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Obituary Notice- Marilyn G. Will

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FORESTVILLE:  Marilyn G. Will, 84, of Gibbs Road, Forestville, died Tuesday, July 31st, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA.  She was born in Dunkirk, on April 22, 1928, the daughter of the late Gerald and Ruth (Oehser) Cooley.

She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1945 and graduated from Bryant & Stratton in 1946.  Mrs. Will worked in Buffalo for 3 years, then worked for the Baptist Bible College in Johnson City, NY and worked for the Forestville Elementary School as a Lunch Monitor for a period of time.  She was a member of Forestville Baptist Church, where she was an organist for over 30 years and volunteered as Secretary for the former Forestville Christian Academy.  Mrs. Will also assisted her husband G. Ronald Will, whom she married on August 18, 1951 in the Forestville Baptist Church, with the Dairy & Grape Farm on Gibbs Road, Forestville.

Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Brenda (Gary) Stutzman, of Berlin, OH, Linda Will, of Forestville, four sons Randy (Dianna) Will, of Forestville; Dennis (Pamela) Will, of Griggsville, IL, Alan (Linda) Will and Brian (Patricia) Will, of both of Forestville. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren & 6 great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by 2 brothers Norman & Edward Cooley.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm and on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock from the Forestville Baptist Church, Prospect Street, Forestville, with Rev. Dennis Will, son of the deceased and Rev. Michael Stitzel, pastor of the Forestville Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Forestville Baptist Church, PO Box 67, Forestville, NY 14062 or to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to



  • Elaine Foster
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I have such fond memories of Mrs. Will playing the organ at church when I was a child. They were a great family that truly sought to serve their Lord. I know she will be very much missed, but is surely rejoicing in Heaven.
    Love and Prayers- Elaine Rider Foster

  • Elaine Rider Foster
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I have many fond memories of Mrs. Will playing the organ at church. She was a woman who loved God and her family. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Sandy Houck
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    It was not long ago that I was wondering if Mrs. Will was still alive. Time goes by so fast. I wanted to share with her about how she was so influential with my faith journey. My mom passed away when I was 6 and my Aunt Flora Houck took me to the Forestville Baptist Church. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Mrs. Will was my Sunday School teacher. This seems to be what I recall. I am now a certified lay minister with the United Methodist Church. I just wanted to thank her for planting the seeds ! I know she is happy to be with her Lord and Savior ! I can hear her playing the organ !

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