Jeffrey L. Hoffman
6/21/2007 - Jeffrey L. Hoffman, 41, of Minooka, Illinois, passed away suddenly on June 10, 2007 in the Morris Hospital Emergency Room in Morris, Illinois.
Jeffrey was born on September 9, 1965 in Frankfort, Indiana the son of Jerry L. and Norma J. (Greeno) Hoffman of Kokomo, Indiana.
Jeffrey was raised and educated in Kokomo, Indiana where he was a member of the Taylor High School graduation class of 1984. Immediately following high school, Jeffrey joined the US Navy where he would proudly serve for five and one half years. During his time in the Navy, Jeffrey served aboard the USS David R. Ray.
On December 9, 2000, he married Holly Catalano in Westfield. Jeffrey and Holly moved to Minooka, Illinois in December of 2005.
Jeffrey began working for Mid America Energy, where he would work for over 14 years. He currently was employed as the General Manager for Diamond Generating Corp. within the Equistar Plant in Morris, Illinois.
Jeffrey was an avid NASCAR enthusiast and a fan of Jeff Gordon. He enjoyed golf and loved electronics. However, most of all, he was a dedicated and loving father and husband.
Besides his parents of Kokomo, Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Holly (Catalano) Hoffman; his three sons, Joshua Lynn, Collin Tucker, and Cody Alec Hoffman all of Minooka; his daughter, Hope Marie Hoffman; his grandson, Christian Allen Lawhead and his sister, Tammy (William Deane) Weidner all of Kokomo, Ind.; as well as his niece and nephew, Connie Weidner and Shayn Weidner both of Marion, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Burial with Military Honors will be in Westfield Cemetery.
The MASON Funeral Home on Clinton Street in Westfield is in charge of arrangements.
Merle E. Williams
6/21/2007 - Merle E. Williams, 72, of Jackson Run Rd. Warren, Pa., formerly of Railroad Street, Panama, died June 13, 2007, at the Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa.
He was born February 5, 1935 in Union City, Pa., the son of the late Dallas & Belva Marie Munsee Williams. He had served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Following the service Merle had worked on the family farm and then as a mechanic for W.L. Nuttall & Son Ford garage in Sherman, then John Wiggers & Son of North Clymer and the Clymer Farm Supply retiring in 1988. He then served as a taxi driver for the Amish. He enjoyed woodcrafts.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Silver Williams of Sherman, whom he married February 16, 1957; one son, Roger Williams, of Jamestown; four daughters, Judith L. Post, of North East, Pa., Anna Sue Thompson of West Seneca, Cheryl M. Anderson, Erie, Pa., and Mary E. Riel of N. Warren, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Rodney Williams of Clymer; half-brother, Allison Applebee of Clymer; three half-sisters, Lucille Kahle of Waynesboro, Va., Geraldine Fox of Clarendon, Pa. and Darlene Applebee of St. Cloud, Fla.; and one stepbrother, Richard Applebee, of Westfield.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Caroline Williams, March 1959; a brother, William Williams, February 9, 1979; stepbrother, Russell Applebee, 1956
Burial will be in Holland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 31, Clymer, New York 14724.
The Spitzer Funeral Home in Clymer is in charge of arrangements.
Mona Croasmun Wilt
6/21/2007 - Mona Croasmun Wilt, 89, of West Main Road, North East, Pa., formerly of Findley Lake, died June 17, 2007 at Hamot Medical Center.
She was born on June 19, 1917, in Cherry Tree, Pa., to the late James Allen and Amanda Bell Fishel Croasmun.
Mona was formerly employed at Welch Foods for 30 years, where she held various positions and retired in 1981. She was a member of the Teamsters.
While she lived in New York, she was a member of the Mina Corners Missionary Alliance Church. She also attended the Christian Missionary Alliance in North East. A former member of the EUB Church in Findley Lake, where she was a Sunday School Teacher. She was active in the Findley Lake Cub Scouts of America.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Muriel Wilt; sons: Robert W. Wilt, April 19, 2005 and Gerald M. Wilt, March 16, 2005; eight brothers and sisters.
She is survived by a son, William R. Wilt and wife, Carol of North East; a stepdaughter, Margaret Bair and husband, Wilbur of Rosseiter, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Jan Wilt of Carthage, Texas; brother, James Croasmun of Strongstown, Pa.; grandchildren: Steve Wilt of Harborcreek, Shannon Wilt of Erie, William Wilt of Corry, Robin Pondel of Pittsburgh; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Interment will be in Grahamville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Mina Corners, Clymer, NY, 14724 or the North East Christian Alliance Church, 81 East Main St., North East, Pa., 16428.
The William D. Elkin Funeral Home in North East is in charge of arrangements.
Ann E. Parker Whitford
6/21/2007 - Ann E. Parker Whitford, 69, of Jackson St., Mayville, died on June 17, 2007 in St. Vincent’s Health Care Center, Erie, Pa.
She was born July 2, 1937, in Jamestown, the daughter of Lewis D. and Ivy Dalgleish Parker. Ann had worked at Geer Dunn in Jamestown, and at the former Mayville Central School in the cafeteria.
Ann was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mayville, Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, and was a former Brownie and Cub Scout Leader.
She is survived by three sons: Harold W. (Dawn) Whitford Jr. of Jamestown, Vern D. (Sue) Warren of Mayville and Nathan W. (Ronda) Whitford of Busti; two daughters: Susan K. (Robert) Benjamin of Mayville and Dawn M. (Kevin) Nickerson of Ashville; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers: George R. Parker of Buffalo and Edwin W. Parker of Nevada.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Whitford Sr., whom she married Dec. 8, 1974 in Mayville and who died Aug. 3, 1996; her father, Lewis D. Parker in 1978; her mother, Ivy D. Parker, on Feb. 20, 2001; and a brother, Kay L.C. Parker, on May 5, 2007.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Dr. Gordon De La Vars, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The Freay Funeral Home, Mayville is in charge of arrangements.
Harold J. TenHaken
6/21/2007 - Harold J. TenHaken, 93, of Clymer, N.Y., died June 14, 2007, at Golden Living Kinzua, in Warren, Pa.
He was born Oct. 26, 1913, the son of the late Harry and Delia Wassink TenHaken. Harold had many jobs throughout his life, he had been a farmer and a lineman, jointly owned a hardware store in Clymer, and jointly owned Gallup & TenHaken, John Deere dealership in Clymer. He was a volunteer fireman in Clymer for many years.
He was a member of Abbe Reformed Church, where he had been a Sunday school superintendent, a deacon and a church elder, he also operated the church sound system for 47 yrs.
Harold enjoyed spending summers at Chautauqua Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Joan TenHaken of Clymer, whom he married Feb. 26, 1982; a daughter, Joanne (husband Bruce) Hoffman, of Flemington, N.J.; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; four stepdaughters, Diane (Ted Berry) Beardsley of Alameda, Calif., Sandra (husband James) Woodard of Erie, Pa., Patricia (husband James) Munn and Rebecca Gibson, both of Corry, Pa. Also by nine step grandchildren and 16 step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Janet Seblink of Clymer. Also by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Avalon Kniphuisen TenHaken, 1980; and a brother, James H. TenHaken who died 1969.
Burial will be in Holland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Abbe Reformed Church, Clymer, NY, or the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 31, Clymer, NY, 14724.
The Spitzer Funeral Home in Clymer is in charge of arrangements.
Vera P. Martin
6/21/2007 - Vera P. Martin, 84 of Ball Diamond Road, Findley Lake, died peacefully in Findley Lake with her family by her side on June 16, 2007.
She was born March 20, 1923, in Dorset, Ohio, to the late Glenn and Marie Pfile.
Vera was raised and educated in Dorset, Ohio, and then moved to Painesville, Ohio, where she had lived for many years.
She worked in a bayonet factory during World War II. Vera spent the majority of her life raising her family. She will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
Besides caring for her family, Vera was a talented seamstress, avid bridge player, cook and gardener.
In search of a retirement location, Vera and her husband, Jim, discovered Findley Lake, where they have been active members of the community for the past 30 years.
In addition to her parents, Vera was preceded in death by her sister, Ila Bauman, and brother, Wendel Pfile.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband of 63 years, James Martin, whom she married on April 6, 1944.
She is also survived by two daughters, Beth Buckman and her husband Bill of Painesville, Ohio; Mary Ford and her husband Paul Fellinger of Findley Lake; brother, Earl Pfile of Louisville, Ky.; nephew, Byron Bauman of Toronto, Canada. Also surviving are grandson Andrew Ford of Findley Lake; three granddaughters: Carrie Skelton and husband Jim of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Marcie Bonanno and her husband Joe of Westchester, Ill., and Elizabeth Cottrill and her husband Ben of Cleveland, Ohio; great-grandson Matthew Skelton of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; three great-grandchildren: Hannah Skelton of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Catherine and Amelia Bonanno of Westchester, Ill.
Memorials may be made to the Findley Lake Fire Department, PO Box 158, Findley Lake, NY 14736 or Hospice of Chautauqua County, 4840 W. Lake Road, Mayville, NY 14757. There will be a celebration of Vera’s life for family and friends later in the summer.
Arrangements are being handled by the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, N.Y.
John W. Buchanan Sr.
6/28/2007 - John W. Buchanan Sr., 72, a resident of The Waters of Westfield, formerly of Dunkirk, died June 19, 2007 in Westfield Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 16, 1935 in Okolona, MS, the son of Lonnie and Leona (Ward) Buchanan.
He was married to his first wife Barbara (Armour-Hall) Buchanan July 31, 1962 in Dunkirk, who predeceased him in 1987. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. He had owned and operated Lamb’s Club in Dunkirk for many years. Mr. Buchanan was a dedicated employee of Dunkirk Radiator for over 42 years retiring January 1, 1996.
His second wife Debra Faison; five sons Ingvue Buchanan of Dunkirk, John W. (Kimberly) Buchanan Jr. of Portland, Donald Buchanan of Dunkirk, Martinez Buchanan of Seneca, S.C., Melvin Jones of Seneca S.C.; four daughters, Gladys “Teen” Buchanan of Dunkirk, Geraldine Buchanan of Buffalo, Sonia (Ricky) Buchanan-Ruiz of Dunkirk and Connie Jones of Anderson S.C.; survive. 25 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two brothers Willie Earl Gillispie of Okolona, Miss., Johnny Gillispie of Tupelo, Miss., a sister Minnie Earl Gillispie of Shannon, Miss., and several nieces and nephews also survive.
His parents, his first wife and 8 brothers and sisters predeceased him.
Burial will be in Willowbrook Cemetery Dunkirk.
The Gardinier-Colletti Funeral Home in Dunkirk is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Scully Lydon
6/28/2007 - Mary Scully Lydon, mother of Katherine (Lydon) Wollaston died peacefully on June 19, 2007, as her immediate family gathered around her. She lived her last nine years with her daughter and son-in-law in Fredonia.
Mary was born in Eagle Valley, New York, to the late Edward J. and Charlotte (Knickerbocker) Scully on September 27, 1920. A resident of Suffern, NY nearly all of her life, Mary met and married the late Leo Lydon at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Suffern, on June 9, 1945. Leo and Mary were an inseparable couple until Leo was killed in the line of duty as a Captain of the Fire Police, when he was struck by a speeding car in 1969.
For 42 years, Mary worked at the Avon Products Production Plant, their sole manufacturing location in the entire country. Her many civic activities included a membership of more than 25 years in Suffern’s Ladies’ Fireman’s Auxiliary, serving as its president in 1965. Mary was a lifelong member of the Church of the Sacred Heart until her move to Fredonia when she became a member of the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua. She also belonged to the Sacred Heart, Suffern and Ramapo Seniors. She enjoyed sewing, knitting many, many afghans, crocheting, pinochle and bowling.
Mrs. Lydon is survived by her only child, Katherine, a retired teacher and principal of the Westfield School District, and her son-in-law Daniel Wollaston; her grandchildren, Kathleen Wise, Fred Wise, Gregory “Scott” Wollaston and David Culver; and great-grandchildren Kaitlin Trippy and Kristin Wise.
Also surviving are her brother Henry Scully of Atlanta, Ga. and her sisters, Charlotte Scully Wassmer of Haverstraw, N.Y. and Agnes Scully Newell of Suffern, N.Y. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews also survive.
Besides her parents and beloved husband Leo, Mary was predeceased by her brothers Edward, Robert, and John Scully and her sisters Katherine Scully and Veronica Scully Carden.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chautauqua County Hospice Association of Mayville, NY.
The Fantauzzi Funeral Home Inc. of Westfield is in charge of local arrangements.
Mary S. “Billie” Dibble
6/21/2007 - Mary S. “Billie” Dibble, 93, of Beckman Avenue, Westfield died June 16, 2007 at the Absolut Care Center of Westfield.
Mrs. Dibble was born on May 28, 1914 in Westfield, the daughter of the late George and Mary (Faner) Small.
A Westfield resident all her life, “Billie” graduated from Westfield Academy with the Class of 1932. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, where she was active in many church activities including, service on several boards and as a Sunday school teacher. She had been employed by the Patterson Library for 50 years as a clerk and as the Westfield Village and Town Historian. She was an accomplished writer who wrote for The Westfield Republican and was known for her column “Dibble’s Dabbles,” which still runs today. Billie has been credited in many Chautauqua County Historical books and publications for her knowledge of local and regional history. Billie was a member of the Westfield YWCA where she had served on the Board as Secretary and had been the youth director. She was also a member of Union Relief, and had served as a Girl Scout Leader. She had also been employed by Westfield Academy and Central Schools as a cashier in the cafeteria for several years. Her many accolades included being named as a Westfield Woman of the Year and as a Rotary Community Paul Harris Fellow Recipient. She volunteered at Westfield Hospital as a Gray Lady and was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Red Cross Volunteer and a member of the Chautauqua County Historical Society where she served on the Westfield Lincoln-Bedell Statue Committee.
“Billie” is survived by her two daughters, Jean McCausland with whom she resided and Beth Webber and her husband Norman of Canastota. Billie is further survived by her grandchildren, William D. McCausland and his wife Carrie of Portland and Carrie C. McCausland of Westfield, as well as by her sister, Ruth McCollough and her nephew Mike McCollough both of Norwich, N.Y. and by her AFS Daughter, Sae Saijo of Tokyo, Japan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Minford Dibble who died in 1980.
The funeral will be Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at The First United Methodist Church of Westfield with Rev. Matthew Golibersuch officiating. Private burial will be in Westfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Patterson Library, 40 So. Portage Street, or to the United Methodist Church of Westfield, East Main Street, both in Westfield, NY 14787.
The MASON Funeral Home on Clinton Street, Westfield is in charge of arrangements.