mark on March 22nd, 2019

McBrideWESTFIELD:  Jean M. McBride, 94, a resident of Absolut Care of Westfield, formerly of Silver Creek, passed away Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at her residence.  She was born in Perry, NY on November 10, 1924, the daughter of the late Joseph and Charlotte (Harris) Hollister.

Mrs. McBride was a graduate of Perry High School.  At one time, Mrs. McBride modeled clothing for Fisher Price & LL Berger in NYC.  She loved animals, walking and enjoyed having conversations with people.

Surviving are two sons Lloyd McBride, of Canada; and Dennis (Karyn) McBride, of Silver Creek. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Meryl McBride, whom she married on October 26, 1946, in Warsaw, NY.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 E. Chestnut Street Dunkirk, NY 14048.

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

 

mark on March 21st, 2019

GriffithRDUNKIRK:  Richard J. Griffith, Sr., 78, of Ruggles Street, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, passed away Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, following a short illness, at UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.  He was born in Silver Creek, on November 28, 1940, the son of the late Edward and Mary (Christopher) Griffith, Sr.

He worked as an Inside Salesman for the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel, Dunkirk, for 30 years.  Mr. Griffith was a member of the First Ward Falcons Club, Dunkirk Moose Lodge #89, Kosciuszko Club, Moniuszko Club and the Dom Polski Club, all of Dunkirk.  He was an avid Bills Fan.

Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda (Craig) LaCorata, of Ft. Mill, SC; Monica (John) Rehm, of Lake Wylie, SC; and a son, Richard J. (Elizabeth) Griffith, Jr., of Fredonia.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his stepfather Joseph Suski, his wife Frances S. (Waligora) Griffith and brother Edward Griffith, Jr.

Services will be private and at the convenience of family.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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WilkeyCSOUTH DAYTON:  Claudia J. Wilkey, 64, of First Street, South Dayton, passed away Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at her residence. She was born in Dunkirk, on February 11, 1955, the daughter of the late Arthur and Betty (Congdon) Till.

Claudia was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1973 and a graduate of Jamestown Business College, as a Medical Secretary in 1975.  She worked as a Treasurer for the Village of South Dayton, for 25 years and also worked as a cashier for South Dayton Supermarket.  Claudia loved auto racing, sewing & crafts.

Survivors include a son, Timothy (Kerri) Wilkey, of South Dayton; a daughter, Stacey (Patrick) Woolsey, of Freeland, WA; and a sister, Beth Till, of Fredonia. Also surviving are two grandchildren Dakota & Charlotte Wilkey and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister Terry Fijal.

Friends are welcome to call at 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. Carol Dill, pastor of the South Dayton United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to the South Dayton Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 88, South Dayton, NY 14138 or to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

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CervantesTFREDONIA:  Todd M. Cervantes, 42, of Straight Road, Fredonia, died Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at his residence, following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Dunkirk, on September 15, 1976, the son of Ralph G. Cervantes, of Forestville and the late Sharon L. (Stroka) Cervantes, who died October 29, 2017.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1994 and a graduate of Jamestown Business College in February 2017 with an Associates in Applied Science.  Mr. Cervantes worked as a Warehouse Clerk for the former Carriage House, Fredonia, for 10 years.  He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers & Penguins fan, enjoyed reading and was a Bass Player for many local bands.  His favorite bands were “Iron Maiden” & “Rush”.

Survivors include his wife Tracy A. (Horton) Cervantes of Fredonia, whom he married on October 12, 2013, two sons Brandon and Nicholas Barrus, living at home, a brother, Cuyler (Kim) Cervantes, of Saginaw, MI; two sisters, Tammy (Stephen) Hall, of Jefferson, GA; and Kathy (Michael) Ferneza, of Forestville.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his mother he was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Ernest & June Gostomski and his paternal grandparents Pedro & Isabel Cervantes.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Forestville Cemetery Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on February 19th, 2019

GouldDDUNKIRK:  Donald D. Gould, 67, of West Lucas Avenue, Dunkirk, died Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at UPMC Hamot , Erie, PA following a short illness.  He was born in Gowanda, on November 27, 1951, the son of the late Donald F. and Elma (Hardy) Gould.

Mr. Gould worked as a Forklift Operator for the former Carriage House, Fredonia, for 33 years, retiring in 2014.  He was an active participant at Christ Community Church, Fredonia, enjoyed the outdoors, loved riding motorcycle and enjoyed entertaining friends.

Survivors include his wife Deborah M. (Miller) Gould of Dunkirk, whom he married on April 3, 1971, in the Forestville Baptist Church, a son, David (Joanna) Gould, Sr., of Fredonia; and a brother, Dennis (Cathy) Gould, of Forestville.  He was “Loving Pops” of David Gould, Jr., and son in law of Robert & Arlene Miller of Forestville.  Also surviving are other family members and numerous friends.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son D.R. Gould.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 23rd at 11 o’clock from Christ Community Church, 219 Berry Road, Fredonia.  The family suggests memorials may be made to Christ Community Church, 219 Berry Road, Fredonia, NY 14063.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on January 18th, 2019

BowkerRDUNKIRK:  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, three great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren 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.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 8th, from 1-4pm at the J. Carter Knapp American Legion, Cedar Street, Forestville, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, officiating.  A Military Service will be conducted at 2 o’clock by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion and the County Color Guard.  Private Interment will be in Forestville Cemetery.

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 with Rev. Rami Al Maqdasi, officiating.

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.

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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.

 

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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 Saturday morning, June 15, 2019, at 11 o’clock, from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 4 Lake Avenue, Silver Creek.

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.