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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
Crowe, Janice "Jazzy" - Salamanca  
SALAMANCA - Janice "Jazzy" Crowe, 60, of Summit Street, Salamanca, died Saturday evening (April 25, 2015) at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Olean, following a short illness. Born on March 30, 1955, in Olean, she was the daughter of the late Delbert and Shirley Jimerson Crowe. Janice was an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Wolf Clan. She had attended Salamanca High School. She had been employed with Seneca Gaming and Entertainment as the concessions supervisor and worked there for over 23 years. Janice enjoyed the outdoors, especially spending time at Allegany State Park; and spending time with her family. Surviving are a daughter, Patricia (Mark Campbell) Crowe of Olean; Janice's partner of 18 years, Chris Barlow of Salamanca; a brother, Virgil Crowe of Salamanca; four granddaughters, Shaylee Wilder of Olean, Courtney Wilder of Salamanca, Emily Wilder of Olean and Amy Campbell of Olean; a grandson, Alden Wilder of Olean; and a niece, Gracie Crowe of Salamanca. Friends may attend memorial visitation Monday (May 4, 2015) at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time a memorial service will be held with the Rev. Marvin Abrams, pastor of Jimersontown Presbyterian Church, officiating. E-condolences can be sent to john@orourke-orourke.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh. Friends may also contact Patricia Crowe on Facebook.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on Apr. 28, 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
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
Whipple, Mila Marie - Kill Buck  
KILL BUCK - Mila Marie Whipple, loving daughter of Leslie Finch and Matthew Whipple passed away Sunday (April 26, 2015) at Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo. She was born April 13, 2014, in Olean. Besides her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Christine Milks and David Finch; and her paternal grandparents, Christine Wrona and Scott (Kim) Whipple; and her paternal great-grandparents, Joyce Bauer, Karen Farnham and Gene Whipple. Also surviving are aunts, Samantha Finch, Chelce Finch, Brenna Whipple and Bridget Whipple; her uncles, Jeremy Finch, Nicholas Finch, Andrew Howard, Ryan Finch, Jason Whipple and Brian Wrona; and several cousins. She was predeceased by her maternal great-grandparents, Pauline Jimerson, Cecil Johnnyjohn and Alexander Jimerson. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday from Mentley Funeral Home Inc.., 411 Rock City St., Little Valley. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday (May 1, 2015) at the funeral home with the Rev. Mike Trenchard officiating. Burial will be in Little Valley Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to any child-related charity.
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Published in The Salamanca Press on Apr. 28, 2015
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