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Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

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EBEL - William J., January 21, 2001, of West Valley. Husband of Marion E. (nee Schreiber) Ebel; father of Onnalee (Roland) Hill, Donna Ebel, and Merry Ann (Michael) Kurtzworth; grandfather of two granddaughters, two grandsons, four great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter, and a late grandson; brother of Milford Ebel, and the late Dorothea Phillips; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11 o'clock from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Spring- ville. The Rev. Richard R. Rolf will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville. 

HINSDALE - Ralph L., January 21, 2001, of Springville, formerly of Busti. Beloved husband of Cecilia (Cavallaro) Hinsdale; loving father of Lynette (Gabriel) Miles, Michael Hinsdale, and Ryan Hinsdale; loving grandfather of Joshua, Clara and Isabella Miles; dearest son of Harmon and Martha (Sanbury) Hinsdale; dearest brother of Randall (Sue) Hinsdale, Bryan (Mary) Hinsdale, Douglas Hinsdale, Rebecca (Michael) Hohman and Brenda Hinsdale. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Mercy Flight. Arrangements by the Erie County Cremation Service.

Kaplan - Cathey S. (nee Steff), of Buffalo, formerly of Springville, January 20, 2001. Beloved wife of Murwin "Mike" Kaplan; devoted mother of Serena Kaplan; loving daughter of the late Henry and Hazel (nee Johnson) Steff; dear sister of Charlotte (Jerry) Ronscka and the late Carol Walenka; also survived by nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held Monday at noon from the Lombardo Funeral Home, 102 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo. Burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo. Mrs. Kaplan served in the U.S. Navy. 

KELLEY - Howard E., Sr., January 18, 2001, of Springville. Husband of Marlene (nee Mooney) Kelley; father of Howard Kelley Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona, Candace (Douglas) VanOcker of Springville, Harold (Catherine) Kelley of Boston, Robin (Keith) Nagel of Springville, Kim (Bobby) Poland of Scottsville, Kentucky, and Carla (Joseph Jr.) Lamphier of Springville; also survived by 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother of Laura Belscher, Elizabeth (Orlo) Elliott, Marilyn Hodjniki, Lloyd (Char- laine) Kelley, Lillian Tice, Donna (Frank) Schroeder and the late Donald Kelley. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11 o'clock from the Smith-Weisman- tel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. The Rev. Keith Manry officiated. Burial in Maplewood Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the West Valley Volunteer Fire Company.

NELLIS- Martha C. (nee Young) of Springville, formerly of Eden, NY, January 20, 2001. Wife of the late Glenn W, mother of William (Shirley), Betty (Frank) Mezen and Glenn (Linda) Nellis; sister of Raymond and Wilbur Young, Elizabeth Nellis and the late Norman and Theodore Young; grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Eden. Visitation was Monday at the Laing Funeral Home, Inc., 2724 West Church Street, Eden. Memorials made be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Jennie B. Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home, 
Springville.

Greg Arnold
Greg Arnold, 41, passed away January 6, 2001 at Wister Hunting Resort in Imperial County, California.
He was born in Tonawanda and graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute in 1977. He resided in Mira Loma, California for 12 years and was an electrician with the Metropolitan Water District in La Verne, Calif. He had previously worked for McDonnell Douglas in Torrance, Calif. and in Long Beach for 10 years.
He received an associate's degree from DeVry Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio.
Greg was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Anaheim, Calif., the International Society for Measurement and Control, and the Harvest Christian Fellowship. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Lynn; his eight-year-old daughter Stacia, both of Mira Loma; parents Arthur (Carol Lewis) Arnold and Nancy (John) Bellman of Springville; a brother, Randy (Lisa) of Honeoye Falls, NY; and two sisters, Carol (Mike) Kieber of Mechanicsville MD and Laura (Jim) Clark of Springville; and several nieces and nephews.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.

DAHLMAN - Louis H., of West Valley, age 73, January 25, 2001, after a long illness. Husband of Ann (nee Hughey) Dahlman; father of Gregory J. (Elizabeth) Dahlman, Amy L. (Dale) Frank, and the late Debra A. Santini; grandfather of Joshua, Nathan, Bradley, Philip, Anna, Joseph and Diana; brother of Herbert and Harriet Dahlman; father-in-law of Dan Santini. A private family service was held Monday. The Rev. Larry Smith officiated. Burial in Mt. Hope, Cemetery, West Valley. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mr. Dahlman was a member of the Ashford American Legion Post 1576, West Valley. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

KAEFER - Pearl E. (McKelvy) of Colden, January 27, 2001. Beloved wife of Al F. Kaefer; loving mother of Susan Kaefer Smart, Kathy (Michael) Kaefer Smith and Nancy (Jeffrey) Kaefer Abbott; caring grandmother of Matthew, Sarah, Katie, Christopher, Timothy, Emily, Rachel, Gabrielle, Valerie and Jessie; daughter of the late William and Irene McKelvy; sister of Marion (late Gilbert) Land, Mary Lou (Dominic) Nasso and the late James McKelvy and Anna May Langer; also survived by nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from Nativity of Our Lord Church, Orchard Park. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements by the F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, Inc., East Quaker St., Orchard Park.

PERICAK - Jean A. (nee Hurley), January 27, 2001, of Springville. Wife of James G. Pericak; mother of Debra (James) Britt and Marie Pericak; also survived by one granddaughter; sister of Margaret Mabb, Doris Lehman and the late Roy, Wilbur Hurley, Patricia Gattie and Frances Norton. A prayer service was held Wednesday morning at 11:30 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 noon. The Rev. John S. Kwiecien officiated. Burial at Lakeside Memorial Park, Hamburg. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice Foundation.

STEFF - Harry M., January 29, 2001, of Springville. Husband of the late Mary M. Steff (nee Heim); father of Marie B. (Robert) Darling, Harold (Judy) Steff, Agnes Perkins, Lambert (Grace) Steff, Wilfred J. (Clara) Steff and Mary Lou Steff; also survived by 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Aloysius Church, Springville. Arrangements by Smith-Weisman- tel Funeral Home Inc.

VACINEK - Catherine A. "Pat" (nee McCarthy), January 28, 2001, of Springville. Wife of the late Louis J. Vacinek; sister of Bernard (Joan) McCarthy and Daniel (Margaret) McCarthy, and the late John and Helen McCarthy, Isabella Danahy, Leo McCarthy, Margaret Lux, James McCarthy, Joseph McCarthy and Joan Nunweiler; also survived by several nieces and nephews. A prayer service was held Wednesday morning at 9:30 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 o'clock. The Rev. John S. Kwiecien officiated. Burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville.

Robert J. Mann
Robert J. Mann, 69, of Springville, a retired heavy equipment operator and past president and secretary of the Chaffee-Sardinia Fire Company, died Wednesday, January 24, 2001, in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital after a long illness.
He was born in Eagle Grove, Iowa and grew up in West Seneca. He served in the Army in Korea during the Korean War.
Mann was employed as operating engineer for the David Ogiony Construction Co. in Buffalo until his retirement in 1993.
Before moving to Springville in 1972, he lived in West Seneca, where he served as chief and board member of the Vigilant Fire Company and was a commissioner of Fire District 6. He was a past member of the New York State Fire Chiefs and West Seneca Fire Chiefs associations, and was a life member of the Erie County Fire Chiefs and Southwestern Fireman's associations.
In 1993, the Vigilant Fire Company presented him with the Ed Keller Award for his services to the volunteer fire company and community.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Ruth E. Heusinger; a daughter, Barbra of Springville; a son, Robert E. of Sardinia; and three grandchildren.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family.

George Fox
George T. Fox, 69, of Mill Street, Springville, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville.
He was born in Springville on June 15, 1931, the son of the late George T. and Virginia (DeLong) Fox Sr.
Mr. Fox was an attendant for the Buffalo Athletic club for many years.
Survivors include two sons, Phillip Fox of Texas and Jeffrey Fox of Georgia; two sisters, Alberta Luce of Springville and Anna Mae Fox of Arizona; one granddaughter; one grandson; one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Daryl Fox, and a brother Benjamin Fox.
Arrangements were made by the Schindler Funeral Home, Gowanda.

BENNETT - Don E., February 4, 2001, of Eden. Husband of Bibi (nee Lesinski) Bennett; father of Alexander and Charles Bennett; son of Ronald B. Bennett and the late Marie C. (nee Lee) Bennett; son-in-law of Dr. Eugene and Diane Lesinski; brother of Tim (Lisa), Tom (Sherri), Bob (Sabrina) and Debbie (Kevin) Farner; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Smith-Weis- mantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, where funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock. The Rev. Patrick Prior will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Bennett Children's Scholarship Fund.

BLAKELY - Edna M. (nee Lux), of Springville, January 31. Wife of the late George Blakely; mother of Jean Blakely, Delbert M. "Duke" (Marilyn) Dains and Mary Lou (Eugene) Orndorff; also survived by eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; sister of Martha Case, Maurice (Mabel) Lux, Pauline (Lucian) Zielinski, Herbert, Clyde, Arthur (Deloris), Albert Lux, Florence (Kenneth) Rothenberg, Maxine (Donald) Linton, Marcus (Rita) Lux and the late Harold, Floyd, Doris, Ivan, Gordon, Nicholas and Frank Lux. Funeral services were held Saturday morning from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, East Main Street, Springville, at 11 o'clock. The Rev. Gary Schindler officiated. Burial in St. Paul's Memorial Garden, Springville. Mrs. Blakely worked at Motorola in Arcade for over 30 years and `13 years at Springville-Griffith Institute and Central Schools. She was an avid baker. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main, Street, Springville.

KOCHERSPERGER - Sherry Anne (nee Dash) - January 31, 2001 of East Concord. Mother of the late Jesse K. Willett; sister of Michael (Cheryl) Dash, Jo-Anna (Brian) Becker and Eric (Nancy) Dash; aunt of Andy, Jamey, Amanda, Jessica, Justin, Traverse and Michelle. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Smith-Weisman- tel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. The Rev. David C. Derk officiated. Burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville.

MAY - Rose F. (nee Clauss) - February 5, 2001 of Boston. Beloved wife of the late Earl N. May; mother of Wendy M. (Benjamin C. Johnson) of West Chester, Pa. and Rev. Douglas E.A. May M.M. of Egypt; grandmother of Tracie A. Lammer, Benjamin C. Johnson III and Emilie A. Johnson; great-grandmother of Justin Michael Lammer; sister of the late Thomas, Robert and A.R. Clauss. No prior visitation. A memorial mass will be held at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Boston, NY at a date and time to be announced. Donations, in her memory, may be made to Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Cashier-Price Bldg., P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302 or Hospice Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

Penny J. Hodnett
Penny J. Hodnett, 42, of Delevan, and her unborn child, Brianna Lee, were pronounced dead at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital following a three-vehicle accident on Route 16 in the town of Machias, on Friday afternoon, Feb. 2.
Mrs. Hodnett was a cashier at the Springville Wal-Mart store. She had also been a cashier at the former Shurfine Store in Arcade, and previously worked at the Allegany Re-Hab Center in Allegany and the Delevan Head Start in Delevan.
She married Melvin K. Hodnett of Delevan on Aug. 28, 1999 in Arcade, who survives. She was the mother of Thomas Putt and Kimberly Putt, both of Arcade; stepmother of Michael Hodnett of Columbia, MD; daughter of Eugene Cuddy and Maryann (Barton) Cuddy, both of Olean; sister of Gary Cuddy of Olean, Dan Cuddy of Allegany, Linda (Jim) Mattern of Olean, Mary (Denny) Davies of Great Valley and Jean Tillinghast of Machias, and the late Thomas Cuddy; granddaughter of Marion Cuddy of Williamsport, Pa.; also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from the W.S. Davis Funeral Home, Arcade.

LOZORICK - John J., February 6, 2001, of Boston. Husband of the late Helen (nee Gosiewicz); father of Rose (Joseph) Kmiec; grandfather of Karen Prentice, Darlene Kowalski and Tina Kmiec; great-grandfather of Jessica Rose Kowalski; brother-in-law of Stella Koscinski; also survived by many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was held Friday morning at 10:30 from St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Boston. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home, Inc., Boston.

RHOADS - Geraldine M. (Bigelow) of Sardinia, February 10, 2001. Wife of the late Grant "Dusty" Rhoads; mother of Gary Rhoads, Larry (Virginia) Rhoads, and the late Janice (Nourse) Meyerhoff; sister of the late Genevieve George, Blanche Bigelow and Charles Bigelow; mother-in-law of John Meyerhoff and the late Edwin Nourse; also survived by nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. A private memorial service was held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Chaffee-Sardinia Rescue Squad. Arrangements were made by the W.S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., Arcade.

RUEHL- Nancy E. (nee Lane) of Springville, February 13, 2001. Wife of James G. Ruehl; mother of James L. Ruehl of Franklinville and David E. (Gail) Ruehl of East Otto; also survived by four grandchildren. Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, where funeral services will follow immediately at 4 p.m. The Rev. Richard R. Rolf will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville. Mrs. Ruehl was a member of the Springville Eastern Star.

William Grigsby
William C. Grigsby, 73, of Springville, passed away February 11, 2001, following a lengthy illness.
Born and graduated in Port Allegany, Pa., he was a veteran in the Army during World War II, serving in Japan.
He married Louise Klein in 1948, and they moved from Port Allegany to Marienville, Pa., where he worked for the Tennessee Gas Transmission Co., and transferred to the Engineering Department of Tenneco in Eden, where he worked as a surveyor. The couple resided in Springville.
Bill was a member of the National Rifle Association, Acacia Lodge #633 F&AM of Pennsylvania, a life member of the American Legion Post #431, and a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; three sons, William of Warren, Pa., Daniel (Mary) of West Valley, and Mark (Holly) of Springville; one daughter, Cheryl (Jeff) Crossan of Springville; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Lyle Howard Grigsby.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. The Rev. David C. Derk and The Rev. Keith Manry, assistant, officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Town of Concord.

Kathryn L. May
Kathryn L. May, 91, a Boston native who spent most of her 40-year teaching career at Delevan Elementary School, which later became part of the Pioneer School system, died January 25 at Puerto Princess City, the Philippines.
The oldest daughter of the late Nicholas and Jesse May of Boston, Kathryn graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1931 and began teaching. Her earliest schools were in Patchin, Back Creek Road, Boston Elementary and Townsend Hill in Concord. She then took a position in Delevan, where she taught until her retirement in 1971.
A resident of Chaffee for approximately 30 years, she belonged to the Chaffee Rebekah Lodge, OES, and was the oldest member of the Churchill Memorial United Methodist Church in Boston.
Before moving to the Philippines, she lived in Maui, Hawaii with a nephew, Gary Hipp, a missionary.
She is survived by three sisters, Edith (Oscar) Neumann of Niagara Falls, Florence Drank- han of Boston, and Gladys Hipp of Forsyth, Mo. She was pre-deceased by brothers Earl N. May and David. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Rose Clauss May
Rose Clauss May, 83, well-noted as an active volunteer at three hospitals and an aide at the United Cerebral Palsy Association and the American Red Cross, died at her home in Boston February 5.
Volunteer work took most of her time after her two children were grown. She volunteered at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna; at Millard Fillmore Hospital for 30 years; but a majority of her volunteering was at Buffalo Children's Hospital, where she assisted nurses during the polio epidemic of 1944. She received the Tom Brennaman Good Neighbor Award for her work with polio patients.
She was a member of the Hamburg Utopian Club, whose members worked at nursing homes for the United Cerebral Palsy Association, and conducted a Children's Hour broadcast for the Association.
At Children's, she donated several rocking chairs for new mothers in memory of her nephew, Kevin Clauss, who died at the age of nine months.
A volunteer with the bloodmobiles of Hamburg and Boston, she helped raise funds to purchase a new station wagon for the Hamburg branch of the Red Cross.
She helped raise funds for the new St. John the Baptist Church and School on Boston-Cross Road and helped organize the church's Parents Club. She was a member of the church's Altar and Rosary Society and the Society of Friends of St. George's Knights of the Garter of Queen Elizabeth.
Mrs. May enjoyed horses and dogs, and annually donated a trophy to the winner of an English-type riding division at the Erie County Fair. The trophy was named in memory of her late brother, A.R. (Al) Clauss, who participated in horse shows and trained and drove harness horses as well as thoroughbred race horses. She was a member of the American Horse Show Association and attended Buffalo Saddle and Bridle Club shows.
She persuaded the Buffalo Evening News Smokes for Soldiers Fund to convert the funds into the Camp Fund for Crippled Children.
She was the wife of the late Earl N. May, former general manager of the H.F. Rucker Lumber Co. in Boston.
Survivors include a daughter, Wendy Johnson of West Chester, Pa.; a son, the Rev. Douglas E.A. May, a Maryknoll priest serving his second tour in Egypt; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by three brothers, A.R. (Al), Robert, and Thomas, a Buffalo fireman.
A memorial mass will be held April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 6895 Boston-Cross Road, Boston. 


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