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Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

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COBO- Albert H., October 17, 2000, of Springville. Beloved husband of Ceola E. (nee Stanbro) Cobo; dear father of Susan (Andrew) Abraham and the late Ronald Cobo; brother of Harold (Rose) Cobo, Arlene (Michael) Langreck, Arthur (Agnes) Cobo Jr., and the late Pearl Glass. Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, where a funeral service will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. The Rev. David Derk will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville. Mr. Cobo was a past member of the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of Springville Exempt Firemen's Association and American Legion Post 431.

KISSANE - Eleanor T. (nee Henry), September 29, 2000, of Springville. Wife of the late Frank Kissane; mother of the late David Taeler; mother-in-law of Henrietta Dell; grandmother of Amy (Lynn) Botsford; great-grandmother of Kristin, Kerri and Adrianne Botsford. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday morning, October 21, at 11 o'clock from the First Presbyterian Church, Springville. The Rev. Robert W. Peck ThD will officiate. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord, 18 Chapel St., Springville, NY 14141. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

NUGENT - Shirley F., October 16, 2000, of Yorkshire. Wife of Robert W.; mother of Gail, Starr, Darlene, Terry, Jeff, Ricky Dee, Melody; stepmother of Warren, Wayne, Bob, Leonard, James, Sharon, Karen, Dennis and David; sister of Vi and the late Gladys. Friends may call Thursday evening from 7-9 at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, followed by funeral services at 9 p.m. The Rev. Gary Schindler will officiate.

STEFF - Jamie Richard, October 16, 2000. Beloved son of Ronald Steff and Linette (Tim) Moreau; brother of Simon, Kelly and Jody; dear grandson of Don and Doris Steff and the late Robert Rabe; also survived by several aunts and uncles. Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, where a funeral service will be held Friday morning at 9:30. 

Doris M. Frank
Doris M. Frank, 91, of Springville, a former teacher and employee of Harrison Radiator Division, General Motors Corp., died Sunday, October 15, 2000 in Fiddler's Green Manor Nursing Home, Springville, where she had been a resident for the past two years.
Born in Thompson, Ill., she came to the Buffalo area with her family in 1918. She was a graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College.
For many years she taught in one-room schoolhouses on Prat- ham Road and at Mortons Corners in the town of Concord. She later taught in Lackawanna for several years, and worked in the engineering division at Harrison Radiator from 1940 to 1955.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoyed reading and genealogy.
Survivors include four sisters, Joyce Golabek of the town of Boston, Lois Hoch and June Frank, both of Springville, Winifred Lyons of Mayfield; two brothers, Bruce of Gloversville and Gordon of Mont Vernon, NH; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Bertie Frank.
Services were held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. The Rev. Robert Peck, Th.D. officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Spring- ville.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of your choice.

Andrew W. Whiteman, 89, of Main Street, Jasper, formerly of Springville, died on Monday, October 16, 2000 at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jasper on August 15, 1911, he was the son of Charles and Ella Woodard Whiteman. He married the former Evelyn Ahrens on January 11, 1942 in Springville.
Andrew had been a dairy farmer in Springville and also was employed as a machinist at Curtis Buffalo and American Machine and Foundry before returning to his native home in Jasper 35 years ago. He then operated a machine shop at his home for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn Whiteman of Jasper; two sons, Charles (Nancy) Whiteman of Stanley and William Whiteman of Norwood, NC; two stepdaughters, Jean (Walter) Spalti of Springville and Jane Engels of West Valley; two stepsons, George (Mary) Phillips of West Valley and Edward (Sue) Phillips of Springville; 24 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are sisters, Leona Kilmer of Colville, Washington, Rachael Cook of Painted Post, and Ruth Whiteman of Montour Falls; brother of Randall Whiteman of Jasper.
Friends may call at the Whiteman residence at 2852 Main Street, Jasper on Thursday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Services will be held at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Emerson, pastor of the Boyds Corners Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will follow Friday morning at 10 o'clock at Maplewood Cemetery, Springville. Arrangements by H.P. Smith and Son, Inc. Funeral Home, Woodhull, New York.

COURTNEY - Ronald T., suddenly, October 18, 2000, of East Otto. Husband of Eleanor M. (nee Krieger) Courtney; father of Thomas (Robin) Courtney, Linda (Don) Sion, Richard (Mary Ann) Courtney and Pam (Daniel) Adanti; also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; son of the late Thomas B. and Elizabeth (nee McCarney) Courtney; brother of Patricia Courtney, Norman (Jean) Courtney, Bruce (Carol) Courtney and the late Thomas Courtney. Mr. Courtney was an engineer of South Buffalo Railway in Lackawanna, where he retired in 1984. He was also a World War II veteran, serving on and was a plank owner on the USS Alabama. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the VFW Hamburg Post 1419, 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

MEYER - Monica Arline (Frederick), 80, of Springville, October 20, 2000, peacefully in the presence of her daughter and granddaughter. Beloved wife of the late John H. Meyer; beloved mother of John F. (Dawn) Meyer and Marcia E. (James A.) Whittmore; beloved grandmother of Kristen L. (John) Bratek, Stacy J. (Leon) Ciesla and Christy A. Meyer; beloved great-grandmother of Leon III, Lynzee and Joseph; sister of the late Dora, Mabel and Donald. Private funeral services were held. Burial was in Townsend Cemetery, Stittville, NY. Arrangements were made by the Laing Funeral Home, Inc., 2724 W. Church St., Eden.

SMITH- Nellie M. (nee Clarke), October 20, 2000, of Springville. Wife of the late Gail M. Smith; mother of Mary Ellen (George) Schnellman; grandmother of George, Jeffrey, Maureen and the late Allen Schnellman; sister of the late Elizabeth Perrin, Catherine and James Clarke; also survived by several nieces and nephews. A prayer service was held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Aloysius Church, Springville at 10:30. The Rev. John Kwiecien officiated. Burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery Springville.

Nellie M. Smith
Nellie M. (nee Clarke) Smith passed away Friday, October 20, 2000 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, at the age of 96.
Nellie had the unique ability to make those around her feel special. Talking to neighbors, friends and relatives, the word special was used over and over again. She was deeply interested in people and their lives and had some great stories to tell from her 96 years of experience.
She would delight children with tales of playing in the hayloft with her sisters, or delivering coal with her father in a horse-drawn wagon, or of her ancestors sailing the Great Lakes in their schooners.
Nellie could meet a complete stranger sitting on a park bench and within 20 minutes, would know them well enough to write letters back and forth. She especially loved to talk to children and hear about their lives and share her experiences of days past while baking cookies or her famous chocolate cake.
Survivors include a daughter Mary Ellen (George) Schnellman of Spring Hill, Fla.; grandchildren George, Jeffrey and Maureen; great-grandson Andrew; and many nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by her husband George, two sisters, Elizabeth Perrin and Catherine Clarke; and a brother, Jim Clarke.
A prayer service was held Tuesday morning from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, at 10 o'clock, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Aloysius Church, Springville at 10:30. The Rev. John Kwiecien officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville.

BETTINGER - Lester M., October 27, 2000, of Springville. Son of Edna Bettinger Smercak; loving nephew of Evelyn Vandermeer; cousin of Mary (Al) Kessler and Edward Hartlieb; also survived by several half brothers and sisters. A prayer service was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Aloysius Church, Springville at 10:30. The Rev. John Kwiecien officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville.

HURLBURT- Floyd E., of Springville, October 30, 2000. Husband of the late Minnie Hughes; father of Harriet Anderson, Elaine (Peter) Dell, and the late Daniel Hurlburt; brother of Arthur (Lois) Hurlburt and the late Irving, Clifford, Oscar Hurlburt and Harriet Herren; father-in-law of Tomana Hurlburt and the late Francis and Nels Anderson; also survived by eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; predeceased by one granddaughter. Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., Arcade, where funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of choice.

KUMMER - Esther W. (nee Wohlhueter), 99, October 11, 2000, of Colden. Wife of the late Walter Kummer; mother of Betty (Lambert) Hughes, Herbert (Dorothy) Kummer and Carl (Pauline) Kummer. A memorial service was held Saturday morning, October 28, at 11 o'clock from the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Colden. Pastor James Murr officiated. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home, 9287 Boston State Road, Boston. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Colden.

LICATA - June Elaine, October 24, 2000, formerly of Springville, at Maplewood Health Care in Cheektowaga after a lengthy illness. Wife of the late Fred Licata; daughter of Sarah (nee Hainley) and Stanley Imboden; niece of Anne Williams Glazier of Springville. She was born in Schuylkill Haven, Pa. on Jan. 18, 1926. A member of Salem Ev. Lutheran Church, Springville, she was a retired retail data employee, and a lifetime music lover. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kidney Association or the American Association for the Blind.

BENSON- Marie D. (nee Chute), of Springville, November 7, 2000. Wife of Arthur Benson; mother of Marie Benson Olivieri, Arthur (Linda) Benson, Robert (Noel) Benson, Michael (Amy) Benson, Colleen Benson, Kathleen (Duffy) Smithers, Clatus Benson and A. Michael Matala; also survived by 13 grandchildren; sister of the late Robert Chute. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, where a prayer service will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Aloysius Church, Springville at 10:30. The Rev. James Judge and the Rev. John Kwiecien will officiate. Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville.

CIMATO - Vincent F., October 30, 2000, of Boston. Husband of the late Joan (nee Atkinson) Cimato; father of Daniel, Richard (Karen) and Susan (Peter) Lindner; grandfather of seven grandchildren. A memorial service was held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from the Wurtz Funeral Home, 9287 Boston State Road, Boston. Memorials may be made to the Patchin Volunteer Fire Co., Boston. Mr. Cimato was a member of the Patchin Volunteer Fire Co. for 38 years.

DeJARNETTE - F. Elaine, of Springville, November 4, 2000. Dear friend of Sally Jo Harris; sister of Barbara Jean Matthews and the late Anna Louise Brown, William DeJar- nette and Barnette DeJarnette; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Tuesday morning, November 14, at 11 o'clock from the East Concord Community Church, Route 240, East Concord. The Rev. Katherine Cook will officiate. Arrangements by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

RANDALL - Frank J., age 102, of Springville, November 7, 2000. Husband of Dorothy J. (nee Gerwitz); father of Paul (Donna), Richard (Vera) and Robert (Helen) Randall; also survived by 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchldren and predeceased by one granddaughter. Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville where a prayer service will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Aloysius Church, Springville, at 10:30. The Rev. John Kwiecien will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may ba mde to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 East Main St. or Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, 222 East Main St., Springville, NY 14141.

Marie D. Benson
Marie D. Benson, 69, of Springville, died November 7, 2000 in her home after a brief illness.
Born Marie D. Chute in Buffalo to Francis and Doris (nee Moore) Chute, she was a 1948 graduate of Bennett High School and received a fine arts degree from Albright Art School in 1951.
She was employed as a production illustrator for Bell Aircraft from 1953-1958.
She married Arthur Benson in Buffalo on May 3, 1958, and had seven children. She retired from the League for the Handicapped Preschool Learning Center in Springville after holding a teaching assistant position for almost 25 years.
She had been a member of the Buffalo Mothers' Club since 1967 and a member of the Springville Cordelian Club since 1976, a member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville, where she was a special Minister of the Eucharist and a member of the Martha Committee. She was an artist who loved being a mother and a grandmother, and was also an avid gardener.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Arthur; daughters Marie Benson Olivieri, Colleen D., and Kathleen M. (Duffy) Smithers; sons Arthur (Linda), Robert (Noel), Michael (Amy), Clatus Benson and A. Michael Matala; and 13 grandchildren.

F. Elaine DeJarnette
F. Elaine DeJarnette of Springville, died suddenly Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000 in the CCU Unit at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville.
Born in Richmond, Kentucky, she began her life of scientific endeavors at NCR in Dayton, Ohio.
Following her move from Dayton in 1959, she worked with Dr. David Harker in his early work on protein crystallography at Roswell Park.
Major contributions were made over 21 years of service to the Medical Foundation of Buffalo, where Elaine worked as a principal research technician in the Molecular Biophysics Department, retiring Nov. 1, 1989.
Elaine attended East Kentucky University, Erie Community College and the University of Buffalo and earned degrees in education, occupational therapy and sociology.
A lifelong golfer, she joined Springville Country Club in 1978 and was past president of the Woman's Division.
Other leisure activities included traveling, bowling, gardening and caring for her 28-year-old horse, Budde.
In addition to many nieces and nephews, she is survived by a sister, Barbara Jean Matthews of San Bernardino, Calif.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning, Nov. 14, at 11 o'clock at the East Concord Community Church on Route 240, East Concord.


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