3/27/02 BROCTON, NY - Mary K. Peting, 60, of West Avenue, Brocton, died March 27, in St. Vincent’s Health Care Center unexpectedly. She was born June 29, 1941, in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Edward and Lucille Newlove Lawrence. She was a graduate of Westfield Academy and owned and operated Mary Ks Ceramics and A Little Bit More Florist Shop on Main Street in Brocton. She was a life member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion John W. Dill Post 434 of Brocton. She was also a member of the Ladies of the Moose of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 89 of Westfield, the Fredonia Beaver Club and the Dom Polski Club of Dunkirk. She is survived by her husband, Hugh Peting, whom she married Oct. 29, 1988; two sons, Fred Ossman of Bemidji, Minn., and Edward Ossman of Suwanne, Ga.; two daughters, Dawn Grzegorzewski of Brocton and Kimberly Buchanan of Portland; a stepson, Robet Peting of Brocton; three stepdaughters, Marci Miles of Brocton, Deanne Manzella of Westfield and Tammy Hill of Brocton; and 16 grandchildren. Interment will be in Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Brocton or Portland Fire Department Emergency Squad. The Morse Funeral Home in Brocton is in charge of arrangements.
Paul E. Edwards
7/25/02 MAYVILLE, NY - Paul E. Edwards, 79, of Tamarack Drive, Mayville, formerly of North Clymer, died July 25 in his home. He was born Sept. 23, 1922 in Napoli, the son of the late Earl and Cora Ross Edwards. He served with the Navy Air Corps for four years in the European Theatre during World War II. He worked for Crescent Tool Co. as a foreman for 36 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Westfield Moose, Mayville Legion, a life member of the Mayville VFW, a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun and the War Vets. Surviving are his wife, Alice Larrow Edwars of Mayville, whom he married Jan. 25, 1986; a daughter, Dixie Crawford of Jamestown; two stepdaughters, Connie Fortune and Kay Paul, both of Sherman; a stepson, Steven Persons of Sherman; five grandchildren, Tracy Styles, Nesha Anderson, Kendrya Sheldon, David Calcaterra and Kelli Calcaterra; nine great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren, James Cady, Kris Cady, Kellie Briggs, Joe Paul, Janell Webb and Bill Persons; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and two brothers, John C. Edwards of Kissimmee, Fla. and Robert Edwards of Jamestown. He was preceded in death by a son, David L. Edwards, who died Aug. 26, 2001; a stepgrandson, Lee M. Persons on Nov. 11, 1992; a sister, Joy Damcott; and eight brothers, Ross, Richard, Harry, James, Victory, Earl Jr., William, Charles and Rodney Edwards. Burial will be in Clymer Centner Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 4840 W. Lake Road, Mayville, N.Y., 14757 or Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department. The Spizter Funeral Home in Clymer is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond L. Leamer
1/23/02 RIPLEY, NY - Raymond L. Leamer, 88, of N.E. Sherman Road, Ripley, died Jan. 23 in The Waters of Westfield. He was born Dec. 15, 1913, in Mahuffy, Pa., the son of John W. and Laura Bell Stall. He moved to Ripley in his youth and served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948. He was an independent trucker from 1946 to 1952. He also owned and operated a dairy farm in South Ripley from 1952 until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the Ripley Grange and the Dairy League. He enjoyed dealing in cattle and working on his farm. He is survived by his wife, Myrna Orr Leamer, who he married June 1, 1935; two sons, Ronald Leamer of Panama and Robert Leamer of Ripley; two daughters, Shirley Bodgley and Jerry Eimers, both of Ashville; 25 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Aaron Leamer of Cherry Tree, Pa. and Quintly Leamer of Ripley; and a sister, Lillian Muir of Florida. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Leamer; a daughter, Margaret Jan Houser; nine brothers, Warren, James, Alden, Harold, Cecil, John, Thomas, Delmont and Ralph; and two sisters, Roxee Baum and Gertrude Beck. The Mathews Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alyce R. Freeman
5/17/02 - MAYVILLE, NY : Alyce R. Freeman, 75, of Evans Street, Mayville, died May 17 in The Waters of Westfield. She was born June 21, 1926 in Warren, Pa., the daughter of the late Dominick and Victoria Durant Russo. She was a member of the Mayville United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Paul M. Freeman, whom she married June 16, 1971 in Cuba, N.Y.; five stepdaughters, Lynne D. Leinenbach of Penfield, Paula J. Russell of Mayville, Cindy L. Cornelison of Sugar Land, Texas, Pamela J. Wolfe of Mayville and Julie A. Meredith of Sherman; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters, Mary Scalise of Warren, Pa., Millie Zingone of Warren, Josephine Africa of Warren, Theresa Korb of Leesburg, Fla.; and two brothers, Rev. Nicholas Russo of San Antonio, Texas and Frank Russo of Russell, Pa. She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Peter Russo, Michael Russo and Charles Russo. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the United Methodist Church in Mayville. The Rev. Alan Jones, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Adult Day Care, 663 Lakeview Avenue, Jamestown, N.Y., 14701 or to the Mayville United Methodist Church, 81 South Erie Street, Mayville, N.Y., 14757. The Freay Funeral Home in Mayville is in charge of arrangements.
Carl Tresler Sr.
5/26/02 - WESTFIELD, NY : Carl O. Tresler Sr., 73, of Quilliam Road, Westfield, died May 26 at WCA Hospital in Jamestown. He was born March 11, 1929 in French Creek, the son of the late Ray and Ethel (Curtis) Tresler. A Westfield resident since 1967, formerly of North East, Pa., Mr. Tresler served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had been employed by David Ross on his farm, “The Grapes of Ross,” for many years. Prior to that, he worked as a crop attendant for Fruit Acres of North East. A former member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club, he had been a member of the Westfield Auxiliary Police for many years. He loved his family, hunting and the outdoors. Surviving are his wife, Mildred (Glover) Tresler, whom he married Dec. 1, 1956; two sons, Carl O. Tresler Jr. of Brocton and Andrew R. Tresler of Transfer, Pa.; two daughters, Ethel M. Burgess of Brocton and Alice R. Rykena of Parma, Ohio; two brothers, Rex Tresler of Erie, Pa. and George Tresler of Fredonia; two sisters, Madeline Meeder of South Ripley and Margery Ettinger of Sherman; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Andrew, Donald, Lawrence, Edgar and Albert Tresler. No calling will be observed. Friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service today at 10 a.m. at Portland Evergreen Cemetery in Portland. The Rev. Charles G. Smith of the First United Methodist Church will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Amherst, N.Y., 14226. Arrangements are by the MASON Funeral Home on Clinton Street in Westfield.
5/23/02 - ASHVILLE, NY : Eleanor E. Schmoke, 51, of Wellman Road, Ashville, died May 23 in WCA Hospital. She was born July 7, 1950, in Benezetti, Pa., the daughter of Agnes Thielges Anderson and the late Gustie Anderson. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren and attending family gatherings. She liked watching The Food Channel. Besides her mother of Corry, she is survived by her husband, Donald Schmoke Sr. of Jamestown; two sons, Ronald Schmoke of Ashville and Donald Schmoke Jr. of Corry; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Anderson of Ridgway, Pa., George Anderson of Johnsonburg, Pa. and Mike Anderson of Clymer; and a sister, Patricia Green of St. Mary’s, Pa. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Cornell; and a granddaughter, Tia Marie Schmoke. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Corry. The Spitzer Funeral Home in Clymer is in charge of arrangements.
Esther I. Hamilton
5/23/02 - SHERMAN, NY : Esther I. Hamilton, 81, of East Main Street, Sherman, died May 23 in her home. She was born June 3, 1920 in Edinboro, Pa., the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth Sipps Zimmer. She was a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia and had taught kindergarten and first grade in the Sherman Central School. She was active in many community activities, a Girl Scout volunteer and a member of the Sherman Community Church Club and the Minerva Club. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and all other children she came in contact with. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards, golfing and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Earl Hamilton, whom she married June 30, 1946; one son, Fred Hamilton of Sherman; four daughters, Ruth Braun of Orangeville, Pa., Jane Tenpas and Linda TeWinkle of Clymer and Sally Lombardo of Jamestown; 10 grandchildren, Tim Braun of Milwaukee, Wisc., Chasity Braun of Buffalo, Bradley TeWinkle of Lockport, Emily Tenpas of Mayville, Cyndie and Kristopher TeWinkle of Clymer, Jenny Tenpas of Clymer, Jonathan Lombardo of Jamestown and Matty Hamilton; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Earl Zimmer of Westfield. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Asa Zimmer and one sister, Elsie Hamilton. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery. No visitation will be held. Memorials may be made to the Stanley Hose Company, Sherman, N.Y., 14781. The Spitzer Funeral Home in Sherman is in charge of arrangements.
George J. Kranking Jr.
5/21/02 -LAKEWOOD, NY : George J. Kranking Jr., 87, of West Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, died May 21 in The Waters of Westfield. He was born April 13, 1915 in Warren, Pa., the son of George and Ethel Boball Kranking Sr. He graduated from Chautauqua Central School. He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member for over 50 years in the Chautauqua Fire Department. he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps stationed in Camp Dix, N.J. in 1933 and 1934. He loved going to the weekly auction sales in Findley Lake. He is survived by two daughters, Pauline James of Lakewood and Annette Groves of Mayville; one son, James Kranking of Sherman; nine grandchildren, Duane James of Lakewood, Rex James of Ashville, Sally Klinginsmith of Jupiter, Fla., Laura Bower of Jensen Beach, Fla., Jamie Kranking of Atlanta, Ga., Mark Groves of Malvern, Pa., Deborah Ward of Chautauqua, LuAnn LeBarron of Mayville and Darlene Merchant of Jamestown; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; two sisters, Rita Lescynski of Ashville and Suzanne Summer of Russell, Pa.; and one brother, Virgil Kranking of Mt. Airy, Va. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elnora Miller Kranking, whom he married June 26, 1937 and who died Feb. 16, 1971; second wife, Kathryn Burgess Kranking, whom he married Nov. 20, 1971 and who died Sept. 13, 1985; a daughter, Dianna Lynn Kranking; a granddaughter, Catherine James Dougherty, who died in May 1983; and three brothers, Robert Kranking, who died in Nov. 1972, Paul Kranking, who died in March 1993 and Lawrence Kranking, who died in Oct. 1993. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Fire Department, Box F, Chautauqua, N.Y., 14722. The Freay Funeral Home in Mayville is in charge of arrangements.
5/18/02 - CHAUTAUQUA, NY : Tammy Lynn Gross, 36, of Chatsworth, Ga., formerly of Chautauqua, died May 18 as the result of a house fire. She was born Jan. 3, 1966, in Westfield, the daughter of Alan D. and June Fardink Gross. She enjoyed horses, camping and her family. Her laugh will be missed by all. Besides her father of Cherry Creek and her mother of Mayville, she is survived by two daughters, Telisha Langston of Dalton and Taylor Gross of Chatsworth; a son, Benjamin Lanney of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, Timothy Gross of Mayville; two sisters, Tabitha Gross of Jamestown and Tiffany Gross of Raleigh; and her maternal grandmother, Elnora Fardink of Mayville. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Milton Fardink; and her paternal grandparents, Earl C. and Mildred A. Gross. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Freay Funeral Home in Mayville. No visitation will be observed. The Freay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.