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Shirley Spencer                                                2018 Memorial Service

Shirley A. Spencer (nee Schrader), 70, died at the Erie County Hospice on December 9th surrounded by family and with as much peace and comfort as could be managed. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Douglas Spencer, who served in the former Western New York Conference. 

Shirley is also survived by her children (Susan Lounsberry, Karen Spencer, and Kyle Barnhart), seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a brother and sister-in-law (Gerry and Elaine Schrader) and various nieces, nephews and cousins.

Shirley was an accomplished musician and a skilled crafter. She was courageous and patient and made a blended family into one whole and loving family. As a pastor's wife she was sometimes referred to as "The First Lady" and she was that. She will be missed dearly. 

A memorial service will be held at Central Park United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 13th at 9:00 a.m. Burial will be at Sodus, NY in the Spring. Cards may be sent to Box 31.

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Vincent J. Meli of Silver Lake, formerly of Oakfield, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 peacefully at his home with his family by his side under the care of Hospice. His wife, Carol, has been serving as Postmaster at the Silver Lake Post Office for several years now.
Vincent was born in Buffalo, on Oct. 4, 1930, a son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Bonifin) Meli. Brother of the late Mary Fulkerson.
He served his country in the US Navy in 1947 and the US Army during the Korean War. Mr. Meli along with his wife Carol owned and operated the Edgewood Restaurant in Bergen NY for 20 years He enjoyed cooking and gardening at the restaurant as well as his home at the lake. He worked hard to make his gardens something he could be proud of and his house on Silver Lake won the home of distinction in 2009 which earned him an award.
Surviving along with his wife, Carol (Davis) Meli whom he married May 22, 1976 are his daughter, Penny Meli; two grandsons, Joseph Meli and Justin Meli; two great-grand daughters, Zoey Meli and Fayt Meli; brother, Salvatore (Sam) Meli; brother in-law, Jim Fulkerson; niece, Diane Fulkerson; brother in-law, Lowell (Eleanor) Davis; sister in-law, Shirley Peters.
Funeral services will be private for the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in the future Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke.
Memorial contributions in Vincent’s name may be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642 or Homecare & Hospice, 450 North Main St #3, Warsaw, NY 14569. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at:
Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.

Cards can be sent to Box 58.

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Phil Lanckton
Philip G. Lanckton, age 82, of Perry, NY, passed away on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. 

Philip was born in Warsaw , NY on July 15, 1935 a son to the late Gordon and Katherine ( Beagle ) Lanckton.  He graduated from Perry Central School.

Phil worked for Lockheed Martin in Rochester as a salesman for 32 years. Phil sang many years with the Warsaw Barbershoppers Quartet. He enjoyed sailing on Silver Lake and working around his home and garden.

He is survived by a sister: Barbara (Dick) Driver of Sarasota, Fl. And brother-in-law: David (Mary) Haddad of Livonia. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife: Yvonne “Vonnie” Lanckton who passed away in 2004, second wife: Nellie Townes Lanckton who passed away in 2012 and a sister Joanne Lanckton. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Bill Cunius

A good man died on Saturday, October 28th. Bill Cunius loved his family, his country, and his Lord. Bill was born and grew up in Buffalo, NY. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol; his daughter Cynthia and her son Jon; his son Scott (Carissa) and his children, Hannah, Kate, and Will. Bill will be remembered for the stories he told his grandchildren, the hours he spent in service to the CIA, to the Silver Lake Institute, to the mission work of his church, to the Chautauqua Institution, and to those in need of his love and comfort. 
Services will be held in Bayse, VA on Friday November 25th. If you would like to send a card to Carol her address is P.O. Box 235, Bayse, VA  22810. Bill will also be remembered and honored at the Annual Lakewide Memorial Service at 10:30 am on July 29, 2018, at Epworth Hall in the Silver Lake Institute. A candle will be lit in his memory and a rose will be presented to a family member or friend who is present at the Service.

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Velma Wallace Bliss102, of Warsaw formerly of Perry passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.

Velma was born in Hume, NY on August 17, 1915 a daughter of the late John and Minnie (Beardsley) Hotchkiss.

She was a graduate of Gainesville High School. She retired from M&T Bank in Perry where she was a teller from 1959-1979.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Perry, the Mutual Friends Club in Perry and Order of Eastern Star Chapter # 497 in Perry.

She enjoyed playing bridge, crocheting, sitting on the front porch at 30 Lakeview Ave at Silver Lake visiting with friends and family, she loved visits from her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter: Sharon (Craig) Pratt of Webster, 2 grandsons: Douglas Pratt of Pittsford, Christopher (Diana) Pratt of Irondequoit, 3 great grandchildren: Timothy, Madelyn and William Pratt, Elwin’s children: Ron (Judy) Bliss of Concord, NC, Gloria (Cliff) Johnston Sr. of Bolivar, 3 sister-in-laws: Arlene Baker, Eleanor Quandt and Ruth Wallace all of Warsaw, along with many of Elwin’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her first husband: Howard Wallace who passed in 1982, newborn son: Braden Wallace, second husband: Elwin Bliss who passed away in 1992, siblings: Maxine Latham, Pauline Bliss, Violet York and Merlin Hotchkiss, Elwin’s grandson: Cliff Johnston Jr.
Family and friends may call from 1-2pm on Saturday November 4th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry where services will follow at 2pm.
She will be laid to rest in Grace Cemetery in Castile, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to A New Start Kitty Rescue 6342 Denton Corners Rd. Castile, New York 14427, First United Methodist Church 35 Covington St. Perry, NY 14530 or to the Order of Eastern Star Chapter # 497 C/O Carol Preen 19 Chestnut St. Perry, NY 14530.
(We will be Lighting her Candle at the Lakewide Memorial Service, 10:30 am
on July 29, 2018 at Epworth Hall in the Silver Lake Institute)
(First Published online by Eaton Watson Funeral Home)
(Also appears on the Blog Obituary Page - Click HERE)

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Sharon Stoltzfus
was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital and put on life support Thursday morning due to complications in her condition with cancer. She died on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Many know Ernie Stoltzfus from some of the excellent work he has put in on Institute and other area homes over the years. Family and friends may call from 2:30-4:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday September 26th, 2017 at the Silver Lake Mennonite Church 6276 Burke Hill Rd. in Perry. Services will be held on Wednesday September 27th at 10:30am at the Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church 3415 Route 19S, Warsaw, NY 14569. 
     Sharon was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 30, 1967 a daughter to Grace J. Yoder of Maryland and the late John E. Yoder. Sharon was a homemaker who loved raising her four beautiful children and being a wonderful pastor’s wife. She enjoyed reading, music, singing, walks through Letchworth State Park, tending to her flower gardens, cooking, baking and collecting antiques. She was a member of the Mt. Anthems Choir Group in Salisbury Pa. for 7 years in her youth and was an active member of the Silver Lake Mennonite Church in Perry.  She is survived by her husband: Ernest Stoltzfus whom she married on August 18, 1990, 1 daughter: Joanna Stoltzfus of Perry, 3 sons: Kendric (Heather) Stoltzfus of Orange, Va., Derek and Danny Stoltzfus both of Perry, her mother: Grace J. Yoder of Grantsville, MD, a sister: Twila Yoder of Albright, WV, 2 brothers: Duane Yoder of Berlin, PA. and Wendel Yoder of Baltimore, MD, her mother-in-law: Lydia Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, PA., , 2 sisters-in-law: Mamie Bontrager of Arlington, KS, Becky (Jacob) Esh of Honey Brook, PA, a brother-in-law: Sam (Rosa Marie) Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, PA, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

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Betty J. Brown January 15, 1925 - July 24, 2017 Age 92½, of Perry, passed away on July 24, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born January 15, 1925 in West Palm Beach, FL daughter of the late Nathan and Blanch Masten Campbell. Betty was employed for many years as a registered nurse. She graduated from the Warsaw Hospital School of Nursing and then worked at a number of health care facilities including Wyoming County Community Hospital, East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw, Faxton Hospital in Utica, Wyoming County Nursing Facility and the Batavia Veterans Administration Medical Center prior to her retirement. Betty was a longtime member of the United Church of Warsaw; was a member and past matron of the Centennial (Stebbins) Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She also was a member of the Wyoming County retired nurses group. Betty enjoyed dancing and socializing. She also enjoyed camping, boating and traveling and was devoted to her pets. Betty was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Coleman, who died in 1960 and her second husband, Harry Brown, who died in 2006 and many siblings. Surviving are her son, David (Annelle) Coleman of Rochester; stepchildren, Susan (Ken) LaCount of Quenca, Ecuador, Dori (Ronald) Stewart of Fairfax, VA, Liz (Chris) Eagle of Mocksville, NC; grandchildren, John (Laura) Coleman of Houston, TX, Caitlin (Kevin) Chen of Rochester; great grandchild, Emily Coleman; many step grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call Monday, July 31 from 4 – 7 PM at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw where Betty’s funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 1 at 11 AM. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Scottsburg. An Order of the Eastern Star service will be held Monday, July 31 at 7pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wyoming County Animal Shelter, 4380 Route 19, Silver Springs, NY 14550. 

Important Dates July 31, 2017 : 
Calling hours for Betty J. Brown - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM July 31, 2017 : 
Order of the Eastern Star service for Betty J. Brown - 7:00 PM August 1, 2017 : 
Funeral service for Betty J. Brown - 11:00 AM

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JONES - Robert A. Retired United Methodist Clergy, of Williamsville, NY, and former resident of the Silver Lake Institute, 
July 4, 2017, beloved husband of the late Helen (Webster) Jones; dearest father of Marc E. (Josie) Jones, Paul Robert Jones and Nancy Lynn Leistman; grandfather of Christina McCombs, Nicolas Jones, Andrew Jones, Corey Leistman, Sean Scott, Tayler Scott, Gabrielle Jones and three great-grandchildren. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville, NY, Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 11 AM. Inurnment will be in the Columbarium of Williamsville United Methodist Church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial gifts may be made to the Two Sisters Foundation of Williamsville United Methodist Church or the Elevator Building Fund. Arrangements by Erie County Cremation Service, 824-6435. Please share your condolences at

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Sue Ann Loucks, age 56, died Sunday afternoon, July 30, 2017; she is survived by her parents, the Rev. Dr. Donald Weaver and Barbara Weaver, wife of Chris Loucks; mother of Jessica (Patrick) Itotia; grandmother of Makena; mother of Jeremy (Fiance Laken Enssle) Loucks ; sister of D. Scott Weaver and family and Sheryl Walker and family. Calling hours at the Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore, NY 14217, and Memorial Service at the same church on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

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August 21, 2016 through July 30, 2017

McINTYRE, Ruby Long                                

September 9, 1918 - July 10, 2017

Age 98, died Monday, July 10, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family.

Born September 9, 1918 in Newstead, NY (Akron) and later graduated from Akron High School in 1937. She went on to graduate from Buffalo School of Beauty Culture, purchased, owned, and operated Ruby’s Beauty Shop in Hamburg, NY. She married Howard McIntyre in 1949 and happily continued as a farm wife for Mac’s Farms, where she spent many years enjoying, establishing, and watching her husband and children participate in Wyoming County Show events.

Ruby was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Perry, NY, always believing in only one God, but many paths to Him. She was a member of Eastern Star, Mutual Friends Club, and a charter member of the Perry Garden Club. An artist, she enjoyed rug hooking, creating her own scenes, dying, and hooking wool hangings. She also delighted in bird watching and squirrel chasing.

In her later years, she was an integral part in raising her granddaughter, and until her last breath, always desired to help others before herself.

She is survived by a son, David P. McIntyre; a daughter, Peg A. McIntyre; granddaughters, Lindsay (Bonadonna) Shearing and Abbey Bonadonna; great grandchildren, Isaac Shearing, Grace Shearing, Caleb Hutsen, and Addison Hutsen; nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband (1973), and siblings, Vernon (Bernice) Long and Doris (Ward) Sievenpiper.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ever supportive Wyoming County Office for the Aging, 8 Perry Ave., Warsaw, NY. There are no calling hours. Private services to be held at the convenience of the family.

Hennig, Brad E.
Brad Hennig

Brad E. Hennig, age 52, of Silver Lake passed away at home on Sunday June 18, 2017 surrounded by the love of his family. Brad was born in Batavia, New York on October 25, 1964 a son of the late Richard Hennig and Naomi Martin. Brad was a 1982 graduate of Coco High School in Coco, Florida. He was a self employed carpenter.

Brad was a member of the Western New York Gas and Steam Engine Association, Niagara Trail Riders, Silver Lake Historical Preservation Society, Silver Lake Institute where he was a trustee and Silver Lake Pioneer Association. He enjoyed doing carpentry, mechanic, and welding work. Brad also enjoyed restoring vintage motorcycles as well as any type of antique engine. If something was broke Brad enjoyed the challenge to get it working. He volunteered for over 20 years at the Wyoming County Fair in their historical exhibits. He enjoyed riding his motor bike where he would race at Pavilion Motorcross.

He is survived by his wife: Lisa (Shepherd) Hennig whom he married on November 19, 1994, his children: Evan and Evelyn Hennig at home, his mother and father-in-law: Clifton (Lorna) Shepherd of Dansville, 3 sisters: Kay (Ronald) Harmon of South Byron and Silver Lake, Lynn (Craig) Bateman of Silver Lake and Kathie (Daniel) Moyles of Charlotte, NC, a brother: Leigh (Dawn) Hennig of Seattle, WA, a sister-in-law: Melissa (Sheldon) Omans of Dansville along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Wednesday June 21st at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry. Services will be held on Thursday June 22nd at 11:00 am at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery in Perry. Memorials may be made to the family.

Atkins, Rev. Janet W.

Please keep the family of the Rev. Janet W. Atkins in your prayers. Rev. Atkins, 90, died on Friday, May 26, 2017. Rev. Atkins served several churches in the former Western New York Conference before retiring in 1991. Services were held on June 3 in Pennsylvania. Condolences can be sent to Dan Atkins, 844 Grandview Rd., Oil City, PA 16301.

Retraction - I am hereby retracting the line in the obituary that had previously stated "She was the mother of Steve Atkins who served at Camp Asbury." The Steve Adkins we know remained in the Perry area and to the best of our knowledge has not experienced a death in his immediate family.

EAST AURORA - Rev. Janet W. Atkins entered into heaven triumphantly Friday morning (May 26, 2017), having reached 90 years of age. She was a resident of Absolut Care of Aurora Park in East Aurora, N.Y.

Rev. Janet Atkins was born on March 8, 1927, in Pleasantville, Pa., to the late George and Sylvia Wright Watson. She married Rev. Dr. William F. Atkins on July 25, 1949, in Pleasantville. He preceded her to their final reward on July 15, 1992.

A graduate of Pleasantville High School and Houghton College in New York, she completed post graduate studies at American University in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Janet Atkins was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1983. She served churches in Alma, N.Y., Allentown, N.Y., and Camp Street United Methodist Church in Jamestown, N.Y., before retiring from ministry in 1990.

Her love of music and singing was apparent very early in life; she performed in church at the tender age of three. Rev. Janet Atkins taught music in the Buffalo Public Schools and served as a music and choir director for numerous churches and congregations, always willing and prepared to use her gifts to further God's kingdom.

Rev. Janet Atkins is survived by six children, Bonnie Smeal and husband Ted of East Aurora, N.Y., Faith Nobilucci and husband Larry of Johnstown, Ohio, Roger Atkins of Chadds Ford, Pa., Barbara Landas and husband Ralph Lee of Albany, N.Y., Daniel Atkins and wife Becky of Oil City, Pa., Stephen Atkins and wife Cherie of Heath, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence Watson.

Friends may call at the Hennes-Garrett Funeral Home, 203 E. Main St., Titusville, PA 16354 on Friday (June 2, 2017) from 6–8 p.m. A small committal service for friends and family will be held at the Fairview Cemetery Chapel on Saturday (June 3, 2017) at 1 p.m. A worship service celebrating Rev. Janet W. Atkins' life will then be held at 2 p.m. at the Pleasantville United Methodist Church, 427 N. Main St., Pleasantville, PA 16341. Rev. Janet Sill, pastor of the church, and Rev. Timothy Maybray, pastor of the Titusville Free Methodist Church, will be officiating. All are invited to attend and fellowship together at a luncheon to follow.

Interment will be in the existing family plot located in the Fairview Cemetery, Pleasantville.

If you would like to leave condolences for the family, they may be electronically posted at Published in Wellsville Daily Reporter on May 29, 2017. See more at:

Eugene C. Woodworth
WOODWORTH, Eugene C. “Woody” --- Age 85, of Thompson Ave., SLI, Silver Lake, New York, passed away at home surrounded by his family and care givers on Monday May 22, 2017. Eugene was born in Gainesville, New York on July 24, 1931, a son to the late Croy and Mary (Bauer) Woodworth.

Eugene was a graduate of Warsaw Central School. He worked for the former Kaustine Furnace and Tank Company in Perry as a welder. He ran the film strips for the former Perry Theater in Perry and the Silver Lake Drive-in for many years, and ran his own electrical business. If “Woody” wasn’t working you would find him in his garage puttering around or working on a vehicle.

He is survived by his children: Julie Johnson of Silver Lake, Rebecca Dailey of Perry, Timothy and Russell Woodworth both of Silver Lake, 1 sister: Mary Lou Matyas of Warsaw, 3 brothers: Fredrick (Norma) Woodworth of Mt. Morris, Charles (Florence) Woodworth of Perry and Merle Woodworth of Pike, 2 sister-in-laws: Patricia Woodworth of Orangeville and Barbara Woodworth of Warsaw, 6 grandchildren: Todd Woodworth, Casey and Lucas Johnson, Kelsey, Jessica and Eric Woodworth, 2 great grandchildren: Willow Woodworth and Pasley Taylor, along with several nieces and nephews. 

A Celebration of Woody’s Life will be held on Saturday June 3rd, 2017 at the Perry VFW, Washington Blvd. in Perry at 2:00 P.M. (In Lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer SocietyTo send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Eugene C. Woodworth, please visit our Tribute Store.

Ryan D. McDanel

McDANEL, Ryan D. --- Age 34 of Perry, died May 15, 2017. Ryan was a gifted, generous, compassionate man. He was a graduate of Perry Central School Class of 2001. After graduation, Ryan was a foreign exchange student in Finland through the Perry Rotary Club. He received his Bachelors of Art degree in glass blowing from Anderson University in Indiana in 2006. After graduating from Anderson, he traveled to China and South Korea, where he taught English. In 2014, he started his own business, Cooper Ingenuity. He had a knack for making vessels of light by combining steel and handmade paper. 

Above all forms of art, he especially loved creating large, original metal sculptures. Out of love for his precious daughter, he has made over 300 “Mallory Flowers.” Most recently, he mastered the art of painting. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Perry, where he was involved in working with the youth group. He was also an active and contributing member of the artist community in Wyoming County, including being the resident artist for Shake on the Lake. Ryan was a guest artist several times at Hoag Memorial Art Gallery in the Silver Lake Institute. He enjoyed working for the Adirondack Trail Crew, hiking, biking, running, skateboarding, and spending time with family. 

Ryan is survived by his wife Kimmie (Hill) McDanel whom he married on August 13, 2011; his mother Jacqueline McDanel of Perry, 2 sisters: Megan (James) Samaniego of Pomona, CA., Caitlin McDanel of Seattle, WA., his In-laws: Larry and Karlene Hill of Chili, sister-in-law: Kristin (Josh) Campbell of Gates, 2 nieces: Sage Helen Samaniego and Ellie Campbell, nephew: Clayton Campbell, and Grandmother: Ann McDanel, along with several Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends. 

There will be no prior calling hours. A 4:00 pm Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Perry Baptist Church, 77 N. Main St. Perry, New York 14530. In Lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Heart Research Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 631 Rochester, New York 14642.

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FRENCH, The Rev. Vernon C., Jr. --- Please keep the family of the Rev. Vernon C. French, your prayers. Rev. French, 89, died on Monday, March 20, 2017. Rev. French served several churches in the former Western New York Conference, as well as serving as District Superintendent to the Jamestown District and Conference Executive, before retiring in 1991. He was the father of the Rev. Craig French, retired. Services are at First United Methodist Church of RochesterN.H., Saturday, April 1, 2017Cards and notes may be sent to his wife Jeanne and family at: Langdon Place, 60 Middle Rd., Dover NH 03820.

SLUSSER, Ricky L., March 18, 2017 --- Ricky L. Slusser, Age 62, of Perry passed away on March 18, 2017. He was born in Warsaw, NY on March 24, 1954 to the late Paul and Elizabeth Jean (Casselberry) Slusser. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Cathy A. (Breeser) Slusser. This year would have marked 44 years of marriage. Along with his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers Robert “Mickey” and James Slusser. Rick worked for Perry Central School for 20 plus years. He was an avid hunter and motorcycle enthusiast. He leaves behind two sons; James (Christina Briggs) Slusser and David (Keri) Slusser; Four grandchildren, Austin, Alexander, Tehya, and Alexis Slusser; Two sisters Kathy Salada and Sue Andrews; One brother Paul “Butch” (Kathy) Slusser; One step sister Kim Collings; Three step brothers: Ernie (Linda) Collings, Rusty (Judy) Collings, and Keith (Charlene) Collings. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and his best friend and loyal companion, his golden retriever, “Jake”. Family and friends may call from 12:00-4:00PM on Sunday March 26, 2017 at the Perry Fireman's Building on Lake St. at the Perry Park where a celebration of Rick's life will be held. Food will be served, casual dress please. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

BEESON, The Rev. Dr. John F., March 18, 2017 --- Please keep the family of the Rev. Dr. John F. Beeson in your prayers. Rev. Beeson, 87, died on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Rev. Beeson served several churches in the former Western New York Conference and also served as the District Superintendent for the Buffalo District. He was the beloved husband of Eva (nee Englert); devoted father of Dr. Robert (Dr. Heather Auld) Beeson, Brooke (Adrian Carless) Beeson and Dawn (Dr. William) Maher; cherished grandfather of Katrina, Rebecca, Virginia, John, James, Tracey, Kimberly, William, Bradley, Kelby, August, Deanna, Caroline, Laura and Derek; loving brother of June (late Jack) Atkinson; also survived by three great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Friends received on Wednesday from 4 - 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (cor. Camp Rd. & Rte. 5), Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 AM at Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg, NY. Please leave online condolences at

KELLY, Sharon A., March 1, 2017 ---

Devoted and loved wife, mother, sister and friend passed on March 1, 2017, peacefully in her sleep at home in Warsaw, NY at the age of 66.

     She was born January 28, 1951 in Syracuse, NY daughter of the late William and Jane (Kearney) Erwin. Sharon touched the lives of many. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State University, and as an educator, oversaw and managed the Warsaw Co Op Nursery school for many treasured years. She will also be remembered for the kindness and professionalism she exhibited while she worked with her husband, Michael, and later her son, Devon, at the family law practice, Kelly & Kelly, for twenty years prior to her retirement.

     Sharon shared her gifts and talents with others in many ways. She was an active member of St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s Churches in Warsaw and Silver Springs, where she volunteered in various ways, including with the religious education program. She was also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Warsaw Public Library and she and her husband, Michael were very active in the Retrouvaille marriage counseling program through the Diocese of Buffalo.

     Sharon loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting, cooking, reading, music, her dogs and traveling.

     She is survived by her husband of forty-six years, Michael J. Kelly; her children, Tara (Brian) Joyce of Boston, MA, Liam (Elizabeth) Kelly of Miami, FL, Caitlin (Sameer) Agrawal of Chicago, IL, Devon (Pilar McKay) Kelly of Perry; her grandchildren, Rory Joyce, Orlaith Joyce, Ciaran Kelly, Giselle Kelly, Aidan Agrawal and Nora Agrawal; her siblings, Barbara (Robert) Blount of Syracuse, Robert (Nancy) Erwin of Syracuse, Joan (Daniel) Romagnoli of Syracuse, Marilyn Vrabel of Syracuse, David (Lorraine) Erwin of Syracuse, Nancy Erwin of Denver, CO, Thomas (Catherine) Erwin of Syracuse and her stepbrothers, William Thompson of Washington, DC, Edward “Ted” Thompson of Brooklyn; as well as beloved nieces and nephews.

     Friends formally called Monday, March 6 from 4 – 7 PM at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw. Sharon’s funeral Mass was ld Tuesday, March 7 at 10 AM at St. Michael’s Church, Warsaw. Memorials may be made to the Arts Council for Wyoming County, 31 S. Main St., Perry, NY 14530 or Make A Wish Foundation, 4600 Main St., Suite 101, Snyder, NY 14226.

MAZZARELLA, G. J., February 24, 2017 --- G. Joseph “Dula” Mazzarella, 86 of Perry and of Silver Lake Institute, passed away peacefully at his Perry home on February 24, 2017. He was born in Perry, on August 11, 1930 to the late Joseph (Carmella Catalano) Mazzarella. Mr. Mazzarella is preceded in death by a son Todd Mazzarella and 10 siblings.

     Mr. Mazzarella was a United States Air Force Veteran. He taught in the Perry Central Elementary School for 36 years and loved watching the Yellow Jackets, especially basketball and football. Mr. Mazzarella was a huge New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills Fan. He loved spending time on his land, lumbering, cutting wood and using his tractor. He enjoyed time spent on Silver Lake, driving his party boat and was a former Trustee at Silver Lake Institute. Joe enjoyed photography, riding his scooter and was an avid card player. He was proud to be Italian and proud to be from Perry, living there his entire life. His family was everything to him, he called his children “my magnificent 7” and he loved them all dearly. 

     He is survived by his dear Patricia (Askey) Mazzarella of Perry; children T. Paul Mazzarella of Lakeland, FL; Terry (Steve) Pierson of Perry; Tracy (Mark) Calvert of Venice, FL; Tina (Dave) Kramell of Wyoming; Vicki (Rob) Cicero Perry; Trini (Nick) Kuzmicki of Perry; brother Frank Mazzarella of Perry; 20 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, along with many, many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call from 4-8 PM on Wednesday March 1, 2017 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, NY 14530. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday March 2, 2017 at St. Isidore’s Parish 8 Park St. Perry, NY 14530. 

BONEFEDE, Lois J., February 17, 2017 -- Lois J. Bonefede, age 82, of Perry passed away on Friday February 17, 2017 at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Morris. Lois was born in Perry, New York a daughter of the late Seth and Maude (Keating) Tucker. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by a brother; William Tucker.

     Lois was a graduate of Perry Central School class of 1950. She worked for the former Perry Knitting Mill, Mallory Timers in Warsaw and owned and operated Tucker’s Boat Livery on Silver Lake with her husband until their retirement in 1980. She was a member of the Perry Overseas Vets Club in Perry. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, reading, fishing, collecting bears, going to flea markets, and traveling with her love “Newt”.
     She is survived by her husband; Nunzio “Newt” Bonefede whom she married on January 28, 1961; two step-children Patricia (Donald) Johnson of Scotia, NY, Nunzio J. Bonefede of Geneseo; 3 grandchildren Stacy (Joseph) Rossi, Gregory (Jessie) Johnson and Michael (Bobbie Jo) Bonefede; 8 great grandchildren; 2 nieces Shelly (Timothy) White, Leslie (Hans) Kunzie, and nephew Seth Tucker.      
     Family and friends may call from 2:00-4:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM on Tuesday February 21, 2017 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday February 22nd at the Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest in Joseph’s Cemetery in Perry.     
     Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or visit For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to sign the online guest registry please visit Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

COLES, James W. January 28, 2017

COLES - James W. May 14, 1934 - January 28, 2017. Jim, a resident on Silver Lake, and formerly of Williamsville, passed away at the age of 82. Born in Conneaut, OH, Jim's military family took them to many places, including living in Kansas and Colorado. Jim joined the Navy and served during the Korean War. He married Anita Louise Dillingham and they spent nearly 60 years together in Williamsville, NY, where Jim was a successful real estate broker, then real estate appraiser. After many years enjoying their summer cottage, Jim and Anita became full time residents on Silver Lake. Jim was an active Board member with the Silver Lake Owner's Association. He is survived by his children Jim (Ildi), Carl, and Shelly (Dennis Astill) Smith; grandchildren, Bob, Alex, Maddison, Kiefer, Matt, Jolanta, Melanie, and Liga; and proudly became a great-grandfather to Farren in 2016. A service was held on March 7, 2017, at 6:30 PM, at Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd., North Tonawanda; afterward the family received condolences from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.

WILSON, Fred, January 8, 2017 -- "The Father of Doug Wilson, Fred Wilson, was gently lifted into the loving and eternal presence of God on Sunday, January 8th. At 96 he was very thankful for his full and happy life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and we too are thankful for his life. A service of remembrance will be held on Sunday, January 15, in Williamsburg, VA, where Fred lived. Please keep Doug and Nancy in your prayers."  Submitted by Faith Fellowship      

NOWICKI, Susan -- The Rev. Susan Nowicki, 60, died on Friday, January 6, 2017. She had been on incapacity leave since 2002 and her last appointment was with the New Hope United Methodist Church in West Seneca. She also served several churches in the former Western New York Conference. Arrangements are incomplete, but a memorial service is planned for the late Spring in the Niagara Frontier District.

WETJEN, Alan J., November 19, 2016 -- Summer Resident of Silver Lake. Alan J. Wetjen, 78, of Marco Island, FL and Silver Lake, NY, passed away on November 19, 2016. He had been retired for 22 years. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Dianne; a brother, Brad; a son, Eric; and three grandchildren. Alan was a graduate of University of Pennsylvania at Indiana, a post-graduate Master's Degree from Florida State University, and many hours from Allegheny College and Long Island University. He loved mathematics and taught high school math as well as being a school administrator. He planned several math conferences on Long Island, NY.

Alan dedicated his retirement years to community service with the YMCA, the Lion's Club, and his church, Wesley United Methodist, where he was a member of the choir and served on various committees. He was in the Masters Class XI of the Greater Naples Leadership group. He served as president of the Marco Men's Club and also every in other elected office. He was the editor of their newsletter for years.

Alan will be remembered as a gentle person who loved to laugh and make others happy. He enjoyed many years of biking around the Marco community, ten miles a day, five days a week.

Many thanks to the professionals from Avow Hospice and Discovery Villages for their outstanding care.

If you would like, donations may be made to the Alan Wetjen Memorial Fund at the Marco Island Academy. Please make checks to the Marco Island Academy and send to 2255 San Marco Rd., Marco Island, FL 34145. Donations will enhance the mathematics program.

ANDERSON, Nils R., November 16, 2016 -- Born in Jamestown, NY, on February 9, 1938, the son of Axel and Thelma Anderson, Nils is survived by his wife, Carolyn, a daughter Marie Lynn (Gregory) Sweet of Livonia, and grandsons, Caleb, Josiah and Isaac. Also survived by sons Steven (Elaine) of Conesus, and Erik of Cincinnati, OH, and a sister, Allene (Douglas) Louie of Salisbury, NC; nieces and nephews.
     Nils was a graduate of Houghton College, and of Syracuse University School of Social Work. He was a caseworker and supervisor first at the Livingston County Welfare Department, and then with the New York State Division for Youth, retiring in 1996. In retirement, he volunteered in a variety of capacities, especially for the Caring about Perry Food Pantry. His faith was in Jesus Christ and his purpose to follow Him as his guide.
     Nils enjoyed flying as a private pilot, singing in men's quartets and church choir. He was a BMW motorcycle enthusiast, co-directed minibike camp at several WNY Methodist camp locations, and traveled in the US, Sweden and Australia, visiting family and friends.
     Nils and Carolyn found their cottage in the spring of 1987 while attending a retreat at Camp Asbury's Manor. Residents since that summer, they together enjoyed canoeing, attending Epworth events and summer Sunday morning worship, being neighbors with fine folks on Lakeside Ave., and hosting friends and family at their special spot.
     "It is well, it is well, with my soul." --H.G. Spafford   

TUBBS, David Norton, October 13, 2016 -- Silver Lake Resident.

PAGNANI, Dr., Daniel J., September 17, 2016 -- employed by Wyoming County Hospital and lived at Silver Lake.

TSCHORKE, William, September 7, 2016 -- Longtime Silver Lake resident; (purchased home in his early 20's,  died at age 92.)


1. * SLAMS = Silver Lake Annual Memorial Service.
2. Names will be carried from the date of death up through the date of the Silver Lake Annual Memorial Service (SLAMS) at which time a new list of Deaths will start.
3. Families and/or the Funeral Services establishment are responsible for notifying the Silver Lake News Blog of any and all information concerning the death of a loved one.
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Death and Obituaries from 
Summer 2015 to Summer 2016;

All Remembered in Memorial at our
Annual Memorial Service 

on August 21, 2016

(Memorial Service was July 30, 2017)

GRIFFIN, Webber (Web), died May 21, 2016. He was the husband of Joan Griffin of Cheektowaga and Silver Lake. (Wants to participate in SLAMS*)

KELLY, Roger L., died December 13, 2015. He was the father of Eric Kelly, and Founder of Kellys Old Timers Band which played annually at Silver Lake. (Elise Kelly will participate in the SLAM* Service) 

LOUISON, Barbara, died March 30, 2016. (Family wants Barbara Named at the SLAMS*)

PLISZKA, Stella, died February 20, 2016. (Family wants Stella Named at the SLAMS*)

SEEBER, Sandra Grace, died July 2, 2016. She was the mother of Lance Seeber of Rochester and Silver Lake. (Wants to participate in SLAMS*)

TURNER, Bonnie F., died December 30, 2015. She was the sister of Lori Koerner. (Wants to participate in SLAMS*)

VROOMAN, Bonny J., died December 2, 2015. She was the wife of Jan Vrooman of Castile. (Wants to participate in SLAMS*)

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