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Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries

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HOLTS - Leona B. (nee Brooks), June 22, 2001, of Springville. Mother of Judith (Robert) Yakeley of Woodbridge, Va., Bonnie (Paul) Schmitz of Las Vegas, Nev., and the late Kenneth Warren Holts; mother-in-law of Rita Holts of Wayne, Pa.; also survived by three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister of Gertrude Horner, Vivian Gustafson and the late Dorothy Kinmartin. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

LAMM - Edward A., June 21, 2001, of Colden. Husband of the late Doris C. (nee Coloton); father of James E. (Julie), Kathleen A., David A. (Barbara) Lamm; grandfather of Michael, Emily and Nathan; brother of the late William, Lillian Howard and Bernice Lamm. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Colden. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home, Inc., 9287 Boston State Road, Boston.

MOSKALUK - John, June 23, 2001, in Fiddlers Green Manor Nursing Home, Springville, formerly of Buffalo. Brother of Mary Deth; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. The Rev. John S. Kwiecien officiated.

RELYEA - Clifford A. "Jim," June 26, 2001, of Delevan. Husband of the late Marion (Austin); father of James Relyea and Debra (Richard) Dixon; brother of the late Howard, Warner and Cleland "Skip" Relyea; brother-in-law of Arlene Relyea; also survived by six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the W.S. Davis Funeral Home Inc., Arcade, where a funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Memorials to the Delevan Rescue Squad or the Delevan Fire Department.

SAUER - Carlton M., June 23, 2001. Hussband of the late Beatrice A. (nee Schwartz); father of Albert (Deborah), Elizabeth (Roger) Dille, and the late Sharon Sauer; grandfather of 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson; brother of Alfred Sauer and Lola Lange, and the late Edward, Mae Hambleton and Raymond Sauer. Prayers were said Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Wurtz Funeral Home Inc., 9287 Boston State Road, Boston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Boston, at 10:30. 

ZEHNDER - Alice M., 97, June 3, 2001, of Glenwood. Wife of the late Earl E. Zehnder; mother of Glenn E. (Beverly) Zehnder; grandmother of Bruce E. (Kim M.) Zehnder; great-grandmother of Jed E. and Janelle M. Zehnder; sister of Helen Hogan, Eileen Comstock, Betty McDole, and the late Ona Spring, Clarence, Floyd and Glenn Sprague, and Eva Charles. A private burial was held for the immediate family. Memorials may be made to the East Concord Community Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home Inc., 9287 Boston State Road, Boston. 

GENTNER - Frederick A., July 1, 2001, of Colden. Husband of the late Edith L. Gentner (nee Both); father of Paul Edward Gentner; brother-in-law of Clifford L. (Lois) Both. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 from Our Lady of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Colden. Memorials may be made to the Colden Fire Company or Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Colden, NY 14033. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home Inc., 9287 Boston State Road, Boston.

Katie V. Pastorius
Katie V. Pastorius, 20, of Arcade, died June 30, 2001, at Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, as a result of injuries sustained in a one-car accident.
Mrs. Pastorius had attended Pioneer Central High School in Yorkshire, and was a store clerk and cake decorator at the Tops Store in Arcade.
She was born in Springville on January 21,1981 and married Scott Pastorius on April 30, 2000 in Delevan.
She was the wife of Scott of Arcade; mother of Tyler A.; daughter of Gary L. and Sharon L. (Winter) Parsell of Arcade; sister of Ann Parsell of Yorkshire, Laura (Dean) Steffen- hagen of Freedom, Mary Parsell of Machias, Bonnie Jo Parsell of Arcade, and Jessica Parsell of Arcade; granddaughter of Herbert and Virginia Winter of North Collins; daughter-in-law, of Walter and Nancy Pastorius of Elton; also survived by several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Tuesday evening at 7 o\'clock from the W.S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., in Arcade. 

BALL - Patricia A. (nee Laurie), July 8, 2001, of Springville. Wife of Bert Ball; mother of Jeanne (Michael) Conner, James (Susan) Ball, Judy Ball and Joann (Kurtis) Bogdal; also survived by 11 grandchildren, one great-step- grandson, several nieces and nephews; daughter of Nellie (nee Zoulko) and the late Donald Laurie; sister of Donald (Linda) Laurie, Nancy (Francis) Rodler, Joyce Laurie, Mary Laurie (Russell DeVeso), Raymond Laurie, Margaret (Allan) Sager, Andrew Laurie, William Laurie and Kathryn (Thomas Quinn Jr.) Empringham. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning from the First United Methodist Church, 474 East Main St., Springville. The Rev. W. Drew Heitzenrater, the Rev. David C. Derk, the Rev. Keith Manry and the Rev. Richard M. Stedman officiating. Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, West Valley. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

FERGUSON - William P., July 6, 2001, of Boston. Husband of Ann (nee Roach); father of David P. Ferguson; brother of Francis Ferguson; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Boston on Tuesday morning at 10 o\'clock. Expressions of sympathy may be made to FMSDC, 6380 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221. Mr. Ferguson was a senior vice commander of the 77th Division VFW Post 1488, Hamburg. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home, Inc., 9287 Boston State Road, Boston.

WADE - William L., 51, June 29, 2001, formerly of Machias, at his home in Houston, Texas. Husband of Rebecca (Schuster) Wade; father of James and Chad Wade; brother of Linda McAllister, Kathy Dyer, Patty Strong and Bradley Raecher; son of Edwin and Marion Raecher, and the late James Wade; also survived by in-laws Robert and Loretta Schuster of West Valley and Robert, Kenneth and Kathleen Schuster of Machias. Funeral services were held Thursday morning , July 5, at 10 o\'clock from the Niday Funeral Home, Houston.

Clifford Noeller
Clifford George Noeller, 88, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, Va.
He was a World War II veteran and fought in the war as a fighter pilot.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara J. Noeller; and two sons, Michael and David Noeller.
Survivors include four granddaughters, Lynn Nayda of Gainesville, Va., Julie Adams of Millville, NJ, Christine Herbert of Suwanee, Ga., Jamie Noeller of Eldred, NY; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held July 14 at Maplewood Cemetery in Springville. The Rev. Robert Peck, ThD. will officiate.

Virginia West Gray
Virginia West Gray, 92, a resident of Mary Agnes Manor Adult Care Facility and a direct descendent of colonial botanist John Bartram, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001 in Erie County Medical Center after a short illness.
A native of Philadelphia, she lived with her parents in Albany, Syracuse and New Jersey as a girl and young woman until she married Carleton Gray and moved in the 1920s to Springville, where he operated a feed mill. They met while he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance in Philadelphia.
She was a graduate of St. Agnes School in Albany, now known as St. Agnes-Stewart School, and Drake College in New Jersey. She and her husband lived in Springville until 1958, when they moved to Buffalo. He died in 1981. She was a case worker with the Erie county Department of Social Services until she reached retirement age. 
Mrs. Gray\'s famous ancestor on her father\'s side, John Bartram, was the king\'s botanist before the American Revolution. He and Benjamin Franklin founded the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration and a life member of the Sierra Club.
Survivors include a son, William C. of Buffalo; two grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Services were held in the George J. Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 3000 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville.

BULGES - David F., July 17, 2001, of Springville. Husband of the late Marilyss (nee Shultes); father of Robin (George) Kostyszyn and Frank (Nancy); grandfather of Crystal, Kathy and Tonya; cherished friend of Wilma Johnson. A memorial service will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First United Methodist Church of Springville. The Rev. David Derk will officiate. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Josephine Charlap
Josephine M. Charlap, 92, a partner in a former Buffalo dairy, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, where she had been a resident for approximately two years.
From 1926 to 1961, Mrs. Charlap and her late husband, Nicholas J., operated Charlap's Dairy on Greeley Street in Buffalo. They closed the Buffalo business in 1961 and a son moved it to Hamburg.
The former Josephine Mrugala was born in Buffalo. She grew up in Springville and attended St. Aloysius School.
A resident of the Black Rock section of Buffalo for more than 70 years, she was an active member of St. Florian's Catholic Church. She had been secretary of the church's Jednosc Polek, treasurer of St. Rita's Society, and a member of the Mothers' Club and the Kunegunda Society. She also served as a delegate to the Polish Union of America.
Her husband of 49 years, Nicholas, died in 1975.
Survivors include two sons, Henry N. of Orchard Park, and Richard R. of Hamburg; a daughter, Irene S. Fronczak of North Tonawanda; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grand- children. She was the sister of Sophie Zukowski, Frank "Pete" (Julie), Pauline (Fila) Atkinson, Leo (Heddie), and the late Stella (Joseph) Petrusek, John (Stella) Mrugala, Stanley Mrugala, Helen (John) Perhach; sister-in-law of Viola Mrugala, Stanley Fila Jr., Celia Mrugala, Frank Zukowski and Jerry Atkinson.
Prayers were said Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the Donald J. Siwek Funeral Home, 610 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Florian's Catholic Church at 9:30. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, town of Tonawanda. 

GOGGIN - John E., Born April 11, 1923 in Fredonia, died at home in West Valley July 17, 2001. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis E. (nee World); four caring children, Janet (Roy) Weakland, John (Catherine) Goggin Jr., Mark Goggin and Timothy (Bobbie Jo) Goggin; eight loving grandchildren, Steven (Kim) Jay, Daryl, Becky, Eric, Michael, Mallory and Samantha; and adoring great-granddaughter Madeline; also survived by his twin sister Johnette (Eugene) Heary of Warren, Pa. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from St. John the Baptist Church, West Valley. The Rev. Thomas McCarthy officiated. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, West Valley. Mr. Goggin was a veteran of World War II, a past commander of VFW Post No. 59, Fredonia, an active member of the American Legion, a consummate entrepreneur and an ageless salesman and eternally Irish. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Comstock Hospice, PO Box 280, Delevan, NY 14042. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

SCHUMACHER - Cecelia M., 94, of West Valley, died at her home July 21, 2001, after long declining health. She was born in West Valley, Oct. 4, 1906 to John and Johanna "Jennie" (Rupp) Schumacher. She retired to West Valley in 1971 from a secretarial career with Diamond Laboratories in Washington, DC. She was predeceased by sisters Agatha and Anna Schu- macher and Dorothy (Leo) Bernhoft. She is survived by a sister, Catherine, of Buffalo; nieces Sandra, Cheryl and Pamela Bernhoft; and nephew, Douglas (Karen) Bernhoft. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. John the Baptist Church, West Valley. The Rev. Thomas McCarthy officiated. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, West Valley. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the West Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 9091 Route 240, West Valley, or Comstock Hospice, 1225 West State St., Olean. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

WILSON - Dorothy P. (nee Lenz), of Springville, July 19, 2001. Wife of the late Arthur Evans, Robert Altmann and Gerald Wilson; mother of Karen Evans Swift, Silvia Martin (Roy) Benn, Robert J. Altmann, William H. Altmann and Cynthia (Ronald) Huch; also survived by 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great- granddaughter; sister of the late Loretta Smith. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Spring- ville. The Rev. Robert W. Peck, Th.D. officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville.

KRUEGER - Petrina R. "Peggy" (Marini), July 22, 2001, of Orchard Park. Beloved wife of the late Edward P. Krueger; dearest mother of Edward M. (Cora) Krueger, Donald A. (Peggy) Krueger, and Mary Elizabeth (late Deane) McEwan; sister of Geraldine McKee and the late Richard Marini, Yolanda Sulpizio and Estelle Piciulo; dearest grandmother of Edward, Karl, Karen, Holly, Daryl, David and Marianne; great-grandmother of five. A memorial service will be held Monday evening, August 6, at 7 o'clock from St. James United Church of Christ, 75 Main St., Hamburg. Mrs. Krueger was a member of the Orchard Park Garden Club, The Servers of St. James United Church of Christ, and a Red Cross volunteer. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Red Cross or the St. James United Church of Christ. Arrangements were made by the Orchard Park Chapel of the Joseph K. Quinn Funeral Home Inc.

ARENT - Barbara (nee Hanlon), August 2, 2001, of Boston. Beloved wife of Robert Arent; mother of Michelle, Michael, Paul and Thom W. Arent; grandmother of eight grandchildren; sister of Larry Hanlon, Kathi Van Houten, Cris Kain and Charles "Corky" Patterson. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from St. John the Baptist RC Church, Boston. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home, Inc., 9287 Boston State Road, Boston.

BAKER - Olivia Margaret, August 2, 2001. Beloved daughter of John and Kelly (Martin) Baker; sister of Ian Joseph Baker; dear granddaughter of Catherine and Victor Cappara, Jerald Martin, Mary Elizabeth Baker and Timothy Baker; also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. An interment service was held Monday morning at 11 o'clock at St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville. The Rev. John Kwiecien officiated. Expressions of sympathy may be made to dreams from the Heart Camp, c/o Pediatric Cardiology Assoc., 300 Linwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

FOWLER - Robert D., 91, of Dunedin, Fla., October 22, 2000. Husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Wheeler) Fowler; father of Stephen R. (Molly) Fowler and Judy (Richard) Naragon; also survived by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 10 at 11 o'clock, from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. The Rev. David C. Derk will officiate. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery.

JOSLIN - Henry B., August 7, 2001, of Rochester, NY, formerly of Springville. Father of Karl P. (Nancy) Joslin and Kelly M. (Bryan) Cade; also survived by four grandchildren; dear companion of Marge Dolecki; brother of Lefern (Noreen) Joslin Jr., Marie (Charles) Baun, Margaret (John) Barone and Wesley (Carol) Joslin. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Friday afternoon, Aug. 10, from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville at 1 p.m.

WELLS - Frank Santmyer, of Dunkirk, Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at Buffalo Veterans Hospital. Brother of Harriet (Raymond) Ebersold of Vista, Calif. and Frances (Harvey) Tracy of San Marcos, Calif., and the late John Wells; uncle of Susan (Robert) Sorensen of Springville, Charlotte Wells, Edmund Wells, Elizabeth Wells, John Wells and Mary Schmid, all of Minnesota. "Uncle Frank" as he was known, was a gifted chef, writer and gardener. He grew up in Austin Minn., and was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He served in the armed forces in World War II, both in the European and Pacific theaters. After serving his country, he had a career as a writer and editor in New York City, and retired to Western New York in 1978. Private services were held. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Susan Sorensen, 292 East Main St., Springville.

HORTON - Patricia Joan, 65, of Kuhn Road, West Valley, died Friday, August 3, 2001, in Buffalo General Hospital.
A Buffalo native, the former Patricia Joan Brankacz retired in 1999 from her job as a youth counselor with a state agency in Great Valley.
She also owned and operated the Blue Denim Restaurant in Ellicottville for 12 years.
Mrs. Horton attended Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Ellicottville, was an avid gardener and enjoyed sewing.
Survivors include two sons, Patrick of the town of Washington and Richard of Great Valley; three daughters, Barbara Smith of East Otto, Kathy Torres of Monterey, Calif., and Susan of Arlington, Texas; a brother, John Brankacz of Rochester; eight grandchildren; and a loving companion, Dan Webster.
A memorial mass was offered Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock in Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Ellicottville.

KAISER - Kathleen E., 50, of Marilla, a registered nurse who was voted Nurse of Distinction at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, died Thursday, August 2, 2001, at home after a battle with cancer.
Born in Buffalo, she earned an associate's degree at Trocaire College, a bachelor's degree at Daemen College, and a master's in nursing from the University at Buffalo.
"Her outstanding contributions to the nursing program are twofold clinical practice and administration," said Linda Reehling, BCH director of nursing. "Kathy always strived to serve as a role model and to uplift the spirits of all those whom she worked with."
She was nursing supervisor at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and had served for 22 years in the surgical intensive care unit at Buffalo General Hospital. She was a member of the Critical Care Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and the nursing advisory council to Upstate New York Transplant Services.
Survivors include her parents, Robert C. and Madeline E. Kaiser of Marilla; three sisters, Christine A. Golia of Delray Beach, Fla., Karen E. and Claudia K., both of Marilla; and a brother, Paul F., of Marilla.
A memorial mass will be offered Thursday morning at 10 o'clock in Annunciation Catholic Church, Clinton Street and Girdle Road, Elma.


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