for 11 years, previously she was manager of the former South Dayton Market Basket and also the former Don Campbell’s Super Duper in Cattaraugus.  She was a member of the Red Hats Society, past member of the former St. John Fisher RC Church, South Dayton-where she was a Eucharistic Minister & a member of the Altar Rosary Society, a member of St. Joseph’s RC Church, Gowanda, Pioneer Social Club, Forestville and Home Bureau.  Mrs. Latshaw enjoyed quilting, ceramics and reading.  She touched the hearts of many lives with her fun loving attitude, generosity and kindness.

Survivors include three sons Richard (Jane) Latshaw, of South Dayton, Kenneth (Christine) Latshaw, of Cherry Creek, John (Jacqueline) Latshaw, of South Dayton, a daughter, Diane (Douglas) MacDonald, of Fiddletown, CA and a sister, Rosemary Fedele, of Horseheads, NY.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, extended family members Roxanne Overturff & Doug Rioth and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Kenneth W. Latshaw, whom she married October 12, 1946 in Kane, PA and who died December 29, 1987, son William W. Latshaw who died May 14, 1991, a great granddaughter Hope Krenzer, 3 brothers Joseph, Pat & Richard Batista and 2 sisters Elizabeth Micelli and Millie Labela.  There will be no visitation observed.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s RC Church, 26 Erie Avenue, Gowanda, on Saturday morning April 11, 2015 at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Joseph D. Porpiglia officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Villenova Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the 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.

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SamuelsonLSilver Creek:  Lester A. Samuelson, 88, of Hanover Road, Silver Creek, died Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at his residence, following a lengthy illness, with his loving family by his side.  He was born in the Village of Forestville, on October 10, 1926, the son of the late Merle C. and Alice E. (Pope) Samuelson.

Mr. Samuelson served in the U.S. Army during WW II, worked as a Truck Driver for the former George Bentges Distributors, Inc. for 40 years, retiring in 1990 and continued to drive truck for many area farmers until he was 81 years old.  He was an over 50 year member of the Silver Creek Fire Department, a member of the Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek, the Mt. Carmel Senior Citizens Club, Silver Creek and volunteered with the Silver Creek Food Pantry for 20 years.  Mr. Samuelson was a very gentle man and loved by everyone.  He loved his grandchildren, great grandchildren, “granddogs” and people.  Mr. Samuelson enjoyed doing carpentry and building houses.

Survivors include a son, Richard Samuelson, of Silver Creek and a daughter, Alice (Dominick) DeSanto, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Angeline (Genovese) Samuelson, whom he married June 25, 1949 in Silver Creek and who died June 26, 1990 and by 5 sisters, Marian Stull, Leona Berard, Winifred Ruzycki, Joan Griewisch and infant sister June Samuelson.

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. Rita Moniot, granddaughter of the deceased & pastor of Starbrick Family Church, Warren, PA officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Center.  Military Graveside Services will be conducted by members of Samuel Cimino VFW Post #6472, Silver Creek.  A Fireman’s Service will be conducted by members of Silver Creek Fire Department Friday evening at 7:30 in the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Silver Creek Food Pantry, PO Box 173, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to Silver Creek Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, 162 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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ReardonJFORESTVILLE:  John J. Reardon, 97, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at his residence.  He was born in Dunkirk, on October 26, 1917, the son of the late John J. and Edith (Mosher) Reardon.

Mr. Reardon served in the U.S. Army during WW II.  He worked as a Store Manager for Smith’s True Value, Irving and also previously worked for the former Alcoa Products, Dunkirk.  Mr. Reardon was a member of St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Forestville, at one time was an Assessor for the Town of Sheridan, belonged to many local organizations and volunteered with the Food Bank of WNY.  He enjoyed fishing & hunting.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Reardon, of Forestville, a brother William (Helen) Reardon of Dunkirk, a granddaughter Julia (Michael) Christian of Forestville, 3 great grandchildren Skyler, Gavin & Madison Christian and companion Barb Tower of Forestville.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Rita (Gautcher) Reardon, whom he married June 15, 1945 in Dunkirk and who died April 27, 1986 and 2 brothers Donald & Robert Reardon.

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 Prayer Services will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 o’clock 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 St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dunkirk.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, 165 Central Avenue Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Forestville Food Pantry, PO Box 309, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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GERRY:  Anna Belle Mingle, 96, a resident of Heritage Village Rehab & Skilled Nursing, Route 60, Gerry, formerly of the Town of Arkwright & Forestville, died Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at her residence.  She was born in Great Valley, on September 19, 1918, the daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth (O’Hara) Wheeler.

She worked as a Cook for the St. Stephens Hotel, Brocton.  Mrs. Mingle loved gardening, cooking & baking.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Lou Paternosh and nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Arthur Mingle, who died in 1989 and by a sister Elizabeth “Betty” Smith who died May 11, 2011.

There will be no visitation observed.  Private Interment will be in Burnham Hollow Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

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