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ANDERSON - John "Jack" - 89, of West Valley, Friday, August 10, 2001. Survived by several nieces and nephews; special friend of the late Myrtle Grimm; brother of the late Robert, Jimmy and Elizabeth Anderson. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11 o'clock from the W.S. Davis, Inc. Funeral Home, Arcade. The Rev. Roger White officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the West Valley Rescue Squad. Mr. Anderson was a member of the Riceville Community Church, involved with the West Valley ECHO, and was a retired laborer from Republic Steel of Buffalo.

BALLON - M. Helen - of Spring- ville, August 11, 2001. Daughter of the late Peter and Katherine (nee Herner) Ballon; sister of the late Rose Krezmien, George Ballon, Frank Ballon, Stanley Ballon and Mary Bowen; also survived by nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday morning at 9:30 from St. Aloysius R.C. Church, Springville. The Rev. John S. Kwiecien officiated. Burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

Jesse P. Weissman
Funeral services for Jesse Paul Weissman, 23, of Ellicottville, formerly of Cattaraugus, were held Sunday at the O'Rourke Funeral Home 411 Rock City St., Little Valley. Burial was in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Ellicottville.
Weissman, who was born in Springville, was killed early Wednesday, August 8, 2001, when a taxi slammed into the back of his motorcycle at Main Street and Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo.
He had worked in local ski shops since he was 14. He recently worked as a bicycle technician at Galyan's Sports at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and for Metro Entertainment. He also was a snow board instructor at Holimont and Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, and was an avid mountain bike rider and snow boarder.
Weissman graduated from Cattaraugus Central School in 1995 and had attended the State University at Plattsburgh for the last two years. He had planned to attend the University at Buffalo this fall.
Survivors include his parents, Harry and Cheryl Weissman of East Otto; a sister, Beth Jean, of Ellicottville; and paternal grandfather, Milton Weissman of Williamsville.

BIFARELLA- Sara R. "Sally," of Springville, August 16, 2001. Daughter of the late Peter and Lena (nee Leone) Bifarella; sister of Marion Burns, Helen Kuhn, Leonard (Georgie) Bifarella and the late Samuel Bifarella and Rose Seidler; also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. A prayer service was held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the Smith-Weisman- tel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Aloysius Church, Spring- ville, at 10:30. The Rev. John Kwiecien officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville.

KESTNER - Donald G., of Springville, August 18, 2001. Husband of Betty (nee Rice) Kestner; father of Jim (Rita) Kestner, Joyce Weiss and Jean (Don) Rindfuss; also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother of Joyce (Don) Wagner, Allen (Rose) Kestner and the late Ray and Carol Kestner. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 from the Salem Lutheran Church, Springville. The Rev. Timothy A. Bickel officiated. Burial was in Mortons Corners Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

KONERT - Bonita M. (nee Willibey), of Collins, August 20, 2001. Wife of Richard J. Konert Sr.; mother of Mary E. Konert and Richard J. (Georgiana) Konert Jr.; grandmother of Nicole, John and Jesse Konert; sister of Sandra (Angelo) Spicola, Jack B. (Brenda) Willibey Jr. and William Willibey; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, where funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock. The Rev. John S. Kwiecien will officiate. Mrs. Konert was a member of the Collins Center Auxiliary, Gowanda Chapter 651, and a 4-H leader. She also had worked for the town of Collins Recreation Center. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Collins Center Fire Company or the League for the Handicapped, Inc.

BUTTON - Deborah A. (nee Perry), August 25, 2001, of Delevan. Mother of Angela, Shawn and Justin Perry; daughter of Harold (Joan) Perry and Patricia Raineri; sister of David (Sehara) Perry; stepsister of Elizabeth Stanton, Cheryl Stanton and Barb (Richard) McNinch; granddaughter of Benjamin Perry; also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and two nieces. No prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. from the Sardinia United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Sardinia United Methodist Church or a charity of choice. Arrangements by W.S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., Arcade.

HUTCHINSON - Dewayne L., August 28, 2001, of Delevan. Son of Sandra (Richard Sanders) Hutchinson and the late Terrance 'Terry' Hutchinson; brother of Therese (Jeff) Peterson, Robert (Dianne) Hutchinson, Deborah (Leonard) Krotzer and Laura (Rick Hoffman) Hutchinson; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends called from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday at W.S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., Arcade, where a Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m.
PEPLIN - Helen C. (nee Sikora), August 25, 2001, formerly of West Falls. Beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Peplin Jr.; devoted mother of Laurence (Elizabeth) Peplin of Arcade, and the late John and Joseph Peplin; dear sister of Rose Vybrial of Holland, and the late Adam Sikora; mother-in-law of Cheryl Peplin; also survived by seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. George's R.C. Church, West Falls. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Boston. Mrs. Peplin was a member and officer of the parish Altar & Rosary Society. Arrangements were made by the Wood Funeral Home, 784 Main St., East Aurora.

Edward R. Golabek
Edward R. Golabek, 70, a retired steelworker from the town of Boston, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville.
A town of Boston native, Golabek attended St. John the Baptist School in Boston until he went to work on his parents' farm.
He retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp. after a 33-year career. He had worked as a laborer, in the bar mill, as a member of the rivet gang, and finished his career as a crane operator.
He was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Boston.
Golabek enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and gardening. He was a member of the Boston Conservation Club and was active as a Little League baseball coach.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Anna Gendone; three sons, Donald and Edward, both of Springville, and Joseph of West Falls; a brother, Anthony Golabek of Mortons Corners; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Prayers will be said Thursday morning at 9:30 from the Wurtz Funeral Home, 9287 Boston State Road, Boston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. John the Baptist Church, Boston, at 10 o'lock. Burial will be private.

ALBRECHT - Joseph C. Jr., August 30, 2001, of Colden. Husband of Janet M. (nee Ruller); father of Nancy M. (Michael) Kaszynski, Joseph C. III (Jennifer) and Karen R. (James) Emerson; grandfather of six grandchildren; brother of Jerome (Judy) and the late James Albrecht. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart RC Church, Colden. Mr. Albrecht was a member of the Harley Owners Group of Gowanda. Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home, 9287 Boston State Road, Boston.

ANDRES - David W. Sr., of Sardinia, September 1, 2001. Husband of Alice (Rice); father of Patricia Assad-Ketcham, Pamela (Daryl) Draper, Peggy (Mark) Perks, David (Kathy) Andres Jr., and Dale (Wendy) Andres; brother of Willard (Jane) Andres and the late Lauren (Virginia) Andres; also survived by 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Sardinia United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home or the Chaffee-Sardinia Rescue Squad. Arrangements were made by the W.S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., Arcade.

BAILEY - Gwendolyn (nee Becker), September 1, of Glenwood. Wife of the late Leonard Bailey; devoted mother of Diane (David) Luther, James (Doreen) Bailey, Susan (Donald) Klein, Michael (Heidi) Bailey, Tammy (John) Ritz; cherished grandmother of Jill (Tim) Sciortino, Jason, Jayme, Cole, Kyle, Kaitlyn, and Tanner; sister of Lloyd (Alice) Becker, Georgianna (Paul) Napier and the late Gordon, Arthur and Ronald. A memorial service was held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock from St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 53 West Falls Road, West Falls. The Rev. Donald R. Francis officiated. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

KOWALSKI - Victoria M., of Springville, August 28, 2001. Daughter of the late Anthony and Zofia Kowalski; sister of the late Harriet Goryca, Joseph, Theodore, and Raymond Kowalski; sister-in-law of Wanda Kowalski; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Private burial services at St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville, will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

McCARTHY - Margaret C. (nee Nunweiler), of Springville, September 3, 2001. Beloved wife of Daniel E.; dear mother of Margaret Blakely, Jean (Thomas) Kessler, Catherine (Victor) Cap- para, Barbara (John) Mesler and Laura (Glenn) Kinnear; grandmother of 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and the late Olivia Margaret Baker; daughter of the late Frank and Clara Nunweiler; sister of Herbert (Gertrude), Sylvester (late Do- lores), William (Rosemary) and the late Francis (late Joan), Florence, Raymond (Florence) and Walter Nunweiler. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass from St. Aloysius R.C. Church, Springville, on Saturday morning, September 8, at 10 o'clock. The Rev. John S. Kwiecien will officiate. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Aloysius Regional School, 186 Franklin St., Springville, NY 14141, or Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

WELLS - George E., of West Valley, August 28, 2001. Husband of Jean Wells (nee Ehman); father of Michael E. (Rose) Wells, David H. (Sandy) Wells, Gerald E. Wells, and Lori J. (Richard) Fitzgerald; also survived by five grandchildren; brother of Richard (Martha) Wells, Marion "Burke" McClellan, Esther (John) Lipoff, Lillian Heary, Carl (Joyce) Wells, Jeannette Wells, Helen (John) Steel, Donald (Kathy) Wells, Marcia (Leonard) Feldman, Susan (Jerry) King and William (Brenda) Wells. Funeral services were held Friday morning from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc. 271 East Main Street, Springville. The Rev. Keith Manry officiated. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the West Valley Volunteer Hose Co.

ZELL - Leonard E., September 2, 2001. Husband of Elaine D. Zell (nee Szczublewski) and the late Mary Jane (nee Heppner); father of Diane (Tom) Martin, Claudia (Lee) Winter, Tammy (Robert) Caber; grandfather of Stacey (Mike) Frick, James Martin, Michelle Corah, Julie (Dominic) Cox and Shayann Caber; great-grandfather of Michael and Nathan Frick, Mary Jane and Jimmy Corah; brother of Betty Craig and Emil Zell; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. Zell was a member of the Colden Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 25 years. He was active in first aid and fire police. A Memorial Service was held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Colden Volunteer Fire Dept. Hall. The Rev. 
Richard C. Coveny officiated. Burial was in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

Roderick Simpson
Roderick M. Simpson Sr., 86, of Buffalo, died September 1, 2001 at St. Francis Nursing Home of Williamsville, following a brief illness.
He was born in Springville and graduated from Griffith Institute. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Asiatic and Pacific theaters.
Mr. Simpson had worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna for 43 years, and was a member of the Civil Conservation Corps, a charter and life member of the VFW Post 5260 in Springville, a life member of Cooties Pup Tent 54, American Legion Post 431 in Springville, a member of the Bar Drinkers of America and an active volunteer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo until 1999. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed the Buffalo Bisons. He also enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores A. (nee Geiger) Simpson of Buffalo; two daughters, Mary Simpson-Saunders of Buffalo and Patricia Tramp of the town of Tonawanda; a son, Roderick M. Simpson Jr. of Port St. John, Fla.; a sister, June Swanson of Busti; a brother, Benjamin Simpson of Springville; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Cleveland Hill Chapel of Amigone Funeral Home, 569 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Burial will be Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

GUAY - James E., September 4, 2001, of Glenwood, husband of Jane (nee Felger); father of Cathleen (Anthony) Gruppo and Gregory (Elizabeth) Guay; grandfather of Patricia, Michelle, Kristina, Jeffrey and Matthew. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Colden, at 11 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Colden, NY 14033.

KRAMER - Agnes C. (nee Conley), age 79, of Springville, formerly of Holland, September 7, 2001, at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital following a long illness. She was born in Holland on Oct. 18, 1921 to Ray and Helen (George) Conley, married Donald J. Kramer, who survives, on Oct. 25, 1941 in St. Joseph's Church, Holland. She was the mother of Dennis (Janet) Kramer of Boston, Dr. Daniel (Bonnie) Kramer of Mentone, Ind., and Michael (Jean) Kramer of Ellicottville; grandmother of six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister of Dorothy Gerstung of Arcade and the late Geraldine Evans and Marie Schweitzer. A Mass of Christian Burial was held from St. Aloysius Church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. The Rev. Thomas J. McCarthy officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 East Main St., Springville, NY 14141. Arrangements were made by Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

BENZ - James J. of East Otto, September 13, 2001. Husband of Gloria Mae Benz (nee Bennett); father of Diana (Ronald) Clabeaux of South Dayton, James (Jennie) Benz of Machias, Deborra (Eugene) Doucette of Cattaraugus, Wayne (Betty) Benz of Spring- ville, Arthur (Kathy) Benz of Delevan, Thomas (Colleen) Benz of East Otto, Shirley (Erik) Kest- ner of Springville, and Patricia (Tom) Kingsland of Delevan; also survived by 28 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother of Donald Benz of Springville, Beatrice (Frank) Noeson of Bliss, Larry (Carol) Benz of East Otto, Margaret Dolecki of Rochester, Daniel (Linda) Benz of St. Augustine, Fla., and John Benz of St. Augustine, Fla; also survived by several foster children. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Aloysius Church, Springville. The Rev. Thomas J. McCarthy officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the William C. Edmunds Vol. Fire Department, East Otto, or to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. James and Gloria Mae Bennett were married May 14, 1949 at St. Aloysius Church, Springville. Mr. Benz was a member of the William C. Edmunds Vol. Fire Department for 15 years, and was also a member of several antique tractor associations.

ISRAEL - Kenneth A., age 86, of West Valley, formerly of Sodus; Friday, September 14, 2001. Husband of the late Pauline Israel (nee Davis); father of Rhonda (Kent) Hoppel of West Valley, Roger (Carol) of Voorhees NJ, Ralph (Donna) of Newtown Square, PA, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., 1250 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10305 or the Wallington Cobblestone Schoolhouse Restoration Committee, c/o Martha Miller, 6415 North Geneva Road, Sodus, NY 14551.

NELSON - Floyd "Fuzz," 88, September 13, 2001, of Spring- ville, formerly of Buffalo. Husband of the late Mary Scoma Nelson; loving uncle of Martha Jean (Raymond) Sobie of Dearborn Heights, MI; dearest friend and companion of Erma V. Botsford; also survived by several stepchildren and stepgrandchil- dren. An American Legion memorial service was held Sunday evening under the auspices of American Legion Post 431, followed by funeral services Monday morning at 11 o'clock. The Rev. Robert W. Peck, ThD. officiated. Burial was in Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Springville Presbyterian Church or Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville.

PEARSON - Kenneth J. Sr., September 13, 2001, of Spring- ville. Beloved husband of Margaret A. (nee Ogden) Pearson; dear father of Kenneth J. (Amy) Pearson Jr. and Erik Pearson; also survived by three grandchildren; brother of G. Burton (Joanne) Pearson, Jane (James)  Heitensen- rether and the late Sonja (C. Dan) Fry. Prayer services held Thursday morning at 10:30 from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Spring- ville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Aloysius Church, Springville at 11. The Rev. Alfons Osiander officiating.


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