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 at a later date.  Time and place to be announced.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family 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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mark on April 24th, 2018

HowardIGOWANDA:  Inez C. Howard, 92, a resident of Gowanda Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Gowanda, formerly of Dye Road, Forestville, died Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at her residence. She was born in South Dayton, on April 8, 1926, the daughter of the late Claude and Myrtle (Crowell) Congdon.

Mrs. Howard was a graduate of the former South Dayton High School, Class of 1943.  She worked as a Dietary Aide for the former JN Adam Developmental Center, Perrysburg, for 16 years and she co-owned & operated the family dairy & beef farm on Dye Road.  Mrs. Howard was a former member of TOPS Chapter #848, South Dayton and she enjoyed knitting, crocheting and her grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda (Howard) Eaton, of Cattaraugus; three sons Kenneth (Nancy) Howard, of Forestville; Arthur (Roberta) Howard, of Silver Creek; Robert Howard, of Forestville; five sisters, Audrey Congdon, of East Aurora; Helen Lindberg, of Rochester; Marion Sticek, of Silver Creek; Doris Welch, of Silver Creek; Trish Weinaug, of Gowanda; and a brother, Bruce (Beverly) Congdon, of Alexander, NC. Also surviving are a sister-in-law Mary Congdon of Irving, 11 grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren, 3 great-great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Donald N. Howard, whom she married on December 15, 1944 in the Forestville Baptist Parsonage and who died September 2, 2005, 4 sisters Ruth Harley, Betty Till, Maude Abbey, Minnie Kelley, 3 brothers Earl “Hoot” Congdon, Curtis Congdon, Edgar “Pat” Congdon and a brother-in-law James Weinaug.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. Timothy Klahn of the Otto Lutheran Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery, South Dayton.

The family suggests memorials be made either to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631 or to the Blind Association of WNY, 1160 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209.

To send condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on April 22nd, 2018

BurekTFREDONIA:  Thomas E. Burek, 71, of Castile Drive, Fredonia, formerly of Forestville, died Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at Post Acute Medical Center, New Braunfels, TX.  He was born in Gowanda on July 27, 1946, the son of the late Stanley G. and Ella C. (Kulpa) Burek.

Mr. Burek was a graduate of the former Cardinal Mindzenty High School, Class of 1964.  He worked as an assembler for the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn, for 25 years, retiring in 1989.  Mr. Burek was a member of UAW local #897, a member of St. Rose of Lima & the former St. John Bosco RC Churches, a lifetime member of the First Ward Falcon Club, Dunkirk and a former member of the Forestville Fire Department.  He was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include a daughter, Jill (William) Michalski, of Fredonia; a son Todd (Carolyn) Burek, of San Antonio, TX; and two brothers, John (Pamela) Burke, of Akron, NY; Daniel Burek, of Seguin, TX.  Also surviving are Joanne Burek of Forestville, grandchildren Mackenzie & Nicholas Michalski and Matthew, Luke, Samuel & Emma Burek and several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Carol Mason.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, Center Street, Forestville, on Wednesday at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Joseph D. Porpiglia of St. Joseph’s Church, Gowanda, officiating.  PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.  Interment will follow in the Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the St. Rose Society, c/o Pat Johnson, 1352 Stebbins Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To send condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on April 21st, 2018

AgnelloJFREDONIA:  Jeffrey Mathew Agnello, 55, of Matteson Street, Fredonia, formerly of St. Rita’s Home for Children, JN Adam Developmental Center and the Temple Street Group Home, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at his residence.  He was born in Niagara Falls, NY on May 23, 1962, the son of the late Joseph C. and Lauretta M. (Serchia) Agnello.

Jeffrey lead a full life filled with people who loved and cared for him.  He enjoyed music, singing, community outings and all of his friends at Matteson Street and The Resource Center.  Jeffrey was active in both the Special Olympics and Laurel’s Run.  His family would like to especially thank his “family” and friends at Matteson Street, The Resource Center and HOSPICE, who cared for him daily and loved him dearly.

Survivors include three sisters, Patricia (Kevin) Gabreski, of Slippery Rock, PA; Joa (Julian) Traista, of Worthington, MA; Christine (Anthony) Bivona, of West Hartford, CT; two brothers, Joseph (Sharon) Agnello, of Wallingford, CT; David (Suzanne) Agnello, of Medfield, MA.  Also surviving are nieces & nephews Meaghan (Steve) Regal and Erica Gabreski, Marissa and Jenna Bivona, Matthew, Ethan, Jordan and Liana Agnello.

Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 10 o’clock from Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church, 39 Matteson Street, Fredonia.  Committal Services will be held at 2 o’clock in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 3806 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY.  The family requests memorial donations be made to either the Special Olympics Western New York, 2801 Wehrle Drive, Suite 12, Williamsville, NY 14221 or to the website- http://specialolympics-ny.org/western.

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

mark on April 7th, 2018

SkellyRoDUNKIRK:  Ronald S.  Skelly, 80, of Main Street, Dunkirk, died Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Gowanda, on May 10, 1937, the son of the late Samuel P. and Helen (Hafner) Skelly.

Mr. Skelly attended the former Markhams School House in 1946 and worked as a Maintenance Man for the former Red Wing Company, Fredonia, for 20 years.  Mr. Skelly also at one time worked for the former Village of Forestville in the Streets & Water Department.  He was a “handyman” who donated a lot of time to rebuild the inside of the Westfield Fire Hall and did work for anyone who asked him.  Mr. Skelly was also a former member of the Forestville Fire Department.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherrie Fisher, of Jamestown; four sons Tim (Debbie) Skelly, of Fredonia; Ronald (Michele) Skelly, of Dansville; Edward (Becky) Skelly, of Dunkirk; John (Amanda) Skelly, of Dunkirk; step daughter, Rachel Benn, of Buffalo; step son Roger (Lisa) Benn, of Schnectady, NY; one sister, Betty Rizzo, of Silver Creek; and a brother, Charles Skelly, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 17 Grandchildren, 3 Step Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his 1st wife Alice (Jacobs) Skelly, his 2nd wife Rhonda (Kleinschmidt) Skelly, whom he married May 28, 1995 and who died April 17, 2007, a grandson Jacob Skelly, 2 sisters Janet Pilon and Ruth Ann Southwick and a brother Donald Skelly.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 28th at 11 o’clock from the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, with Rev. Grace Warren, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek.

Memorials may be made to the family, %Edward Skelly, 728 Main Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

mark on April 7th, 2018

SchichtelSBROCTON:  Sally M. Schichtel, 83, of Central Avenue, Brocton, formerly of South Dayton, passed away Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at her residence.  She was born in Westfield, on November 24, 1934, the daughter of the late Chauncey and Grace Morey Wilson.

Mrs. Schichtel co-owned the former Erie Landscaping Services, South Dayton, for 38 years.  She also worked for the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center, Helmuth for 10 years.  Mrs. Schichtel enjoyed knitting, traveling, family functions and enjoyed living with the friendly people in the Herbert Star Apartments, Brocton.

Survivors include two sons DeWayne R. (Cathy) Jones, of Angola; Paul L. (Paula) Jones, of Union, KY; two daughters, Lisa (Mark) Marino, of Newport, NC; Tammy (Richard) Halstrom, of Forestville; and a sister, Phedora Kraft, of Laurel, DE. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her 1st husband Wayne Butcher Jones, her 2nd husband Fred Schichtel who died July 25, 2000, by an infant son Bruce Jones, 2 brothers Fred and Paul Wilson.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 4 o’clock from the Pillar of Fire Fellowship, 221 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, with Rev. Richard Halstrom, son-in-law of the deceased, officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Burnham Hollow Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA, 02241-7005.

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