Miscellaneous Erie County, New York Obituaries


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EMERLING - Douglas C., September 20, 2001, of Springville. Son of the late Howard Emerling and Margaret (nee McCarthy) Emerling Lux; stepson of the late William Lux; brother of Diane (Robert) Schunke, Nancy M. (Walter) Klyczek, Thomas H. (Maryann) Emerling, Robert (Dolleen) Emerling and Joseph Emerling; also survived by 14 nieces and nephews, and 16 great-nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial from St. Aloysius Church, Springville, on Saturday morning, September 29, at 9:30. The Rev. John S. Kwiecien will officiate, with the Rev. Dennis Reiter concelebrating. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Springville League for the Handicapped, Inc.

Floyd 'Fuzz' Nelson
The familiar smile is gone and the laugh is silenced, but the memories of Fuzz will continue to live on for all who knew him. He touched the lives of everyone who met him.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 17 for Floyd E. "Fuzz" Nelson, who passed away Sept. 13 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.
Fuzz was born in Grand Island on July 8, 1913. He spent many of his early years in Springville, working at the canning factory and Robinson Knife company. 
He entered the U.S. Army on April 16, 1942, and was assigned to Battery B 781st Field Artillery Battalion as a light artillery gun crewman. He was promoted to staff sergeant and honorably discharged on Jan. 1, 1946. He worked at J.H. Williams Co. in Buffalo for 35 years as a tool and die inspector.
Fuzz returned to Springville in 1983, and remained here until his death.
He was an avid gardener and loved working in the yard. He was interested in several charitable organizations, including the Food Pantry, Warm the Children Fund, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Survivors include a niece, Martha Jean (Raymond) Sobie of Dearborn Heights, Mich.; friend and companion of 18 years, Erma V. Botsford; "special" father to Judith L. (Richard A.) Goranson, and Lynn E. (Amy) Botsford; special" grandfather of Richard L. (Carole) Goranson, Kristin, Kerri and Adrianne Botsford; and "special" great-grandfather of Joshua and David Goranson.
Burial services held at Whitehaven Cemetery, Grand Island, at the convenience of the family.

SPORS- Henry B. "Hank", October 1, 2001 of Boston, NY, age 77 years, dearest father of Karen, Bill, Mike and John Spors; grandfather of Melissa Burdic, Katharine Landwehr; great-grandfather of Lucas and Chase Burdic; former husband of Clara Spors; brother of Lucille (James) Gilles, Margaret (Raymond) Jamison, and the late Bernard "Mike" (Sheila) Spors; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Wurtz Funeral Home, Inc., 9287 Boston State Road, Boston, NY, where prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Friends and family are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial from St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Boston, NY, Friday at 10 a.m.

Ashton Leven Henderson
Ashton Leven Henderson, III, 56 of Crestview Drive, Franklin, N.C., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Ocilla, GA, he moved to Franklin from Newton, Grove, NC, six years ago. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelors Degree in Food Science, and was employed by Stockley-Van Camp as Plant Manager, and was a charter member of the Wildlife Club of Central Georgia; and a member of the NRA.
He is survived by his parents, Frances Lancaster Fortson and Ashton Leven "Pat" Henderson, II; his wife, Cynthia Henderson; two daughters, Joy Henderson of the home and Hayley Lane of Franklin; one son, Link Henderson of Griffin, GA; two brothers, Charles Henderson of Maui, HI, and Alan Henderson of Hartwell, GA; one grandchild; and one niece. He was the son-in-law of Estelle Simpson, Springville.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home with Rev. John Makinson officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Relief Fund. Make checks to American Red Cross Relief fund, and mail to P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Note on check, Washington, DC and New York City.

Kenneth E. Sparacino
Kenneth E. Sparacino, 77, of East Otto Road, East Otto, New York, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo.
Kenneth was born Sept. 20, 1924 in Williamsville. He was a graduate of Williamsville High School.
He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the NRA and served in the Navy during World War II, having attained the rank of MOMM3C. He enlisted on March 9, 1943 at Buffalo, NY and was discharged on January 3, 1946 at Chelsea, MA. He was also a survivor of the USS TIDE.
Until his retirement in 1981, he was a Foundry worker for General Motors in Tonawanda.
He is survived by his wife Doris E. (Wickham) Sparacino, whom he married on July 31, 1994; sons, John Sparacino of Buffalo, Robin (Sue) Sparacino, of Mamaroneck, Kenneth Jr. (Eveline) of Port Chester, Ralph Sparacino of Riverside, CA, Martin (Tina) Sparacino of Depew; stepfather of Richard (Barbara) C. Klahn of Panama, OK, Doreen Lampke of Depew, Barbara (David) Johnson of Onieta, Marlene Klahn of Olean; brother of Betty Nuttall of Riverside, CA; also 17 Grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by Margaret Busch Sparacino (first wife), who died in 1992.
A Memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 5, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Otto. Rev. Robert Marshall, pastor will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to the William C. Edmunds Fire Co. of East Otto and the Otto Immanuel Lutheran Church.

CARY - Jenny K. (nee Kist), October 2, 2001, of Boston. Wife of the late Howard E. Cary; mother of Jane (late Robert) Nuller, Elgin (late Lorraine), Edward (Martha) Cary, Mary Ann (Robert) Stevenson and Cynthia Cary; grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11 o'clock from the Wurtz Funeral Home Inc., 9287 Boston State Road, Boston. Memorials may be made to Churchill Memorial United Methodist Church, Boston, or Hospice Buffalo.

FRENCH - Ruth E., 85, of Delevan, October 8, 2001 at the Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo. Wife of the late Russell French; mother of Vernon French of Columbia Falls, Maine, Floyd (Charlotte) French of Mansfield, Ohio, Claude French of Delevan, Ross (Madeline) French of New York City, Willis French of Cheektowaga, Warren French of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dean (Rose) French of Davenport, Fla., Kevin (Pat) French of Lyndon, Marie Wesley of Delevan, Jean (Joseph) Fraas of Perrysburg, and the late Clyde and Russell Martin French, Jr. and Esther Tebo; grandmother of 34 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces and nephews; daughter of the late George and Elsie (Houghtaling) Hunt; also preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 11, at noon from the W.S. Davis Inc. Funeral Home, Arcade. The Rev. Jeffrey Nowak will officiate. Burial will be in the Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon, NY. Mrs. French and her husband were former owners and operators of the R&R French Poultry Farm in Springville.

JERGE - Irene (nee Piasecki), of Springville, formerly of Cowlesville, October 4, 2001. Beloved wife of the late Casper D. Jerge; dearest mother of Mary Ann (Robert) Zajdowicz, C. Daniel, Irene Kukoda Jerge, Philip, Joseph (Sandra), Carl (Karla Korpus), Judith (late Anthony) Fugate, Susan (Matthew) Bartle and Jeremy Jerge; fond grandmother of 10 grandchildren; sister of Stephen, Paul, Arlene, Pauline, and the late Charlotte Piasecki. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, Inc., 4680 Clinton St., West Seneca. Irene was a member of CSEA Local 152 and former vice president, retired member of Chapter 1000 CSEA/AFSCME and worked in the business office at Attica Correctional for over 10 years. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Stevens Memorial Library, Attica, Cowlesville Volunteer Fire Department or Springville Volunteer Fire Department. Irene was a loving wife and mother who loved to travel, enjoyed bingo, was an avid bird watcher, and enjoyed surfing the net.

BOTSFORD - Jason C., age 27, suddenly, October 11, 2001, died in a motorcycle accident in Pittsburgh, Pa. Loving son of Debora and Michael Desjarlais and Stephen Botsford; father of Sean; brother of Michael Desjarlais and Melissa and Stephanie Botsford; grandson of Margaret and John Barone and Robert and Betty Botsford; also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

JOZAK - Anthony, October 15,2001, of Orchard Park. Husband of the late Jeane Marie (nee Kotowenko) Jozak; father of Patrick, Michael (Kim) and Anthony Peter (Shirl) Jozak; grandfather of Kristian, Lacey and Jordan Jozak. Mr. Jozak was a retired crane operator at Bethlehem Steel Plant, Lackawanna. Burial will be held at the Mortons Corners Cemetery, town of Concord, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

KESTNER - Hazel M. (nee Weber), October 15, 2001, of Springville. Daughter of the late Phillip and Myrtle (nee Wiede- mann) Weber; sister of the late Leland Weber. Burial was held at Maplewood Cemetery, Springville at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Spring- ville.

WALKER - Stanley F., of Springville, October 14, 2001. Husband of Martha K. Walker (nee Belscher); father of Dianne P. (Robert) Enright, JoAnn M. DeCourcey, Virginia L. (William) Forse, Ilona (Heintz) Proetel, and the late Stanley F. Walker Jr.; grandfather of Sean, Danielle, Eric, Brian, Scott, Ryan, Sarah, Manuela, Anja and Andreas; great-grandfather of Corey and Anthony Pepero. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. Pastor Joseph Bermingham officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville. Mr. Walker was retired from Peerless Winsmith, Springville, and was active in the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, the Springville Baptist Church, and was past commander of both the Felton Burns VFW Post 5260 and American Legion Concord Post 431.

BENZ - Herbert L., of Colden, October 18, 2001. Husband of Carla (nee Trautman); loving soulmate of Laurie Balas; brother of Richard Benz of Amsterdam; also survived by many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Monday morning at 10:30 from St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Boston. Memorials may be made to Mercy Flight of Western New York or Ten Lives Club (cat rescue) of Boston in care of Marie Edwards, 7789 Back Creek Road, Hamburg, NY 14075.

FILLION - Karen A. (nee Rogers) of Springville, October 20, 2001. Wife of William E. Fillion; mother of Terra Ray, Kara Ray, Tina, Trisha and Justin Fillion; grandmother of Allyssa, Matthew, Morgan, Kalea, Thomas, Zachary and Kaitlyn; stepdaughter of Ralph Hooper. A prayer service was held Tuesday 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 Kwiecien officiated.

MANRY - Isaac Wesley, of Springville, October 20, 2001. Infant son of Keith A. and Erica L. Manry; brother of Peigh Elizabeth and Josiah Keith Manry; grandson of Larry J. and Brenda J. Manry and Elmer J. Smith and Erion Clark; stepgrandson of Kathleen Smith. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Springville United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Derk officiated. Burial in Wood- lawn Cemetery, Canisteo. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville.

METZINGER - Eugene A., Sr., of West Valley, October 23, 2001. Husband of Elizabeth (nee Marki) Metzinger; father of Eugene A. Metzinger, Jr. and Susan (Jack) D'Amico; grandfather of Michael and Joseph Hardy; son of the late Eugene and Gertrude (nee Hebeler) Metzinger; brother of Thelma (Harold) Eckert, Irma (late Hank) Schultz, Marie (late Arnold) Boehnke, Lucille (Kenneth) Smith, Gertrude (Phillip) Davison, Kenneth Metzinger and Robert Metzinger; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Gaul Funeral Home, 263 East Ave., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday in Good Shepherd Church, Pendleton, at 10 a.m. Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery. Eugene served in the United States Army. 

NUGENT - Robert W., age 75, of Arcade, October 21,2001, at his residence after a lengthy illness. Husband of the late Shirley F. Nugent; father of Robert (Lila) Nugent, Leonard (Cindy) Nugent, James P. Nugent, Sharon (Jose) Vazquez, Karen (Rich) Skinner, Dennis Nugent, David Nugent, Melody (Butch) Kozma; stepfather of Warren (Nancy) Goodwill, Wayne (Sue) Goodwill, Gail Brown, Starr (Dennis) Miller, Darlene (Robert) Brown, Terry (Pat) Collins, Jeffery Collins and Ricky D. Collins; foster father of Lillian Pilger; grandfather of the late James A. Holmwood and Ricky J. Collins; also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; brother of Daniel Nugent, Dolly King, and the late Wanda O'Keefe; special friend of Diane and Mike Satchell, Jason, Lorna and Becky, Terry and Steve Pierson, Ron Fitch, Sue Valentine and Ann Babcock. Funeral services were held from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville. Mike Satchell of Jehovahs' Witnesses, Machias, officiated. Mr. Nugent was a Navy Veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post #431 and was a retired dispatcher for Rural Metro, Springville, and the funny man of Saturday night bingo.

REISER - Elizabeth S. (nee Smith), of Lakewood, NJ, October 21,2001. Wife of the late Eugene C. Reiser; mother of Linda (Oscar) McCabe and Rosemary Brown; also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister of the late Morris and Charlie Smith. Friends may call Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, Inc., 271 East Main Street, Springville, where funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Robert Peck, ThD. officiating. Burial will be in Collins Center Cemetery.

Henry W. Boser
Henry William (Hank) Boser, 71, of Boston, died unexpectedly on October 17, 2001.
The Springville native moved to Boston when he married Susan E. Dickey of South Buffalo on July 24, 1970. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps serving from 1951 to 1953 when he was granted an honorable discharge.
He began working at Agway, Inc. on Ganson Street, Buffalo, following his high school graduation from Griffith Institute in 1948. He started on the loading dock and held various positions of increasing responsibility. He completed his millwright apprenticeship in 1968 and was promoted to the position of millwright. In June 1974, the couple moved to Batavia. From September 1974 until his retirement in 1993, he was employed as maintenance supervisor at Mod-Pac Corp. in Buffalo, where he enjoyed returning each year for the company picnic.
An avid bird and squirrel watcher, Hank also enjoyed gardening, landscaping and photography, as well as cooking and making special homemade breads.
In retirement, Hank enjoyed visiting his quiet retreat in Cattar- augus County, where he cleared brush to make walking/golf cart trails, built bluebird houses and planted hundreds of evergreen trees. He also liked to fish and ride in his paddleboat.
He was a member of the Boston Senior Citizens, and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association of America, and was an active and faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served as director of Christian Education and assistant treasurer for many years.
Survivors besides his wife include three children, Linda Boser-Simmons of Colorado, Jeremy "Jay" of Boston, and Michelle M. of Buffalo; a sister, Dolores (Donald) Klahn of West Valley; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Henry donated his body to the School of Medicine and Biological Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
A memorial service will be held Saturday morning October 27, at 11 o'clock, from Trinity Lutheran Church, Dutch Hill Road (between Boberg and Cross roads), town of Ashford. The Rev. William Kay will officiate.

Olga Zdarsky Doran
Former West Valley school teacher Olga Zdarsky Doran of Rochester died September 12, 2001.
A graduate of Buffalo State Teachers College, she began teaching in West Valley in 1935, where she met and married Robert J. Doran. While her husband was in the service, she lived with her parents in Buffalo and taught third grade at Buffalo Public School 53, where her father, Joseph Zdarsky, also taught. When her husband returned from the service, Mrs. Doran began working with the Girl Scouts and continued working with them until they moved to Cortland.
When she retired, Mrs. Doran visited elderly people, mostly church members, in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Doran; daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Dale Fryer; grandchildren Tamara and Timothy Graham, Aaron Morrison and Kathryn Fryer; and one great-grandson, Kelan Graham.
Following her death, the family received letters of tribute from two of her former students. 
"No matter how many other aspects of academia entered my life, none was more important than the first grade teacher at West Valley Central Schools. She changed frightened, totally inexperienced, rural, little strangers into confident friends who would learn to read and write and grow and dream...and wash their hands, and walk in line, and a weird concept called group discipline and accomplishment," wrote Dama Zefers Jung.
Doris Rubin Bobry from the Rochester City School Number 8 kindergarten class of 1965-66, wrote: Mrs. Doran was an exceptional teacher. Even now 36 years later, I remember so much about that year. She loved 'The Ballad of the Green Beret,' and played it often. She was always smiling and the class room was a happy place. Mrs. Doran was one of the reasons I became a teacher." 

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