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Beeles, Michael A. - Mansfield  
MANSFIELD - Michael A. Beeles, 61, of Jersey Hollow Road, passed away Monday (May 4, 2015) at Fiddler's Green Nursing Home in Springville. He was born April 8, 1954, in Buffalo, the son of the late Walter and Loretta Spychala Beeles. Mr. Beeles was a graduate of Cattaraugus Central School. He was employed at Chester Jensen in Cattaraugus, Donver Wood Products in Salamanca and Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. He is survived by a brother, John Beeles of Mansfield; two sisters, Lorraine (Clinton) Couhig and Patricia (Steven) Damon, both of Mansfield; and a nephew, Paul Damon. Also surviving is a special friend, Vern Hahn of Little Valley. Private family services will be held. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City St., Little Valley.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on May 5, 2015
Burdick, David D. - Limestone  
LIMESTONE - David D. Burdick, 54, died Saturday evening (April 25, 2015) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, following a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 6, 1960, in Olean, a son of Anne Grandmaison Burdick of West Valley and the late Duane Burdick. He had been employed as a truck driver at Georgia-Pacific in Bradford, Pa. Besides his mother, he is survived by two brothers, Jeffrey W. Burdick of Sheridan and Kevin (Shelly) Burdick of Belfast; a sister, Cindy Burdick of Canada; a sister-in-law, Darla Burdick; seven nieces and nephews, Kate, Kevin, Kajun, Brandy, Nikki, Connie and Sandy; and grandnieces and grandnephews. He is also survived by a host of lifelong friends. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Burdick; a sister-in-law, Sue Burdick; a niece, Jessie Burdick; and a nephew, Steven Burdick. A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday (May 2, 2015) at the Limestone Firemen's Community Center, Main Street. Arrangements are being handled by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, Dunkirk.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on Apr. 30, 2015
Feldman, Louis E. - West Valley  
WEST VALLEY - Louis E. Feldman, 85, of Route 240, died Tuesday (April 28, 2015) at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo. He was born April 14, 1930, in West Valley, a son of the late Henry and Dorothy Goodemote Feldman. His beloved wife of 61 years, Rose Marie Butzer, whom he married June 30, 1951, died Sept. 13, 2012. He was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Church, West Valley. While farming for his father he delivered milk to families in West Valley, Machias and Delevan. In 1968, he joined the custodial staff at West Valley Central School and retired in 1985. During that time he was head custodian, ground maintenance and a bus driver. For 30 years, he and Rose owned and operated Star Vending, which serviced Kissing Bridge and several businesses in the surrounding area. Louie lived music for 70 years, playing steel guitar and dobro, first with his family band in the 1940s and later with other groups, such as Ken Redding and the Valley Boys, Fred Boberg Band, Back Side of 30 and most recently YesterYear Band. He was an expert square dance caller, and people would come from miles to hear him sing. Louie remembered one night calling for 40 sets at The Woodside. He was also chosen to perform in the Langford Church All-Star Band. For the past 21 years, he volunteered to play music at nursing homes such as Jennie B. Richmond and The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Machias, where his band was honored as Volunteers of the Year in 2013. Grandpa Louie's hobby farm was a main attraction for the grandkids and neighbors, where he raised chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits. His maple syrup, hard cider, giant pumpkins and pickle in a jar will be remembered by all. For many years he was a beekeeper extraordinaire, extracting more than 1 ton of honey from his hives in one summer. Louie was a high school athlete and excelled in basketball, making the all-star team. He was an excellent baseball pitcher in both high school and for the West Valley town team. He was a sports enthusiast and loved watching his children and grandchildren play and coach sports. He is survived by six daughters, Sharon (Harold) Lango of Boulder City, Nev., Mary (Eric) Muth of Doylestown, Pa., Kathleen (Sheila Holloway) Feldman of Almond, Janet (Andrew) Medley of Spooner, Wis., Linda (Kenneth) Geraghty-Purdy of Gowanda and Patricia (Joseph) Crandall of Cattaraugus; 12 grandchildren, Amy Jo Spicer, Brian (Dawn Hurley) Lango, Leigh (Mikhail) Nakhimovich, Jarrett Scherrer, Rachel and Laura Medley, Michael John Jr. and Christopher Geraghty, Matthew Crandall, Elizabeth (Ryan) Boline and Erin and Sara Crandall; seven great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Haille, Brianna and Devin Spicer and Kayla, Madison and Jacob Hurley; one sister, Eleanor Brown; three brothers, Donald, Gerald (Gertrude) and Clifford (Valerie) Feldman; and many nieces and nephews. He also had a beloved dog, Abby. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Ellsworth and Raymond; and three sisters, Eunice Linsler, Marilyn Shaffner and Doris Digati. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (May 4, 2015) at St. John the Baptist Church, West Valley. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel will officiate. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor's charity of choice.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on Apr. 30, 2015
Fenton, Verna C. - Ellicottville  
ELLICOTTVILLE - Mrs. Verna C. Fenton, 95, of Ellicottville, formerly of Salamanca, passed away Sunday evening (May 3, 2015) at The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Machias. Born on Sept. 22, 1919, in Port Allegany, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William and Ruth Wicks Coleman. She was married Oct. 3, 1940, to Edwin "Ned" F. Fenton Jr., who preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1989. She was also predeceased by Howard Stark, her close friend of 10 years, who passed away on March 23, 2001; a grandson, Matthew Homes; and a sister, Carrie Bryson. Mrs. Fenton is dearly missed by her five children, to whom she devoted her life: three daughters, Lynne (Michael) Homes of Loudon, Tenn., Jayne Fenton, with whom she resided in Ellicottville for many years, and Kay Fenton of Walnut Creek, Calif; two sons, Edwin "Ned" (Karen) Fenton III of Salamanca and Thomas (Ellen) Fenton of Great Valley. She is also survived by a grandson, Michael Homes of Solvang, Calif.; and two nieces, Anita Herbert MD of Bradford, Pa., and Joyce Murry of Pineville, La. She graduated from Kane High School (Pa.) and Eleanor Beauty School in Buffalo. She moved to Salamanca in 1938 and worked as a secretary for James Fleming MD, until she married. Mrs. Fenton was the president and an insurance broker at E.F. Fenton Insurance Agency in Salamanca. Along with her son Ned, she obtained her insurance broker's license from Hill School of Insurance in New York. She also was co-owner and office manager of Fentier Village, a hillside frontier town she and her husband built and operated from 1966 to 1969 in Salamanca. She retired with her husband from the insurance business in 1984. She was a member of the United Congregational Methodist Church, Zonta Club and Genetaska Club. Among the many loving memories, her unconditional love of family will shine bright. Honoring Mrs. Fenton's wishes, there will be no public visitation or memorial service. The family will be honoring Mrs. Fenton with close friends at a private celebration of her life. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Salamanca. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221; or the donor's choice of another Alzheimer's Association chapter. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca. E-condolences may be sent to john@orourke-orourke.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on May 5, 2015
John, Sylvia - Steamburg  
STEAMBURG - Sylvia John, 72, of North Loop, Steamburg, died Monday morning (May 4, 2015) at her home, surrounded by her family. Born on April 13, 1943, in Salamanca, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Gladys Fatty Jones. She was married to Mr. Richard Cooper, who predeceased her in 1974. She was remarried to Mr. Franklin "Obie" John, who predeceased her in 1998. She was an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation of Indians and the Heron Clan. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post 5296, the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post 535 and the Postal Union. She enjoyed bingo and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. John had been employed as a clerk with the U.S. Postal Service office in Salamanca prior to her retirement in 1999. She was previously employed as a secretary with the Seneca Nation of Indians in the bookkeeping department, with the LC Whitford Co., Coldspring Construction and the former Fancher Furniture Co. Surviving are a daughter, Doreen (Floyd) McKenzie of Salamanca; two sons, Jason Cooper of Salamanca and Chandler Cooper of Ramous; three stepdaughters, Renae Halftown of Steamburg and Stephanee Halftown and Elana Halftown, both of Versailles; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Suzanne (Lenny) Kettle of Kill Buck; a brother, Alfred Jones Jr. of Steamburg; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa Cooper; and a brother, Raymond Jones. Friends may call at the family home, 130 North Loop, Steamburg, beginning this evening and continuing all day Wednesday. Longhouse services will be held at the family home Thursday (May 7, 2015) at 10 a.m. with Al George, speaker of the Coldspring Longhouse, officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Haven Cemetery, Steamburg. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca. E-condolences can be sent to john@orourke-orourke.com or posted to www.facebook.com/onofh.
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Oakes, Katherine - Salamanca  
SALAMANCA - Mrs. Katherine Oakes, 91, died Thursday morning (April 30, 2015) at her home. Born Feb. 6, 1924, in DuBois, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Mary Cheabro Blehar. She was married Aug. 6, 1947, to Mr. Paul Oakes, who survives. Mrs. Oakes was employed as a machine operator at Highland Plastics in Salamanca prior to her retirement. She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish and the former St. Patrick's Church. She loved her family and taking care of her grandchildren. Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Linda Monk of Cortland and Paula Jean (John) Fargo of Alexandria, Va.; two sons, Dennis Oakes of Salamanca and Michael (Cindy Wilder) Oakes of Salamanca; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Atkins of Salamanca; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Cathy Oakes; a grandson, Jason Monk; six brothers, Ted Blehar, Joseph Blehar, Stephen Blehar, John Blehar, Stanley Blehar and Jack Blehar; four sisters, Stella Vesneske, Pauline Duzen, Mary Bergamon and Dorothy Milligan. Memorial visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday (May 4, 2015) in the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, at which time memorial services will be held with Deacon Michael Anderson of Our Lady of Peace Parish officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca, at the convenience of the family. E-condolences can be sent to john@orourke-orourke.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on May 2, 2015
Offerbeck, Wyvetta L. - Ellicottville  
ELLICOTTVILLE - Wyvetta L. Offerbeck, 99, of Ellicottville, passed away Monday (May 4, 2015) at Olean General Hospital. Born on Nov. 11, 1915, in Johnsonburg, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Louis and Bessie Nolan Nitsche. Mrs Offerbeck was married to Fred S. Offerbeck, who predeceased her on Feb. 10, 1973. She was employed at many Ellicottville grocery stores, including Brooks Market, Quality Markets and Tops. She was a member of Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Ellicottville and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a 60-plus-year member of the Ellicottville American Legion Auxiliary and Ellicottville Firemen's Auxiliary, and she was a member of the Great Valley Senior Citizens. She is survived by two special nieces, Anne and Barbara Golley of Ellicottville; and niece, Joanne Murphy of Ellicottville; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Corrine Milligan; and two brothers, Roger and Arthur Nitsche. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City St., Little Valley. A Mass of Christian burial will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday (May 7, 2015) from Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Ellicottville. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Ellicottville. Memorials may be made to the Ellicottville American Legion Auxiliary or Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on May 6, 2015
Sanfilippo, Joseph Samuel - Syracuse  
Joseph Samuel Sanfilippo, 91, of Syracuse, formerly of Jamestown, died Sunday (May 3, 2015) at the Veterans Medical Center in Syracuse. He was born in Jamestown on Dec. 10, 1923, the son of Antonino and Antonina Cantali Sanfilippo. He earned his bachelor's degree from San Jose State University and his master's degree from St. Bonaventure University. Joe was a teacher and football coach at Cathedral High School in Gallup, N.M., Salamanca High School and Jamestown High School. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the MTC Sampson, NY, USS Vulcan, USS Biscayne and USS Putnam. He earned the Victory Medal, American Campaign, European African, 1 star and Asiatic Pacific, 2 Stars medals. He was a communicant of Holy Apostles Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and South Hills Country Club. Joe was an avid golfer and could be found on the course at South Hills Country Club. He also enjoyed his time reading to children during story hour. Joe is survived by four children: Carl (Juliet) Sanfilippo, Baldwinsville; Anne Marie (Gary) Heymann, Tully; Laura (Patrick) Vogl, Cazenovia; and Joseph (Valerie) Sanfilippo, Bay Village, Ohio; grandchildren: Lauren and Justine Sanfilippo, Christine and Michael Heymann, Katharyn, Jillian and Andrew Vogl, Matthew and Claire Sanfilippo; and great grandchildren: Gianna Rose and Joseph Sebastian Runza. Joe is also survived by several nieces and nephews, many of whom live locally. He was preceded in death by his wife and love of his life, Rosalia Frushone Sanfilippo, whom he married on June 6, 1953, in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Silver Creek, and who died Feb. 5, 2005. He was also predeceased by his siblings: Sebastian, Samuel, Mary and Grace Sanfilippo. Friends will be received on Friday (May 8, 2015) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hubert Funeral Home and Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 9, 2015) at Holy Apostles Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. The Rev. Dennis Mende, pastor, and Rev. Joseph Gullo will be the celebrants. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Syracuse VA Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210. You may send a condolence to the family by visiting www.hubertfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on May 6, 2015
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