mark on August 3rd, 2022

ERIE, PA:  Edward A. Davis, 89, a resident of Erie VA CLL, Erie, PA, formerly of Mayville, passed away Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at his residence. He was third child of Benjamin and Helen Davis of Brainard Road, Fredonia.

  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from February 13, 1951 to November 18, 1953 and was stationed in Korea.  Ed moved several times and each time he moved, he would join a local Veteran’s organization.  He was a life member of the James W. Dill American Legion Post #434 Brocton, Westfield VFW Post #6764 and the Mayville VFW Post #8647.  Ed loved his country and served proudly.  He loved being a member in these organizations, allowing him to help his community.  Ed loved to hunt & fish.

  Survivors include two daughters, Tracy Apa, of Harbor Creek, PA; Sharon Stoddard, of Sherman, NY; a sister, Shirley Crowell Huff, of Collins, NY; and a brother, Oliver (Irene) Davis, of South Dayton.  Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and twenty six great grandchildren.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his son Michael, a brother Paul Davis, a sister Norma Crimi, one grandchild, two nephews, a niece and a great nephew.

  A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held Saturday, August 6th, 2022 at 2 o’clock in the Cowdens Corners Cemetery, (corner of Rt. 83 & Miller Road) Town of Arkwright.

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

mark on August 1st, 2022

WESTFIELD:  Henry J. Smith, Sr., 69, of Prospect Station Road, Westfield, died Sunday, July 31st, 2022 at his residence, following a courageous battle with ALS.  He was born in Silver Creek on March 17, 1953, the son of the late Edward and Marie (Swackhammer) Smith.

  Henry worked as an Assistant Manager for the former Nixon’s Grape Farm, Westfield, for 28 years.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, traveling and attending auctions.

  Survivors include his wife Janet M. (Hardy) Smith of Westfield, whom he married on July 3, 1976, in the Forestville Baptist Church, a son, Henry Smith, Jr., of Westfield; a daughter, Jennifer Sipp, of Dunkirk;  two sisters, Cathy (Dennis) Gould, of Forestville; Rose (Jerry) Miller, of Forestville; three brothers, Robert (April) Smith, of Silver Creek; Richard (Claudia) Smith, of Forestville; John (Marion) Smith, of Silver Creek. He is also survived by two grandchildren Aurora Britton and Sophia Smith and several nieces & nephews.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday from 11 AM-1 PM from where Funeral Services will follow at 1 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills, officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery Town of Hanover.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306 (https://t2t.org/donate).  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

 

mark on August 1st, 2022

SOUTH DAYTON:  Wyatt M. Butcher, 16, of South Dayton, passed away at his home Thursday, July 28th, 2022, sadly due to a self-inflicted injury.  He was born on October 5, 2005, the son of Julia Witherell and Michael W. Butcher.

  Wyatt was a Pine Valley Central School student and attended BOCES P-Tech, where he was earning his high school diploma and an associate’s degree in welding.  He exhibited a natural ability for welding and excelled at it.  Wyatt had plans to go on for his bachelor’s degree in homeland security and later go active duty in the military.  He was looking forward to the many adventures’ life would bring him and planned to travel after high school.  Wyatt was always smiling and was well liked by everyone he met.

  He was part of the South Dayton Fire Department, planned to join the National Guard in October, when he turned 17 and was a member of the Jamestown Rifle Club, where he participated in competition shooting.

  Wyatt enjoyed spending time with his friends & family, playing video games, baseball & floor hockey, fishing & hunting.  He loved history and especially loved learning about historical military facts, which he would quiz everyone on.  Wyatt was a great big brother and loved spending time with his siblings.  Words cannot express what a great young man Wyatt was, and his family has always been incredibly proud of his many achievements.  Wyatt’s death is a tragedy that words cannot begin to explain for everyone that knew him and he will be greatly missed by many.

  Survivors include his mother Julia Witherell (boyfriend Joshua Doner), his father Michael Butcher (second mom Ashley Mann) both of South Dayton, siblings Warren T. Butcher; John “Will” Thomas; Elwood Dustin; Amelia Butcher all of South Dayton, maternal grandmother Gloria (Klemens) Witherell of South Dayton, paternal grandparents Rose (Kevin) Leach of Dunkirk, John (Laurie) Butcher of Collins and a large number of aunts, uncles & cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather John D. Witherell.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 4-7 PM and on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery, Town of Villenova.  A Fireman’s Service will be conducted by members of the South Dayton Fire Department on Friday at 7 pm in the funeral home.

  A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 28 at 12 noon in the South Dayton Fire Hall.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on July 25th, 2022

Lois E. Carter passed away peacefully on July 20, 2022, under the loving care of Hospice. Daughter of the late Herbert and Edith Carter; sister of the late Ruth Tillou and Naomi DeFries; looving aunt of Martha White, Michele Altherr, Greg and ?Guy Tillou, DVM; many great nieces & nephews, and her late nephews John Jr. and Andrew DeFries. Dearest friend of Lois Taylor, Eunice Francis, the entire Courtney family and many neighbors, former coworkers at Fisher Price and Vesuvius, all of her physicians and caregivers, and many other friends she met along her journey through life.

Lois was a lifetime member of The Remnant of Christ’s Ecclesia and a devoted believer in God. She spread His goodness over the years through her volunteer work at Children’s Hospital and Hospice, visiting children and people in need of “a bit of cheering up” with her beloved bichons, Bailey Cricket and Jamie Jiggers. A special thank you to the kind-hearted caregivers of The Greenfields and Hospice who guided Lois on her final journey.

Service and interment will be held on Tuesday, July 26th at 10:30am in Woodlawn Cemetery, 4443 S. Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, NY 14127. Donations may be made to Hospice Foundation, PO Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240-0590 or online at hospicebuffalo.com.

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

mark on July 21st, 2022

BROCTON:  Donald Lumbert, 92, of Highland Avenue IRA, Brocton, passed away Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk.  He was born in North Hornell, NY on February 19, 1930, the son of the late Maurice and Ruth Vivian (Petty) Lumbert.

  Donald enjoyed anything that involved the military and he was very patriotic.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday morning from 10-11am from where Funeral Services will be follow at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills officiating.  Private Interment will be in Jolls Cemetery, Town of Perrysburg.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on July 14th, 2022

DUNKIRK:  Janice Glosek, 70, of West Lake Road IRA, Dunkirk, passed away Friday, July 8th, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital.  She was born in Lancaster on June 5, 1952, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Lewandowski) Glosek.

  Friends may call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 9:30-10 from where a Catholic Burial Service will be follow at 10 o’clock, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor of the Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, officiating.  Private Interment will be in Jolls Cemetery, Town of Perrysburg.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on July 5th, 2022

FORESTVILLE:  Paul V. Miller, 87, of South Roberts Road, Forestville, died Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  He was born in Dunkirk on December 29, 1934, the son of the late James L. and Dorothy (Bohn) Miller.

  Paul was a graduate of the former St. Mary’s Catholic School, Dunkirk, Class of 1952, served in the New York National Guard for 3 years, worked for the former Great Lakes Color Printing of Dunkirk for 20 years and worked in the Food Service Maintenance for SUNY @ Fredonia, for 14 years.  He was a member of Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, Forestville, a social and former active member of Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department and the First Ward Falcon Club, Dunkirk.  Paul was a hardworking and devoted husband & father.

  Survivors include his wife Marjorie A. (White) Miller of Forestville, whom he married on November 27, 1954, in the former Sacred Heart RC Church, Dunkirk, three daughters, Mary Jo (James) Travis, Cheryl (Pat) Burns, Anne (Chris Mooney) Miller, five sons Paul V. Miller, Jr., Jeff (Jackie) Miller, Douglas (Holly) Miller, Gary (Anne) Miller, Andrew (Kait) Miller, two sisters, Margaret (Harold) Emerling, Katherine (Douglas) Hosterman and a brother, Peter Miller.  Also surviving are eighteen grandchildren, over twenty great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son Martin “Marty” Miller , who died February 15, 2008, five sisters Jean Brown, Jacquelline Schrantz, Virginia Pawlak, Dorothea Reilly, an infant sister Helen Miller and four brothers Daniel, James, Rev. Thomas and David Miller.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 23rd at 10 o’clock from Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn officiating.  Please self-test prior to attending and mask wearing is required.  Entombment will follow in the Resurrection Mausoleum, Dunkirk.

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505 or to the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 122, Sheridan, NY 14135.

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

mark on June 28th, 2022

 

FORESTVILLE:  Valerie A. Robinson, 65, of Overhiser Road, Forestville, died Friday, June 24th, 2022 at her residence following a short illness.  She was born in Buffalo on February 17, 1957, the daughter of the late Harry W. and Margaret (Sugg) Olsen, Sr.

  Valerie was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1976.  She worked for the former Forest Lanes Bowling Alley in Forestville with her family, until it burned and then worked as a Sales Associate at Walmart, Fredonia, for many years.  Valerie enjoyed being with her family.

  Survivors include a son, Thomas (Kelsey) Robinson, of Angola; a sister, Jackie (Ken) Kerstetter, two brothers, Gerald (Sue) Olsen, Sr., and Larsen Olsen, all of Forestville.  Also surviving is a grandchild Sloane Robinson.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Larry J. Robinson, who died on August 26, 2014 and by three brothers Garry Olsen, Sr., Harry Olsen, Jr. and Glenn Olsen.

  Services will be private and at the convenience of family.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

mark on June 27th, 2022

SMITH MILLS:  Grace E. Meyers, 88, of Hanover Road, Silver Creek, died Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  She was born in the Town of Arkwright, on February 13, 1934, the daughter of the late Roy and Eleanor E. (Popard) Dawley.

  She was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1952, and was a graduate of the former Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1956, where she received her RN degree.

  Grace worked from 1957-1963 as an RN for the former Hanover General Hospital, Silver Creek and from 1963-1996 as an RN/office manager for the late Russell J. Joy and Lake Shore Family Medicine, North Collins, retiring after 33 years.

  She was a member of the Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills and a member of the Deaconess Nurses Alumni Association.

  Survivors include her sister, Joan Flaherty, of Palm Coast, FL and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brother in law Charles Flaherty.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Tuesday morning from 10-11 AM from where Funeral Services will follow at 11 o’clock with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills, officiating.  Interment will follow in Smith Mills Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

  The family suggests memorials be made to Gage Chapel Community Church, %Connie Piccolo, treas., 1 Burgess Street, Silver Creek, NY 14136.  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.

FORESTVILLE:  Robert Carl Benchley, 93, of Pearl Street, Forestville, passed away Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  He was born in Detroit, MI on August 23, 1928, the son of the late Kenneth H. and Mildred S. (Durkee) Benchley.

  Robert was an unbelievably hard worker who founded Benchley Construction in 1957 and is still in business today, almost 65 years later.  He was a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church, Forestville, the Masonic Lodge and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 17.

  In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking in his barn, building furniture for his friends & family.  Mr. Benchley also enjoyed returning to Michigan every year to visit with his siblings and their families.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Mr. Benchley loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids & great grandkids.  He will be missed by many.

  The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Dr. Steven Barnes, Kathy Davis, Denise Olsen, Bill Hafner and a special thanks to all the 3rd floor nurses at Brooks Memorial Hospital.

  Survivors include two sons John Merrill and Cornelius (Pam) Benchley, a daughter, Beth Benchley, three sisters, Jean Boyd, Dorothy Cameron, Deloris Collins, five brothers, Elmer (Virginia) Benchley, Revy (Margo) Benchley, Paul (Joyce) Benchley, Thomas Benchley, Kenneth (Cherrie) Benchley, seven grandchildren; John (Molly) Merrill, Jr., Michelle (Todd) Tanner, Brian (Deb Zimmerman) Benchley, Laurie Benchley, Kristen (Caleb Stroup) Benchley, Andrew (Sonja) Benchely and Muffin Thoreson, thirteen great grandchildren; Emily & Nathan Merrill, Riley & Madison Tanner, Lukas, Quinn, Myle & Reese Benchley, Ciara & Patrick O’Connor, Reed Benchley, Nia Benchley-Stroup, and Sierra Thoreson.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews including; Carol Plaehn, Beryl Fuller, Cheryl Majecki, Mary Conradt, Marcia Sheehan, David Kniese, Ronald Kniese, Robert Kniese, John Kniese and Gregory Ferry and three sisters-in-law; Donna Benchley, Barb Benchley and Jean Benchley.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Nellie (Kniese) Benchley, whom he married on July 18, 1946 in Forestville and who died almost 60 years later on July 9, 2006, a sister Lois Hammerberg, six brothers Miles, Floyd, Marvin, Daniel, Donald & Bernard Benchley, seven sisters-in-law; Maria Benchley, Vivian Benchley, Dorothy Benchley, Cornelia Ferry, Jane Franwick, Irene Kniese, Twila Kniese and nine brothers-in-law; Kuno Hammerberg, Kent Boyd, Kenneth Cameron, Richard Collins, Bill Kniese, Cornelius Kniese, John Kniese, Julius Ferry and Richard Franwick.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday June 24, 2022 from 4-8 pm.  Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in the Abbey Cemetery, Town of Arkwright.

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Forestville Fire Department, Inc., PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Forestville United Methodist Church, 3 Park Street, Forestville, NY 14062.

  To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com