mark on January 18th, 2019

DUNKIRK:  Robert R. Bowker, 96, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Pearl Street, Forestville, went to the Lord, Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at his residence.  He was born in the Village of Forestville, on August 30, 1922, the son of the late Homer R. and Lucy I. (Matteson) Bowker, Sr.

Mr. Bowker was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1941.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a SSGT during WW II, was stationed in the Phillipines, received 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and flew 51 missions as a Tailgunner.

Mr. Bowker worked as a Machine Shop Foreman at Lakeside Precision, Inc. Dunkirk, retiring in 1987.  He previously worked as a Machinist for the former Foster Aluminum of Forestville, the former Alcoa of Dunkirk and Bailey Manufacturing of Forestville. He was an over 60 year member of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, a member of the NRA and the Fredonia Rifle & Pistol Club.  Mr. Bowker enjoyed rifle and bullseye pistol shooting during the 1950′s & 60′s, he held a “Master” title in bullseye shooting and enjoyed spending time with nature and hunting.

Survivors include a son, Wayne (Anita) Bowker, of Thousand Oaks, CA; a daughter, Karen (Lawrence) Waterman, of Sebastian, FL; and a brother, Homer “Chum” (Beth) Bowker, Jr., of Forestville. Also surviving are five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Ruth M. (Crowell) Bowker, whom he married August 29, 1942 and who died April 17, 1994.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Time & place to be announced.  The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062.

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

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mark on January 16th, 2019

DuffGPORT ORANGE, FL:  Gerald Duff, 67, of Port Orange, Florida, died Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, after a long battle with a recurrent Meningioma Brain Tumor.  He was born in Silver Creek, on May 19, 1951, the son of the late Denton A. and Elizabeth (Clees) Duff.  He grew up in Forestville, graduated from Forestville Central School, Class of 1970 and moved to Florida in 1983-2018.

Mr. Duff was an Owner Operator for 15 years, owned an Environmental Clean Up Business for 12 years and worked for Heartland Express Trucking until his illness began in 2012.  He was a member of Hanover Masonic Lodge #152 F&AM, Forestville.

Jerry was a kind man who radiated joy.  His ability to bring laughter to everyone, even in the most dire of circumstances was legendary, as was his own hearty laugh and skill at gentle self-depreciation.  He had a great, soft, heart, filled with the most all encompassing love that inspired awe in everyone who was blessed to cross his path.  His illness, with which he suffered unrelenting pain, drastic surgeries, and difficult treatments for over 7 long years, did nothing to dim the sweetness of his spirit.  His perseverance in the face of such a trial, is not only enviable, but more absolutely astounding.  His loss is felt deeply by all who knew him, but his exemplary zest for life, mischief, and simple adoration of existence is an everlasting example to all.

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Jeanne (Michael) Shafer, Kathy (Michael) Caldwell, Erin Elizabeth (James) Quinlan, two brothers, Robert (Barbara) Duff, Danny Duff and two sisters, Sharyn (Larry) Duff-Kibbe, Janey (Michael) O’Boyle.  Also surviving are a dear friend Miranda Crick, eight grandchildren Zachary Gerald Duff, Christina Geraldine (Marquise) Colston, Miranda Elizabeth Wilson, Robert Gerald Lilavois, Calleigh Elizabeth Quinlan, Mckenna Elizabeth Quinlan, Tracy Lynn Caldwell, Travis Michael Caldwell, a great granddaughter Jasmine Sidney Moore, two nieces Susan (Jason) Rowicki, Jennifer O’Boyle and a nephew Shawn O’Boyle.  He also has two great nieces and a great nephew.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother David Duff, who died December 3, 1969.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 2nd, from 10-11 AM, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 19 West 4th Street, Dunkirk, where a Memorial Service will follow at 11 o’clock.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorial contributions may be made either to the Charity of one’s choice, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631 or the Mayo Clinic-Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

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

mark on January 6th, 2019

SnyderVFORESTVILLE:  Virginia I. Snyder, 82, of King Road, Forestville, passed away Friday, January 4th, 2019 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  She was born in Silver Creek, on September 14, 1936, the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (Herrington) Smith.

Mrs. Snyder was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1954 and was a charter & life member of Little Valley VFW Post #8374, Ladies Auxiliary, former Cub Scout & Boy Scout Leader and a former member of Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, Silver Creek.  She enjoyed making crafts and crocheting.

Survivors include two daughters, Florence “Punky” Nichols, of Little Valley; Laura “Lu” Swan, of Forestville; two sons Harry Swan, of Randolph; Clifford Snyder, of Bemus Point; two sisters, Diane Tower, of Forestville; Doris Hahn, of Little Valley; and a brother, Ernest Smith, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren Kristin (Ben) Stoll, Melinda Nichols, Justin, Patrick & Tracey Swan, Samantha & Nicholas Snyder, 2 great grandchildren Owen & Carter Stoll and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband George C. Snyder, whom she married on May 1, 1971, in Salamanca, by infant siblings Shirley & John, a brother Larry Smith and sister Flora Mae Libby.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 3-5 & 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in East Randolph Cemetery.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on January 6th, 2019

ManningRFORESTVILLE: Roslyn C. Manning, 87, of Overhiser Road, Forestville, passed away Friday, January 4th, 2019.  She was born in Brant, on April 1, 1931, the daughter of the late George and Laura (White) Cook.

She was a graduate of Silver Creek Central School, Class of 1948 and worked as a Supervisor of Contract Health for the Seneca Nation of Indians Health Dept. for 25 years.  Mrs. Manning was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Silver Creek, Silver Chapter Order of Eastern Star Chapter #288, Native Elders Association and Seneca Hymn Singers.

Survivors include her husband Lester H. Manning, of Forestville, whom she married on January 14, 1950 in the First United Church, Silver Creek, six sons Larry (Cindy), David (Rebecca), John, Michael, Dennis (Daphne), Gregory, two daughters, Lou Anne and Carol and a sister, Betty Jean Jacobs.  Also surviving are nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a son Jeffrey Manning, two brothers Charles “Buddy” White, Ronald Cook, Sr. and by three sisters Doris Titus, Marlene Rubeck and Geraldine Greene.

A Memorial Service will be held from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 4 Lake Avenue, Silver Creek.  Date and Time to be announced.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Eastern Star Home & Campus, PO Box 959, Oriskany, NY 13424.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

mark on January 4th, 2019

FerryEFREDONIA:  Elinor L. Ferry, 92, a resident of the WCA Home, Temple Street, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville, passed away, Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Clymer, on October 10, 1926, the daughter of the late Walter and Florence (Beckerink) Martin.

Mrs. Ferry was a graduate of Forestville Central School, class of 1945 and was co-owner of the former Forestville Hardware, for 53 years (1955-2008).  She was a member of the former Forestville Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star, Forestville Chapter #247.  Mrs. Ferry was a former avid bowler and gardener.

Survivors include her husband Gern Ferry, Jr., of the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, whom she married on December 11, 1946, in the Forestville United Methodist Church Parsonage, a daughter, Linda  (Gregory ) Prechtl, of Fredonia; and two sons Ronald (Trish) Ferry, and Douglas Ferry, both of Forestville.  Also surviving are six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother Howard Martin.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 4-7 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials 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 January 2nd, 2019

 

FairbanksDFORESTVILLE:  Douglas L. Fairbanks, 77, of Putnam Road, Forestville, passed away Monday, December 31st, 2018, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born in Dunkirk, on October 6, 1941, the son of the late Arthur and Evelyn (Olrogge) Fairbanks.

Mr. Fairbanks attended Forestville Central School and was a lifelong resident of Arkwright, where he and his wife of 60 years, Linda (VanWormer) Fairbanks raised 6 children, owned a dairy farm, receiving the Quality Producers Award several times, and a maple syrup operation.

He was a member and on the board of The Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club, received the Elwin “Bub” Cross Award in 2011 for Outstanding Service, served on the Arkwright Town Board and was a member of the New York State Maple Producers Association.

Mr. Fairbanks was a devoted family man, who was famous for taking the scenic route aka “short cuts”, was an avid bowler, loved coon hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, truck, tractor & horse pulling.  He loved his horses and spent hours in the woods with them and giving wagon rides yearly at the Ride for Roswell and many local events, including New York State Maple Weekends.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Laurie (Steve) Mead, Kathie (Jeffrey) Dean, two sons Douglas Fairbanks, all of Forestville; Drew (Laura) Fairbanks, of San Diego, CA, son-in-law Mark Harvey of Cortland, sisters-in-law Bev Smith, Delores Fairbanks, brother-in-law Earl Congdon, nine grandchildren Brian and Cassandra Harvey, Brandon and Chelsea Mead, Dana and Karlie Meli-Wischman, Christina and Robert Dean and Katie Fairbanks, and eleven great grandchildren Kayne, Anya, Aubrielle, Emmett, Benny, Zoey, Lily, Sophie, Lexi, Chloe and Abbie.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews and their families.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son Bryon (4/18/1959-2/10/1962), a daughter Sherry Lynn Fairbanks-Harvey, (7/20/1961-3/5/2002), by siblings Bruce (Nancy) Fairbanks, Gary Fairbanks, Carl Smith and Sally Congdon.

Services are private and at the convenience of family. Interment will be in Cherry Creek Central Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date & time.

The family suggests memorials may be made to The Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club, 12404 Trevitt Road, Springville, NY 14141.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on December 8th, 2018

SmallW1SmallWIRVING:  Willis P. Small, 91, of Rts 5 & 20 Irving, died Friday, December 7th, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  He was born in the Town of Hanover on October 13, 1927, the son of the late Willis J. and Sara (Kinney) Small.

Mr. Small served in the U.S. Army during WW II.  He worked as a Welder Repair for the Ford Stamping Plant, Woodlawn, for 40 years and also owned & operated his own welding business.  Mr. Small enjoyed snowmobiling, traveling in a motorhome, riding his Harley Davidson, went to Ireland and loved his dogs “Max” & Noble”.

Survivors include three daughters, Paulette Barreca, of Sheridan; Patricia (Bob Wilcox) Small, of Titusville, FL; and Kathleen Small, of Bradford, MA.  Also surviving are two grandchildren Nicole Barreca & Jason (Jamie) Barreca, two great grandchildren Jacob & Sophia and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Olive R. (McClenathan) Small whom he married on October 16, 1948 in Irving and who died February 11, 2017, three brothers John, David & Robert Small and a sister “Betty” Raczka.

Services are private and at the convenience of family.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Sunset Bay Fire Dept., 12798 Allegany Road, Sunset Bay Irving, NY 14081.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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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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