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Obituary Notice- Nelson R. Meadows

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MeadowsNFORESTVILLE:  Nelson R. Meadows, 84, of Rt. 39, Forestville, died Thursday, February 5th, 2015, at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  He was born in the Town of Arkwright, on April 13, 1930, the son of the late Walter W. and Emma (Watrous) Meadows.

He was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1948 and a graduate of Alfred State College with an Associates Degree in Diesel Mechanics.  Mr. Meadows served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and received the Combat Action Ribbon in 2000.  He worked as a Welder Repairman for the Ford Stamping Plant, Woodlawn, for 35 years, retiring in 1989.  Mr. Meadows was a 60 year member & Past Commander of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville, Life member & Past Commander of Sheridan VFW Post #6390, member of Sheridan United Methodist Church, where he was member & past Treasurer of the Men’s Club for many years, member of Darwin’s Health Club, Fredonia and the National Wildlife Turkey Federation.  He was an avid hunter, bowler & golfer, was very dedicated to the Forestville & Sheridan Communities and was a strong supporter of the local Republican Party.  Mr. Meadows enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Jeanette (Bishop) Meadows of Forestville, whom he married on April 15, 1989 in the former St. John Bosco RC Church, Sheridan, three daughters, Nancy (Marty) Schmidtke, of Saline, MI, Diane (Dale) Niederhauser, of Morgantown, WVa, Polly (Colin) Butler, of Oswego, two step daughters, Deborah (Don) Kron, of Cheektowaga, Diane (Mike) Rafan, of Fredonia, a step son, Stephen (Julie) Foster, of South Dayton and a sister, Lena Dix, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, Jimmy Russell, Michael (Megan) Schmidtke, Lisa Schmidtke, Jake (Amy) Niederhauser, Audrey (Cutler Holland) Niederhauser, Amy (Jeff) Stanislaw, Brian (Greg) Kron, Jason Kron, Brittany (Brad) Kron, Logan Foster, Lyndsay (Nick) Foster, Carson and Dawson Rafan, 4 great grandchildren Kodiak Holland, Lona Foster and Andrew & Mattie Stanislaw.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his 1st wife, Virginia (Yonkers) Meadows, 3 brothers Walter J. “Corky” Meadows, Willis “Dutch” Meadows, Charles Meadows and 2 sisters, Emma Van Valkenburg and Agnes Hilton.

Friends are welcome to call Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville, from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Bruce M. Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery, where Military Graveside Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestivlle.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, PO Box 492, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Sheridan VFW Memorial Post #6390, Rt. 20 Sheridan, NY 14135.  To post condolences go to




  • Jan Crowell jacob
    Posted February 7, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Uncle Nelson. A wonderful man. My love to all. Jan Crowell Jacob

  • Cindy Van Rensselaer
    Posted February 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. Nels was a wonderful and fun guy. He will be missed by all.

  • Wendy Crosato
    Posted February 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Jan, Nancy, Diane, Polly, family and friends,
    My sincerest prayers go out to each of you…”may the God of all Peace comfort you and give you hope”.
    Mr Meadows “is” a great man and may the memories of his service to our nation and our lives be remembered, as we honor him. A great husband, provider, dad and friend to many.

    Here is a short story Polly and I discovered today:
    From: Wendy Crosato
    Date: February 7, 2015 at 1:29:08 PM EST
    One of my best friends I have had since fifth grade, Polly Meadows Butler just called me with condolences for my grandmother. She said she was calling from Sheridan, New York. When I asked why she was in Sheridan, she replied with “my dad [Nelson Meadows] passed away and I am here with my family. We are moving his belongings out of the place where he has been staying and the viewing will be Sunday and Monday is the funeral. We are having it at Riles & Woolley funeral home in Forestville”. We both realized at this moment, both her dad and my grandmother are in the same building together at the same time. My grandmother, Helen Ostrye will have her viewing immediately after Polly’s father’s funeral. You may not think this is so amazing as I do, but to hear Polly say to me “my dad’s burial site is extremely close to your grandmothers, only feet away” is most comforting to have a best friend, who at the same time, can comfort one another in a time of need.

    Note: Nelson Meadows lived a short distance from Helen Ostrye most of their lives. I believe their properties actually connected.

    Here is the link to the funeral home where Helen Ostrye and Nelson Meadows are neighbors again:

    Helen Ostrye’s daughter and grandchildren’s pastor, Bruce Ellis is officiating the service for Nelson Meadows.

    Nelson R. Meadows
    April 13, 1930 – Feb. 5, 2015

    Helen Ostrye
    June 17, 1912 – Feb. 6, 2015

  • Donna (Ortel) Skeddle
    Posted February 8, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Nancy and family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad… He was a sweet man. I still remember how patient he was with us girls and the chaos we caused as your Birthday sleepover. My prayers are with you as you remember your past with him.
    God Bless,

  • Angela stanislaw
    Posted February 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    On behalf of the entire Stanislaw and King families, we wish to express our sincere sorrow for the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Respectfully, Tom and Angela

  • Debbie kordosky
    Posted February 8, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Nancy,Diane and Polly, I wish I could be with you at this sad time. My dad has been without his partner in crime for too long.May your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of our families forever! I love you guys!! Debbie

  • Marilyn Mancuso Panek
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Hello to Nancy,Diane & Polly after many, many years.
    My parents, Jaye & Frank Mancuso and my brother and I lived next door to you on Rt. 39 and I babysat for all of you as youngsters. It was convenient just to walk next door. Amazing how quickly time passes!
    We loved your dad and mom, they were great neighbors.
    I married Rick Panek from Fredonia, who became friends with your dad at Darwins Health Club,
    Condolences to ALL of your family!!

    • Polly (Meadows) Butler
      Posted February 14, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Dear Marilyn:
      Receiving your kind words at this time means so much.
      We too, have wonderful memories of growing up next door to the Mancuso family. Your Mom cutting our hair, plush apple trees, playing on the “big rock” around the “hens and chicks.”, leaving May baskets on the doorstep, YOU being our favorite babysitter, why, I even remember eating dandylion greens with your Grandma! Thanks so much for remembering Dad.(so glad he knew your husband too:) God Bless – Polly, Diane, Nancy and the Meadows family.

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