mark on September 15th, 2018

SealanderDFORESTVILLE:  Denise Marie Sealander, 48, of Kuhrt Road, Forestville, formerly of Laona, passed away Monday, September 10th, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville.  She was born in Dunkirk, on September 30, 1969, the daughter of Mary C. (Stafford) Sealander, of Forestville and the late Karl G. Sealander, Sr.

Denise was a graduate of Fredonia Central School, Class of 1987.  She worked as a Bartender at Dunkirk VFW Post #1017, Dunkirk, for 5 years and previously worked as a cook & bartender for Sheridan VFW Post #6390, then as a bartender for American Legion Post #59, Fredonia for 14 years.  Denise was a member of the Sheridan VFW Auxiliary for 13 years, where she had served as a past president, a past member of the Chautauqua County VFW Auxiliary, where she served as president from 2010-2011, a member of the Beaver Club, Fredonia and the Dom Polski Club, Dunkirk.

She loved camping, going for walks, loved pets & her cats, especially “Moe” and became a friend of everyone she met.  Denise was a great mother influence to many of her friends children, who all called her “Aunt Denise”.

Surviving besides her mother are a brother, Karl G. Sealander, Jr., of Forestville, two Aunts Michele Damon and Deidre Moore and friends Ina Merino of Rochester and Rhonda Daminski of Dunkirk.  Besides her father she was predeceased by a brother Timothy Sealander.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Time and place to be announced. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Laona Cemetery, Fredonia.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the VA WNY Healthcare System %Volunteer Service, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215 or to the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Rt. 20, Sheridan, NY 14135.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to

mark on September 15th, 2018

WintonESINCLAIRVILLE:  Elaine Wickstrom Winton, 81, of Towerville Road, Sinclairville, NY, and David Street, Iverness, FL, transitioned to her eternal resting place at her home in the early and quiet hours of Friday, September 14th, 2018.  She was cared for during her final journey by her hreatly loved youngest son and devoted companion, Scott, with support from other family members, Lake Erie Home Dialysis and Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care.

She was born in Jamestown, NY on September 3, 1937, oldest child of Elmer and Violet (Frederes) Wickstrom.  She graduated from Falconer Central School, Class of 1955 and married her husband of 45 years, the late Archie Winton, on September 3, 1955 at the Levant Wesleyan Church.

As a young woman, Elaine was an accomplished skater, swimmer and bowler and enjoyed a number of other athletic activities.  Both her paternal and maternal grandparents were dairy farmers, so it was natural for her to marry a dairy farmer.  She was proud of her Swedish roots and spoke fondly and often of Swedish customs learned from her paternal grandparents who immigrated from Sweden.

Elaine and her husband were owners and operators of the multi-generational dairy farm, Arlaine Farms, in Sinclairville.  In addition to being an active partner in the family farm, she was also a homemaker, devoted mother to her four sons, grandchildren and a community volunteer.  She was active in the South Stockton Church of God (now the Wayside Chapel), Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, Cassadaga Valley Parents Teachers Association, Ross Mills Cemetery Association and March of Dimes.  She was a long-time leader of the former Towerville Tornadoes 4-H Club.

Elaine and Archie enjoyed being snowbirds at their winter home in Florida, and she was active in a number of religious and civic organizations there including working as a volunteer in the nursery of the Hernando Church of the Nazarene Church.  After her husband’s death in 2000, she continued to lead an active life in Florida over the winter months, thanks to the love and companionship of her friends there.  In fact, she spent the winter of 2018 in Florida and only became ill upon returning back to New York in May of this year.

She loved all children, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was always present at all of their events and competitions, including sporting events, 4-H and livestock competitions and musical events.  She was a fixture at the Chautauqua County Fair and for more than three generations, she could be seen ringside at various dairy and livestock competitions, cheering on the young people and keeping track of the show results.

Her family and friends appreciated her daily sense of gratitude for everything in her life, her intense kindness and loyalty, her trademark humility and unparalleled sense of commitment and compassion.  Her faith in God was at the center of her life and was a driving force throughout her life, including the final days.  She always had a kind and gentle word of support and encouragement for everyone she met.  She ended every conversation, whether it be on the phone or in person with a simple but powerful, “I love you.”

Elaine had an angelic singing voice and the most beautiful handwriting.

Surviving are her four sons Jeff (Jim Modica) Winton, of Chicago, Boston & Mayville; Monty (Debbie) Winton, Todd Winton, and Scott Winton, all of Sinclairville.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Todd (Missy) Winton, Jr., Brian (Sarah) Winton, Felicia Winton, Melissa (Tyler) Griswold, Jason (Ashley) Winton, Emily Winton, Abbey Carnes & Jacob Beebe and great grandchildren Brooke & Brenden Winton, Lance & Madison Griswold, Paige & Wyatt Winton, Sydney Winton & Ethan Willebrandt and Evelyn & Colten Winton.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her greatly loved and missed grandson, Brooks, who died in 2012, by her husband Archie, who died in 2000 and her brother Dennis Wickstrom, who died in 2003.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-6 PM.  Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from Park Church, Cassadaga Campus (former Cassadaga Baptist Church Building), 25 Maple Avenue, Cassadaga, NY, with Pastor Joe Osborne, of the north Harmony United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Red Bird Cemetery, Route 380, Sinclairville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Chautauqua County Cooperative Extension 4-H Dairy Project, Attn: Kate Ewer 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.  To post condolences go to

Above all else, the family requests that ongoing, generous acts of kindness be extended to others in her memory.  Please also let those you love know how you feel each and every day.  This is how she lived her life and how she expected others to live.


mark on September 7th, 2018

CongdonSFORESTVILLE:  On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Sally Jane (Fairbanks) Congdon, age 79, of Forestville, with her children by her side, went to Heaven to be with the good Lord, family, friends, and pets who have gone before her.

Art and Evelyn (Olrogg) Fairbanks began their family with the birth of their daughter Sally Jane on September 1,1939.  She grew up on a dairy farm in Arkwright with her brothers Doug, Bruce, Gary and Carl.  Sally loved the country living and after spending any amount of time in the city, she would say, “Let’s get back to the hills.”

She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1957.  She had many fond memories of her school years including, earning the privilege of ringing the bell, being selected by her classmates to be the senior prom queen and her many good friends.

The following year, she began a 60 year marriage to Earl D. Congdon. They were stationed at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.  Following his service in the Air Force, they returned to Forestville to start their family.

Sally worked various jobs outside the home when necessary, but she felt that it was important to be home for her kids while they were growing up.  She was a devoted mother who worked very hard to make her children’s lives pleasant.

Most important of all to Sally was family.  Her children, Duke (Michelle) and Melissa “Missy” (Jon Longenecker), were unquestionably the most near and dear to her heart.  “I live for my kids.”  She also adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Amanda (Mike) Goebel and their daughter Adeline, Kevin (Megan) Congdon and their children Jacob, Henry & Alice, Nick (Maddie) Congdon, and James Congdon.

While Sally was a strong woman with a stubborn streak, she was also very compassionate, had a kind heart, a gentle touch, and always put others’ needs before her own.  She loved to go polka and square dancing with her cousin Pat.  Sally had a passion for flowers, trees, and wildlife.  She enjoyed sitting on her porch watching the birds.  Sally also enjoyed playing piano, sewing, yard sales, and collecting antiques.  All of her pets held a very special place in her heart.  Her peanut doughnut-loving pit bull “Miss Muffett” and Sally were nearly inseparable.

In addition to her husband, children, grandchildren & great grandchildren, she is survived by her brother, Doug (Linda) Fairbanks, sisters-in-law Dolores Fairbanks and Bev Smith, several nieces & nephews and friends.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by brothers Gary and Bruce (his wife Nancy) Fairbanks and Carl Smith.

“Thank you with all of my heart for being my teacher, my protector, my friend, and my mother.  Your work here is done.  The time has come for you to rest, relax, and have fun.  No more pain, no more worries, no more loneliness.  Until we meet again…see ya’, love ya’, be safe, good night.  Mitt.”

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Cherry Creek Central Cemetery.

Donations in Sally’s memory may be made to either Lakeshore Humane Society (Spay/Neuter Program), 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to


mark on September 4th, 2018

FORESTVILLE:  Genevieve P.M. Mierzwa, of Lodi Street, Forestville, passed away Saturday, September 1st, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  She was born at home in the Town of Hanover, on September 1, 2018 and was the infant daughter of Daren and Jessica Mierzwa, of Forestville.

Survivors include two sisters, Emma and Lillian Mierzwa and a brother, Trevor Mierzwa, all of Forestville.

There will be no visitation observed.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, with Rev. Michael Anderson, pastor of Family Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Family Church, 213 Pine Street, South Dayton, NY 14138 or to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.

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mark on August 31st, 2018

CrossDSILVER CREEK:  Diane E. Cross, 75, of Buffalo Street, Silver Creek, passed away Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at home surrounded by loved ones.  She was born in Buffalo, on May 2, 1943, the daughter of the late Frank and Florence (Pyre) Dunshie.

Diane lived a full and active life surrounded by her beloved family and friends she made along the way.  She loved to travel with her husband Ron; they spent many winters in Gulf Shores, Alabama, enjoying the local life and could be found visiting the casinos and Flora-Bama frequently.  Ron and Diane went out every Saturday night to listen to local music and go dancing for their weekly date nights.  They also frequently visited Chautauqua Health & Fitness; She enjoyed the community of people that were in her Silver Sneakers class and spoke fondly of them often.

Diane could usually be found tending to her beautiful garden and it brought her so much joy to see it all come together year after year; she loved to talk about her garden and show off her favorite flowers.  Diane was also a longtime season subscriber to Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo and always loved to see a good show; she also often traveled to New York City and Toronto to see shows.  Diane spent her working years babysitting and could often be found with a baby on her hip; we feel so lucky that so many people were lucky enough to know and love our Nani.

More than anything, Diane loved her family unconditionally and has created so many beautiful and fun memories, whether it be going on fun-filled trips with her family or going with her grandchildren to a concert or a show.  She was always bragging about her family to anyone with a listening ear and was so proud of all that they have done. She even saved every card she received and every newspaper clipping that included a family member.

Diane has taught us all so much. Highlights include organizing your cans by type and with the label facing out, how to properly space your flowers when planting your garden, teaching us all about the stock market, how to properly balance a checkbook, Fridays are for washing sheets, you should make your bed daily – and don’t forget the hospital corners.  While she taught us so many lessons, we are still working on some, like folding a fitted sheet, making her delicious tuna macaroni salad, or crimping a pie crust properly.  The most important lesson she taught us all was how to love your people deeply and that family is the most important thing and should be treasured.  She made sure we felt loved every day of our lives and we are so lucky to have had her love for all of these years.

Survivors include her loving husband and soulmate Ronald N. Cross of Silver Creek, whom she married January 22, 1966, in Silver Creek, three daughters, Valerie (Phil) Swiatkowski, Melanie (Dale) Austin, Amy (Kern) Mullen, all of Silver Creek;  and a brother, Douglas Dunshie, of Farnham.  Also surviving are five cherished grandchildren Alicia Wroblewski, Emily (Max) DeNisco, Jacob, Kyle & Grace Mullen and three adored great-grandchildren Lillian, Owen and Abigail DeNisco.  At Diane’s request, there will be no services observed.  Instead, her immediate family will be celebrating her life with a fancy dinner out.  The family would like to thank the staff of the following organizations & request that memorials be sent to them, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631, Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or 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 To our beautiful, beloved Nani:  We miss you more than words can describe and we love you lots.


mark on August 30th, 2018

PERRYSBURG:  Margaret Villafranca, 64, of Main Street, Perrysburg, passed away Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at her residence.  She was born in Buffalo, on July 9, 1954, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah (Villardo) Villafranca, Sr.

Survivors include a sister, Anna Villafranca four brothers, Frank Villafranca, Joseph Villafranca, Jr., Charles Villafranca and Samuel Villafranca.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother Daniel Villafranca.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 10-11 o’clock from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock.  Private Interment will be Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

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mark on August 28th, 2018

 CookCSILVER CREEK:  Carl E. Cook, 68, of Hanford Road, Silver Creek, died peacefully, August 27th, 2018 at his home, with his family & friends by his side.   He was born in Oil City, PA on December 9, 1949, the son of the late Weaner and Mary (Slater) Cook.

Mr. Cook was a graduate of Titusville High School, Class of 1968 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, receiving the Bronze Star.

He worked as a Blocker for New Era Cap, Derby and at one time owned his own Auto Garage in Buffalo.  Mr. Cook was a member of the NRA, SCOPE & Harley Davidson.  He enjoyed working on cars, woodworking, painting & doing property maintenance.

Survivors include his wife Debra L. (Dean) Cook, of Silver Creek, whom he married August 22, 1981, in Buffalo, two sons Wayne (Jenn) Brady, of Tionesta, PA; Carl “CJ” Cook, Jr., five sisters, Mary Jane Dittman, of Emlenton, PA; Karen (Joe) Ohl, Ethel (Robert) Macormac, both of Titusville, PA; Esther Seeley, of Meadville, PA; Anna Mae Rogers and a brother, Dale (Susan) Cook, of Centerville, PA.  Also surviving are 3 grandchildren Austin, Angel & Harley Brady.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Laura Cook and brother Weaner Cook, Jr.

There will be no prior visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the family for medical expenses or to Hanover Hose Co. #1, % Steve Peters, 11919 Hanover Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136. To post condolences go to



mark on August 26th, 2018

PerrySSmith Mills:  Sylvia M. Perry, 82, of Hanover Road, Smith Mills, passed away Thursday, August 23rd, 2018, following a brief illness.  She was born in Buffalo, on December 28, 1935, the daughter of the late Walter J. and Genevieve (Stezney) Bogdan, Sr.

Mrs. Perry attended Orchard Park High School and was the owner of the former Perry Village Ceramics in Angola, for 5 years.  She was a member of the Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association and enjoyed her great grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Lindy Perry, Toni (George) Ortolano, Julie Kohler, a son, Larry W. (Jennifer) Perry and a brother, Vincent Bogdan.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, David (Chelse) Perry, John (Jamie) Kohler, Michael W. Perry, Stephanie Perry, 2 great grandsons Roan and Rorick Kohler and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Larry “Hap” Perry, whom she married on October 9, 1954 in Orchard Park and who died March 19, 2018, by a daughter Debra Ann Perry and by 2 brothers Walter J. Bogdan, Jr. and Richard Bogdan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for both “Hap” & Sylvia Perry on Saturday morning (Sept. 1st) at 10 o’clock, from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Central Avenue, Silver Creek, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, officiating.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home Forestville.  To post condolences go to



mark on August 11th, 2018

KaminskiWFORESTVILLE:  William “Bill” P. Kaminski, 53, of Lodi Street, Forestville, died Wednesday, August 8th, 2018, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville.  He was born in Buffalo, on November 30, 1964, the son of Erika (Breitenbrucher) Kaminski, of Forestville and the late Stefan Kaminski.

Mr. Kaminski was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1982, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Edinboro University and his Master’s Degree from Fredonia State University in History.  He worked as a Direct Support Assistant for WNYDDSO, Forestville.

He enjoyed spending time with his children, was an avid writer, enjoyed music, reading, doing artwork and being outside.

Survivors include a daughter, Allison Kaminski, a son, Gavin Kaminski, and their mother Karen Kaminski all of Forestville; a sister, Christina (Thomas) DeGolier, of Forestville; six brothers, Steven (Karen) Kaminski, of Springville; Walter (Becky) Kaminski, and Eric (Lisa) Kaminski, both of Forestville; Marian Kaminski, of North Collins; Carl (Colleen) Kaminski, of Dunkirk; and Michael (William) Kaminski, of Quincy, IL. Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides his father he was predeceased by infant twin brothers Yanik & Vladick Kaminski.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning, August 18th at 11 o’clock from the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to His children’s college fund %Karen Kaminski, 31 Pearl Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or Forestville Fire Department Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.

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

mark on August 11th, 2018

SchrantzDGREAT VALLEY:  Daniel R. Schrantz, 69, of Eagle Forest Road, Great Valley, passed away Monday, August 6th, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Dunkirk, on March 18, 1949, the son of the late Richard L. and Jacqueline (Miller) Schrantz.

Mr. Schrantz was a graduate of the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School, Dunkirk, Class of 1967, a graduate of Fredonia State University and receive his Master’s Degree from Michigan State University.

He worked as an Economics Professor for Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, for 20 years.  Mr. Schrantz also previously worked for Fredonia State University as an Adjunct Professor.  He enjoyed white water rafting, building houses, hunting with family and gardening.

Survivors include a daughter, Chantel Perez, of Williamsville and a brother, Richard (Theresa) Schrantz, of Fredonia.  Also surviving are his girlfriend Colleen Savage of Buffalo, a nephew, two great nieces, a great nephew and several aunts & uncles.

Services are private and at the convenience of family. A Celebration of Life will be held for friends at a later date.  Time & placed to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fredonia College Foundation (memo Schrantz on check), 272 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to