mark on July 7th, 2018

SmathersASILVER CREEK:  Alice M. Smathers, 57, of Hickory Street, Silver Creek, passed away Monday, June 25th, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Silver Creek, on April 11, 1961, the daughter of the late Robert and Rose (Olmstead) Lyle, Sr.

Her smiling face could be seen everyday at the former Hogg’s Dairy in Silver Creek, where she loved to serve breakfast to the guys.  Mrs. Smathers learned how to use the computer while working at the Seneca Hawk, Irving and she worked as a Cashier for the former Valvo’s Convenient Store Silver Creek, until it’s closing.

Mrs. Smathers was an active member of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church Silver Creek, a former Firefighter & member of Silver Creek Hose Co. #1 and a longtime member of the Silver Creek Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as President for many years.  She spent much of her time caring for family & friends, including working as an aide in several homes, cleaning houses, baby-sitting and cooked many meals for the Fire Department and families that needed help.  Mrs. Smathers also took charge and helped cook many breakfasts & dinners at church.

Survivors include her husband David E. Smathers, whom she married April 21, 1979, in the Forestville Wesleyan Church, a daughter, Christy M. Smathers, a daughter-in-law Cheryl A. Brown a sister, Debra (Tony) Ortiz, all of Silver Creek; three brothers, Bruce (Patricia) Olmstead, of Friendship; Robert (Ginger) Lyle, Jr., of Forestville; and Carl Lyle, of Dunkirk.  Also surviving are 3 grandchildren- Aaron & Mcenzie Henhawk and Mea Smathers and many nieces & nephews and a large loving family in Ohio & Pennsylvania.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by 2 sons, David E. Smathers, Jr. and Charlie Smathers.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 14th at 11 o’clock from Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, 60 Buffalo Street, Silver Creek, with Rev. Michael Leamon officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Silver Creek Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, 162 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on July 1st, 2018

WatsonDFORESTVILLE:  David A. Watson, 91, of Rt. 39 Forestville, passed away Friday, June 29th, 2018 at Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, following a short illness.  He was born in Dunkirk, on February 27, 1927, the son of the late William and Mary (Jones) Watson.  Mr. Watson was a graduate of Dunkirk High School class of 1945.  Mr. Watson received a bachelors degree from the University of Buffalo, where he also received his masters degree in Physical Education in 1964.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WW II.

Mr. Watson was a Physical Education Teacher for Dunkirk Public School, for 26 years.  He formerly owned a Christmas Tree Farm and was the Longest living member of the First Baptist Church, Dunkirk.  Mr. Watson was a member of the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953. Forestville, a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, former 20 year member of the Sheridan Fire Department, was President of the Sheridan Memorial Field, Scoutmaster for both Dunkirk Troop #10 and Silver Creek Troop #36 and at one time taught basketball and driver education in both Dunkirk and Silver Creek.  He enjoyed spending winters in Floral City, Florida.

Survivors include his wife Elaine (Roof) Watson, of Forestville, whom he married on November 24, 1951, in Silver Creek, three sons David (Mary Ellen) Watson, of Silver Creek; Robert Watson, of Fredonia; and James (Linda Gonzalez) Watson, of Cassadaga. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a grandson Scott Watson, 2 brothers James R. & William Watson, a sister Beatrice Day and his best friend Dick Walker.

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 Pastor Mark Massaro, of the First Baptist Church, Dunkirk, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.  Military Graveside Services will be conducted by membes of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on June 27th, 2018

SmithRFREDONIA:  Roy Smith, Jr., 70, of Rt. 83, Fredonia, died unexpectedly, Sunday, June 24th, 2018, at Buffalo General Hospital.  He was born in Silver Creek, on November 18, 1947, the son of the late Roy and Hazel (Spears) Smith, Sr.

Mr. Smith worked as a Truck Driver for Casella Waste Systems, Dunkirk, for over 30 years.

Survivors include his wife Joyce E. (Pawloski) Smith of Fredonia, whom he married June 20, 1987, in Dunkirk, a daughter, Hazel (Raymond) Deet, of Silver Creek; two sons Bruce (Allison) Turner, of Terra Haute, Indiana; and Ronald Smith, of Manchester, Tennessee.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren- Ryan, Tyler & Karli Deet, Mason, Dylan, Braden & Leah Turner, Hunter & Shane Smith and several nieces & nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.

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 June 27th, 2018

WalkerRSHERIDAN:  Richard W. Walker, 91, of Center Road, Forestville, died Sunday, June 24th, 2018, at his residence, following a short illness.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 3, 1927, the son of the late Earl E. and Margueriete (Lanning) Walker.

Mr. Walker was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 1st Class during WW II.  He was the owner of Walker’s Wine Juice, Forestville.  Mr. Walker attended both the Forestville United Methodist Church, Forestville, and Family Church.

Survivors include two sons Richard A. (Tammie) Walker, and James E. (Susan) Walker, both of Sheridan.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Florajane (Young) Walker, whom he married on October 30, 1946 in the First United Methodist Church, Dunkirk and who died October 8, 2004, and by 2 brothers John & Robert Walker.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, with Pastor Mike Anderson, of Family Church of Cattaraugus County, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Family Church of Cattaraugus County, 207 Pine Street, South Dayton, NY 14138.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on June 25th, 2018

LathropAMedina, NY:  Alan L. Lathrop, 50, of Slade Road, Medina, NY, formerly of Forestville, died Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, at Buffalo General Hospital, with his family by his side.  He was born in Gowanda, on July 11, 1967, the son of Rita (Panek) Lathrop, of Forestville and the late Harold C. Lathrop.

Mr. Lathrop was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1985 and graduated from Fredonia State University.  He worked as a Certified Public Accountant for the Defense Contract Audit Agency Rochester, for over 27 years.

Surviving besides his mother is his wife April A. (Maltbie) Lathrop, of Medina, whom he married in 1990, at St. Peter & Paul RC Church, Hamburg and several cousins.

Friends are welcome to call at Vay-Schleich & Meeson, 38 East Avenue, Hilton, NY on Wednesday from 4-8 pm and from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 4-8 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at  11 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel J. Fawls, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Medina, officiating.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery, Forestville.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on June 5th, 2018

HAMBURG:  Raymond J. Woodward, 87,  a resident of Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, formerly of Forestville, passed away Saturday, March 10th, 2018, surrounded by his family and loving wife.  He was born in Forestville, on September 13, 1930, the son of the late John C. and Rose (Freeman) Woodward.

He worked as a Construction worker for Spolski Construction Lake Mary, FL., for 25 years.  Mr. Woodward was a member of The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Sanford, FL and a member of Christ Wesleyan Church in Florida.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Louise F. (Rounds) Woodward of Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, whom he married on September 16, 1949 in Gowanda, three daughters, Janice (Joseph) Dolce, of Forestville; Tamara (Mark) Manly, of Orchard Park; Linda (Paul) Hill, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; three sons Thomas (Carol) Woodward, of Forestville; Scott Woodward, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; Douglas Woodward, of Forestville; two sisters, Margaret Rohrich, of Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg; and Mary (Walter) Grimm, of North Collins.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Robert Woodward.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning, June 9th at 10:30 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.  The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on May 29th, 2018

StelmackVDUNKIRK:  Victoria Stelmack, 95, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab Center, Temple Road, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville passed away Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at her residence.  She was born in Dunkirk, on October 15, 1922, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie (Rosrczak) Kozlowski.

She worked as a Chief Cook for St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, Silver Creek, for 16 years, co-owned & operated a Grape & Cattle Farm with her late husband, Frank Stelmack, on Prospect Road, Forestville and she also worked for the former Comstock Canning Factory in South Dayton.  She was a member of St. Joseph RC Church, Fredonia and the Beaver Club, Fredonia.  Mrs. Stelmack was a former member of St. Rose of Lima RC Church and it’s Altar & Rosary Society, Forestville and a former member of both the Pioneer Social Club, Forestville and the Fredonia Senior Citizens.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramics and loved to cook, bake and play cards.

Survivors include a daughter, Marlene (Richard) Bradigan, of Forestville; four sisters, Josephine Bielaszka, of Fredonia; Theresa Kawski, Dorothy Ziemba, Joanne DiBiase, all of Dunkirk; and a brother, Joseph Kozlowski, of Boca Raton, FL.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, Melinda (Chuck) Bradigan Heath, whom she shared the same birthday with and referred to her as “Grandma Blue Eyes”, Kyle (Amy Clarke) Bradigan, Nathan, Ethan, Mimi, Natalie, Tatiana, Natasha and Eliza Stelmack, numerous great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frank Stelmack, Sr., whom she married on July 19, 1941 in the former St. Mary’s RC Church, Dunkirk and who died January 31, 1986, by a son Dr. Frank Stelmack, Jr., three sisters Lottie Gervas, Florence Jagoda, Gertrude Majka and a brother Chester Kozlowski.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday July 22, 2018 at 12 noon from J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Cedar Street, Forestville.  Private Interment was in Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to St. Joseph RC Church, 145 East Main Street, Fredonia, NY 14063 or to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.

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

 

mark on May 21st, 2018

WhiteDFREDONIA:  Dale L. White, 71, of Chautauqua Road, Fredonia, passed away Saturday, May 19th, 2018, at his residence, following a lengthy illness with his loved ones and pets at his side.  He was born in Dunkirk, on September 25, 1946, the son of the late Earl “Bill” and Gladys (Cardot) White.  He grew up on a dairy farm on Putnam Road in the Town of Arkwright and proudly served in the U.S. Army as a Cpl in Combat Service during the Vietnam War.

Mr. White served with the 9th Infantry Division in the armed conflict against insurgent forces in the Republic of Vietnam.  He was a Field Artillery Crewman on a barge on the Meh Kong River.  He received certifications in NCO Leadership Course, Combat Service and the Army Commendation Medal for outstanding achievement (in connection with) military operations against a hostile force.  Through his outstanding professional competence and devotion to duty, he obtained superior results.  Working long and arduous hours, he set an example that inspired his associates to strive for maximum achievement.  The loyalty, initiative and will to succeed that he demonstrated (at all times) materially contributed to the successful accomplishment of the mission of the command.  His performance was in the best traditions of the United States Army and reflected great credit upon himself and the military service.  Mr. White was honorably discharged in January 1971.

He worked for the former Al Tech Specialty Steel, Dunkirk, for 23 years until his accident there.  Mr. White was instrumental in saving an electrocuted electrician’s life by promptly performing CPR. He also worked for the NYSDOT in Fredonia, for 5 years.

Mr. White was a lifetime member of the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, a member of the South Dayton American Legion Post #1593, the American Rifle Association and the Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association, Stockton.  He was a hard worker and a wonderful provider for his families.

Mr. White was a lover and a friend to all animals.  He rescued many dogs, cats and also had a pot belly pig “Ruby Begonia” that he enjoyed for many years.  Mr. White would take daily walks with his cats gaily at his heels.  His dogs, “Casey” and “Oliver” and cats “Alys” (Alley Cat), “Girly” and “Snickers” were not just his pets but his little friends.  Mr. White saw many pets pass through his lifetime.  In his younger years, he enjoyed hot rods and beer which made for a wild combination at times.  He and his brother were often referred to as the “Arkwright Hillbillies”.  He loved conversation, forestry and wildlife.  Mr. White learned much of his conservation knowledge from his late cousin, Earl Cardot, of Arkwright.  His yard was always filled with a variety of birds that he fed and enjoyed watching daily, especially at the end when he was so ill.  Mr. White enjoyed woodcutting, spending time at his cabin, campsite and his neighbor’s wetlands next to his home, where he enjoyed pond fishing.  He was responsible for obtaining the beaver to form the wetlands many years ago.  Mr. White was a perfectionist in gardening, canning and loved to cook and bake.  He enjoyed spending time in his workshop on carpentry projects, rifles and target shooting/hunting.  Mr. White collected and restored farm tractors for many years, where he received several show awards.  He enjoyed watching sports, was a devoted NASCAR fan and won a Dale Earnhardt “look-alike” contest at one of the local car dealers.  Mr. White enjoyed his Corvette and Z28 Camaro, taking Betty for many long enjoyable rides through the countryside.  Mr. White was an excellent story teller and jokester, which is something he inherited from his father.  He enjoyed helping others and those he loved.  Whether you were a friend, neighbor or relative, he was always generous and giving to all.  Mr. White regretted never graduating from Forestville Central School.  He only went as far as the 9th grade, as he had much difficulty learning.  Mr. White was always proud of a young neighbor, friend or relative that accomplished their High School education and made sure they received a generous gift.  He wasn’t perfect, but he had a huge heart.  Mr. White always attended the annual Town of Arkwright Picnic.  It was his pleasure to bring large trays of shrimp for everyone to enjoy.  He will be sadly missed there.  Everyday, Mr. White and his companion Betty would spend hours playing games, Yahtzee was his favorite.  They enjoyed those special times together very much.  Mr. White overcame many health issues and disabilities in his lifetime and was always a tough fighter and survivor.  He enjoyed a long and colorful life and will be missed by all his friends, neighbors and family – including his critters, who all loved him very much.  Mr. White was tough, brave and strong.  He made a bold decision to not have any treatments for his pancreatic cancer, but chose to be at home for two years before he passed away, with the wonderful assistance of Chautauqua County HOSPICE.  He died with his self-respect and dignity.

Survivors include his companion of 15 years, Betty Crowell of Brocton, a daughter Connie White of South Dayton, two step daughters, Kathy (John) Taylor, of Derby; Roxanne Crowell, of Orchard Park; a step son, Edward McCarrick, of Portland; two sisters, Beverly Smith, of Dunkirk; Cora Closson, of Staunton, Virginia and a brother, Jack (Bev) White, of Springville.  Also surviving are 3 granddaughters Chandra Nagel of South Dayton, Chanel Eddy of Evans, Chantel Eddy of Salamanca and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by two brothers, Perry White, who died in a tragic car accident when Dale was 7 years old, Bruce “Joe” White, brother in law Carl Smith, nephew Chad Smith and niece Lynda (Smith) Pleszewski.

A Celebration of Life will be held at South Dayton Fire Hall during the summer.  Date and time to be announced.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Burnham Hollow Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to a Local animal shelter.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

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mark on May 3rd, 2018

LillieLFORESTVILLE:  Lester G. Lillie, 95, of Overhiser Road, Forestville, died Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital.  He was born in the Town of Dayton, on August 6, 1922, the son of the late George and Hazel (Allen) Lillie.

Mr. Lillie was a graduate of Gowanda High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II.  He was a Steelworker for the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. Lackawanna, for 33 years.  Mr. Lillie was a lifetime member of Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and family time.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice (Douglas) Tubbs, of Forestville; three sons David (Linda) Lillie, of Forestville; Darl (Jane) Lillie, of Lake Worth, FL; and Thomas Lillie, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Erna (Bartow) Lillie, who died February 5, 2006, 2 grandchildren and a daughter-in-law Judith Lillie.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday afternoon from 3-4 PM, from where Funeral Services will follow at 4 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Military Services will be conducted by members of Dunkirk Joint Veteran’s Council in the Funeral Home.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family Pine Grove Cemetery, Gowanda.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com

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mark on May 2nd, 2018

BROOKSVILLE, FL:  Robert E. Gens, 84, of Howell Avenue, Brooksville, FL, formerly of Forestville, died Friday, April 27th, 2018 at Heron Pointe Health & Rehab Center in Brooksville, FL.  He was born in Forestville, on May 20, 1933, the son of the late LeRoy and Winifred (Pickard) Gens.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Mr. Gens worked as a Supervisor for the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. Lackawanna.  He was also a mechanic and owned his own excavating business, doing work for many people in the area.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Gens Mott, of Parker, CO; Cheryl (Ed) Katta, of Forestville; a son, Robert Gens, of Lakewood, CO; and a sister, Norma Gens Hausauer, of Reddick, FL.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday evening from 6-8 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning, at 11 o’clock with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, Town of Sheridan.  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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