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Obituary Notice- Helen L. Ostrye

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OstryeHSILVER CREEK:  Helen L. Ostrye, 102, a resident of St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, Silver Creek, formerly of Sheridan, died Friday, February 6th, 2015 at TLC/HN-Nursing Facility, Irving, following a short illness.  She was born in Irving on June 17, 1912, the daughter of the late William M. and Ida Belle (Pelton) Lawton.

At one time, Mrs. Ostrye tied grapes for the former Sam Dolce.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and plastic canvas, along with watching her grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Ida Carter, of Sarasota, FL, Victoria (Edward) Schafer, of Forestville, Theresa Ann Ostrye, of Dunkirk, three sons Milton (Dorothy) Schneider, of Forestville, Nicholas (Coralee) Ostrye, of Sarasota, FL, Michael Ostrye, of Gowanda and son-in-law Robert Wdowiasz of Fredonia.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her first husband Frank Schneider, her second husband Raymond Ostrye, a daughter Agnes Wdowiasz, 7 brothers Milford, William, Fabius, Edwin, Roy, Bert & Donald Lawton and 2 sisters Violet Klepfer and Isabelle Schneider.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Monday from 3-5 & 7-9 pm, from where A Catholic Burial Service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Thomas Walsh, of St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, 2546 East Lake Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136 or to the Charity of one’s choice.  To post condolences go to


  • Nancy Jelonek Walcutt
    Posted February 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I am very very sorry to hear of Aunt Helen’s passing. She was a very nice lady and always had a smile on her face. My cousin, Linda, and I visited her during my trip to Dunkirk this past summer. She was a joy to talk with and seemed extremely upbeat for 102 years old! What a wonderful woman! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nancy Jelonek Walcutt

  • Nicholas and Coralee Ostrye
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

    My Mom for 68 years was the best I could hope for. How can you ever put into words, that many years of her loving me and the rest of the large family. I can never give back all she gave to me. On one of my visits a few years ago, I found her trailer roof leaking and her driveway was leaving mud in the house. I told her “you put a roof over my head when I was a child”. Now it is time to for me to put a roof over your head. With the help of my older brothers we did just that, and paved her driveway. She was delighted. I will remember her best at her 102 birthday at St. Columban’s. She was deservedly Queen of the Castle for that short, but well deserved time in her life. My wife loved her also.

  • Mary Woodruff Miller
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Ostrye’s passing. She was a lovely person, and I remember her before I was married visiting her at her son, Nick’s home for dinner. Coralee, Nick’s wife, is one of my dearest friends. She cooked a wonderful dinner. She was so easy to talk to, and know she is with Jesus and the angels. My husband’s and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Mary Pat Woodruff Miller

  • Wendy Crosato
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    We will all miss Helen Ostrye, one of the worlds Greatest! women ever known and I am so glad that she was a part of our lives. God shared her with us and blessed our family richly! with her life. I am grateful for his loving kindness towards us.
    Grandma has finally has entered into her rest. She lived a life of fullness; and for her “fullness” meant:
    Overcoming great obstacles and adversity,
    Looking beyond pain and loss to see joy in the life of a new born baby,
    Never seeing herself lacking anything, because she was so satisfied with what she had,
    Not making decisions for herself, so she never was upset with the outcome of decisions made, Understanding the value of silence and not always giving her opinion,
    Loving equally without walls and judgements
    She was the expression of mercy, grace and forgiveness to us, to see and receive,
    Staying consistent and calm, because she knew her maker would take care of her,
    Remaining in her faith, because she knew the Hope of Glory that was set before her.

    God has promised those who know Him and serve Him…
    “His lord said unto him [Helen Ostrye], ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.'”
    Matthew 25:21

    Peace to all of you.

    P.S. I would always sign off when talking on the phone with grandma saying “God be with you” and she would respond with “okay”, or “with you too”. She would never say the words “good bye” because she believed those words were final. My last words to her were “I want you to know how much I really love you.” And she responded with “I know you love me and I love you”.

  • Polly (Meadows) Butler
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

    My condolences to the friends and family of Helen Ostrye.
    The miracle of life (both earthly and eternal)is a gift from God.
    This is evidenced by a series of events, logistics, and timing of His amazing plan.
    ~My Father-Nelson Meadows, grew up and owned property on Center Road in Arkwright, not far from Mrs Ostryes home.
    ~They passed within hours of one another, and their funerals were held one after another at Riles.
    ~Their burial plots are about 10 ft. apart from one another at the Sheridan Cemetery.
    As my childhood friend, Wendy, and I grieve our losses – we are connected together and once again reminded of Gods perfect plan – in both our lives, and those we love and hold forever in our hearts. ~My Sincere Sympathy to each of you – Polly.

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