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.

 

mark on March 28th, 2018

SOUTH DAYTON:  Kenneth R. Mosher, 80, of Cottage Road South Dayton, and Indian Lake Estates, FL, died suddenly Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at Lake Wales Medical Center, Lake Wales, FL.  He was born in Gowanda, on January 8, 1938, the son of the late Ralph K. and Zoe (Austin) Mosher.

Mr. Mosher was a graduate of Pine Valley Central School and a graduate of Michigan State University with an Agricultural Business Degree.  He was the retired President of Harry Austin Milling, Inc. South Dayton, for 56 years.  Mr. Mosher was an active member with the Collins Draft Horse Club and the American Haflinger’s Association.  He loved being in Florida, spending time with his horses, golfing and racing with his golf cart.

Survivors include his wife Barbara L. (Miller) Mosher of South Dayton and Indian Lake Estates, FL, whom he married on August 27, 1960, in Cattaraugus, two sons Michael Mosher, of Thousand Oaks, CA; Mark (Anita) Mosher, of Conewango Valley; a daughter, Karla (Scott) Gilbert, of Medina, OH; four sisters, Kendrick Madison, of NY; Kerneith Blakely, of Hot Springs Valley, AR; Lynn Mosher, of North Port, FL; Mary (Mike) Sanders, of Center Ridge, AR.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a daughter Kazan Mosher.

Mr. Mosher’s last wagon ride will be on Saturday June 9, 2018, leaving his residence at 1:30 pm for Villenova Cemetery, where a graveside service will be conducted.   A Celebration of Life will be held from the South Dayton United Methodist Church, Pine Street, South Dayton on Sunday June 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm, with Pastor Carol Dill, officiating.  A reception will follow at the South Dayton Hotel.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the American Haflinger Fund, 2031 Fixler Road, Medina, OH 44256.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 28th, 2018

FREDONIA:  Eva Miazgiewicz, 78, of Matteson Street, Fredonia, died Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital.  She was born in Poland on May 12, 1939, the daughter of the late Alfred and Rozyna (Shuller) Miazgiewicz.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 10-11 am, from where Funeral Services will be held at 11 o’clock.  Private Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dunkirk.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on March 6th, 2018

GerrityWSILVER CREEK:  William John Gerrity, 77, of Pennsylvania Ave., Silver Creek, died suddenly, Monday, March 5th, 2018 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.  He was born in Scranton, PA on January 25, 1941, the son of the late William Joseph and Eleanor (Melvin) Gerrity.

Mr. Gerrity was a graduate of Lake Shore Central School and served in the U.S. Navy.  He worked as a Systems Analyst for the former Grumman Aerospace, Bethpage, Long Island, for 20 years.  Mr. Gerrity at one time, worked for NASA on some of the Apollo Missions, was a co-founder of the former Froggernet, in Silver Creek and was an ordained minister.

He was a former longtime Boy Scout Leader, a former member of Kiwanis and a member of Walthers Model Railroading Club.  Mr. Gerrity enjoyed photography, computers, cooking, trains & railroads, archery, outdoor recreation, engineering as was an avid music enthusiast.  He was a perpetual learner.

Survivors include a daughter, Grace (Gary Hemphill) Gerrity, of Forestville; two sons William (Donna) Gerrity, of East Patchogue, NY; Patrick Gerrity, of Atlanta, GA;  and two sisters, Mary Ellen (Robert) Gabor, of Buffalo; Kathy (Jim) Chalupka, of Orchard Park.  Also surviving is 1 grandson Garrison Hemphill.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Anne N. (Sack) Gerrity, whom he married on July 3, 1965, in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Silver Creek and who died March 11, 2011.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 3-6 PM, from where a Celebration of Life will follow 6 o’clock, with Rev. James Witherington, Jr. officiating.  Private Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Dunkirk Fredonia Meals on Wheels, 200 Lake Shore Drive West, Suite 3, Dunkirk, NY 14048 or to the Sheridan Fire Department, PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

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mark on February 24th, 2018

GravesJ DUNKIRK:  Judy M. Graves, 72, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, died Monday, February 19th, 2018 at her residence, following a lengthy illness.  She was born in Silver Creek, on August 10, 1945, the daughter of the late Edwin H. and Grace M. (Hanville) Griewsich.

She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1963 and retired as Department Manager for TOPS Markets, Dunkirk after 20 years.  Mrs. Graves was a former member of Forestville United Methodist Church, a former Girl Scout Leader, Cheerleading Advisor and member of T.O.P.S.

Survivors include her husband Robert A. Graves, of Dunkirk, whom she married on April 24, 1984, three daughters, Susan (Joseph) Michaelis, of Scottsdale, AZ; Lisa (Joel) Green, of Fredonia; Amy Grant, of Fredonia; a “son”, Keith (Kim) Mages, of Fredonia; and a brother, Theodore (Dolores) Griewisch, of Dunkirk. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren Erin (Mario) Medina, Jacob & Lucas Green, Lane Grant, Nicholas, Nathan, Nolan & Kameron Mages, great grandson Noah Medina and several nieces & nephews.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 21st at 11 o’clock in the Forestville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made either to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhoome.com.