Mary Jo Schlicker Dudley

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Mary Jo Schlicker Dudley of Bend, Ore., died Nov.5, 2018, at age 84.

Mary Jo was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Westfield, N.Y., to William and Maryetta (Gleason) Schlicker.

She attended Hiram College for one year before joining American Airlines as a ticket agent. In 1954, Mary Jo married Lawrence “Bud” Dudley and they raised three children while living near Chautauqua and Goshen, N.Y., Beatrice, Neb., Columbia, S.C., East Longmeadow, Mass. and finally, back to Lakewood, N.Y.

Mary Jo loved to travel with her husband but felt most at home staying at the Athenaeum Hotel, visiting her Gleason cousins in Open Meadows, her sister Miriam Spears and family in Olean and her many friends in Chautauqua County.

She is predeceased by her sister, Miriam and survived by her sister, Patricia; children: Tim (Lindy), Ann (Brad) and Susan (Michael); grandchildren Nathan, Ryan, Kathryn, Michael, Jake, Sarah, Jordan, Rachel, Emma and Nolan.

A memorial service for Mary Jo will be held Dec. 8, 2018, at Hurlbut Memorial Methodist Church at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Contributions in Mary Jo’s honor may be made to the Hospice Center of Bend or The Chautauqua Fund.

Charles W “Chuck” Johnson

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Charles W “Chuck” Johnson, 88 years old of Fredonia, New York passed away Thursday November 29, 2018 at Westfield Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Chuck was born in Pomfret, New York on August 18, 1930 and was the son of the late John and Anna Lawson Johnson and was an area resident his entire life. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Little Rock during the Korean Conflict. After serving his Country, Chuck began his career as a Truck Driver for 23 years for the Red Wing Co. of Fredonia, New York. In his younger days he loved working in his garage, welding and hanging out with his buddies. Chuck also loved spending time with his family, was a great fan of the New York Yankees, loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, snowmobiling and being a snowbird with his wife Ann whom he married on August 31, 1974 and who passed away June 28, 2014.

Chuck had also been a member of the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton, a retired member of the Fredonia Fire Department, and a Masonic Lodge Member of the Brocton / Fredonia Masons.

He is survived by one son Dave (Caroline) Johnson, one daughter Cindy (Warren) Erdle, two step-children Robert (Denice) Bailey and Lisa (Scott) Brisley, Two grandchildren Kari (Jeff) Potter and Brandon (Sarah) Tarnowski, great-granchildren Nolan and Bryce

Potter and Brayden and (baby to be) Tarnowski, step grandchildren Ashley (Jim) Karalus, Christian Bailey and Makayla Brisley and two step great-grandchildren Nataleigh Fox and Wyatt Karalus. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews; Joene (John) Pease of Lakeview,New York, Barb (Jim) Wright of Fredonia, New York, Robert (Christie) Johnson of Chicago,Il, Ken Johnson of Fredonia, New York and Bruce Stone of Portland, Maine.

Besides his parents and his wife Ann Bernice Johnson he was predeceased by four brothers Milton, Lester, Raymond and Robert Johnson and two sisters Florence Stone and Ruth Sherman.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday December 3, 2018 at 11 am from the Morse Funeral Home in Brocton, New York. Rev. Larry Morrison of the Brocton Baptist Church will be officiating. Full Military Honors will be accorded to Chuck by the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton at the conclusion of the services at the Funeral Home. Interment for the family will be at Portland Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers. Friends are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, New York from 4-7pm on Sunday December 2, 2018. Memorials in Chucks memory may be made to The American Cancer Society P O Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at American Cancer Society / or Fredonia Rescue Squad, West Main St. Fredonia, New York 14063.

James Brown

James Brown 82 years old of Brocton, New York passed away Monday morning at St. Vincent Health Care Center in Erie, Pa. after a brief illness.  James was born in Sheridan, New York on December 18, 2018 to the late Cecil and Cecile Markham Brown. He had live in this area his entire life. When he was younger he had worked at the Collins Milk Plant in Gowanda, New York and later at  the Mayville Milk Plant and Smitties Gravel Pit in Brocton, New York.  He was a Grape Farmer and loved farming, tractors and the land.

He is survived by four stepsons Keith Brown of Brocton, New York, Paul Brown of Portland, New York, Ron Brown of Pennsylvania and Vern Brown of Jamestown, New York and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased in death by his wife Mary Ann Brown who passed away four years ago and one sister Charlotte (Brown) Farnham, one brother Charles Brown and one little sister.

As per James wishes there will be no visiting hours and a Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.Funeral arrangements have been provided by the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, New York.

Donald J. Woleben

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Donald J. Woleben “DJ”, age 74 of Fredonia, New York boarded his final train ride home on Monday, November 26, 2018 with his loving family near his side. DJ was born December 21, 1943 in Westfield, New York, a son to the late DeForest and Gladys (Farnham) Woleben.

Don graduated from Brocton Central School and then served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. After completion of his service, he became employed at Kem Dengler Chevrolet in Westfield, New York as an auto mechanic until it closed. He was then employed by SUNY Fredonia as a Custodian working with his late wife.

Don loved trains, big and small and loved traveling and the outdoors. He also enjoyed tinkering and fixing just about anything and especially enjoyed reading owners manuals from front to back on cars and trucks. When time permitted, Don loved spending time with his many friends.

He is survived by his two children , Scott (Kelly) Woleben of Silver Creek, New York and Kim (Gene) Cook of Westfield, New York and his cherished grandchildren Stephanie and Derek Cook and Brady and Matt Woleben. He is further survived by his three sisters Beverly Mulkin and Debbie Willey of Fredonia and Jan Newman of Virginia and his furry companion Peggy Sue.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Nancy (Loup) Woleben who passed away on March 20, 2015. The family also wishes to give a special thank-you to Dr. Putman, Jackie, Rachael and Jodi of Hospice and caregivers Gina and Kim for their kind and considerate care.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 11 am from the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, New York. Rev. Richard Ricker of the Fredonia Methodist Church will officiate. Full Military honors will be accorded to him by The American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton, New York at the conclusion of the service. There will be visitation for family and friends from 10 to 11 am prior to the start of the Memorial Service at the Funeral home. In lieu of flowers. Memorials in honor and memory of Don may be made to Chautauqua County Hospice, 20 W Fairmount Ave. Lakewood, New York 14750.

David T “Koz” Kozlowski

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David T “Koz” Kozlowski, 66 years old of Brocton, New York passed away Sunday afternoon October 28, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, New York surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 31, 1951 in Dunkirk, New York and was the son of the late Thomas and Joyce (Furman) Kozlowski. After graduation from Brocton Central School, David went to JCC and obtained an Associates Degree in Business. David married Susan Delcamp on November 12, 1972 in Jamestown, New York and together they raised two wonderful children. He had been employed by Welch Foods for 42 years, retiring in 2013 after his 42 years of service. He served as a Union Steward with the United Food Commercial Workers District Union Local #1. Dave was also a Chautauqua County Corrections Officer for more than 10 years. He had been the head Deacon at the Brocton Seventh Day Adventist Church, which he helped build along with his fellow parishioners and family. “Koz” was a Brocton resident for most of his life where he had built his home with his own hands. He was an exempt fireman with the Brocton Fire Dept. and also a member of the Moniuszko Social Club of Dunkirk, New York. He was an outdoorsman, a classic car enthusiast, and loved working in his shop. Dave was also an avid Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He was a very devoted family man and well-known prankster. His love for his family always came first. David is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Susan (Delcamp) Kozlowski, one daughter Shannon (Phillip) Wright, one son Matthew (Rosanne) Kozlowski, one brother Michael (Cindy) Kozlowski and one sister Sandra (Art) Miller and grandchildren Noah Wright, Hunter and Lily Kozlowski. Family and Friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, N.Y. on Tuesday October 30, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. The Funeral Services will take place at 11am on Wednesday morning October 31, 2018 at the Funeral Home. The services will be officiated by Pastor Zach Musselmen of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers. Memorials in “Koz's” honor may be made to the Brocton Fire Dept. Rescue Squad. Lake Ave. Brocton New York 14716.

Mary E. Murray Deland

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Mary E. Murray Deland, 90 years old of Fredonia, New York formerly of Brocton, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday evening October 25, 2018 at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie Pa. surrounded by her loving family.    She was born September 9, 1928 in Silver Creek, NY a daughter to the late Norman and Florence (Scharder) Murray. Mary was a homemaker all of her life and helped her husband on the grape farm. She enjoyed painting, ceramics, and camping with her family and the “Grape Bunch”  She is survived by one son; Paul DeLand of Fredonia, NY , her two daughters;  Jody Strickland of South Carolina and Molly DeLand of Fredonia, NY  and by her  5 grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband  Francis A. DeLand who passed away on August 26, 1995 , one son Roy DeLand who passed away on July 11, 2001 and by a Granddaughter, Stephanie. There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial Service will take place at a later time and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Webster St. Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or go to stjude.org.

Debra L Thayer

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Debra L Thayer, 60 years old from Portland, New York passed away unexpectedly Tuesday October 2, 2018 at Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, New York. Debbie was born May 4, 1958 and was the daughter of the late Gordon Dikeman and Norma (Dietzen) Dikeman of Portland, New York. She was a 1976 graduate of Brocton Central School and had been employed as a Shift Supervisor at the CVS Health/Pharmacy in Westfield, New York since 1981. Debbie married Daryl R Thayer in 1979 and they were married for 36 years before he preceded her in death on December 21, 2015.  Together they raised two lovely daughters, Mrs. Melissa (Tony) Jones of Monroe, North Carolina and Ms. Christine Fregosi also of Monroe, North Carolina; five grandchildren: Jennifer and Aaron Robinson, Derek Jones, Michael Duprey and Nicholas Fregosi; one brother Richard (Michele) Dikeman and three sisters : Ms Cathy L Ruch, Rebecca (Lini) Lauto'o and Sandra K (David) Franzen and  Uncle Terrance (Astrid) Dietzen. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews as well as several cousins also survive.. Besides her father Gordon Dikeman she was predeceased by one brother Douglas Dikeman who passed away in 2003.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday October 9, 2018 from the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, New York. The Rev. Larry Morrison of the Brocton Baptist Church will officiate. A Private Interment will take place in the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Friends and family are invited for visiting hours at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, New York on Monday October 8, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Following the Funeral Service on Tuesday morning a light luncheon will be provided at the Green Arch Restaurant, 41 West Main Street in Brocton New York at 1 pm.Dishes to pass would also be welcome and enjoyed. The family suggests Memorials in Debbie's memory and honor be made to The Chautauqua County 4-H, 3542 Turner Rd, Jamestown, New York 14701.

Marguerite V Smith

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Marguerite V Smith, 106 years old of Brocton, New York went to be with the Lord on September 12, 2018 at Absolut of Westfield, peacefully with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. She was born in Heilwood, Pennsylvania on May 18, 1912 to Albin and Eugina (Bellmondo) Pognant. At a young age, she helped care for her neighbors Clarence and Belle Farnham and remained at that farm for the rest of her life. Marguerite was a graduate of Brocton Schools, Fredonia Normal School and Buffalo State College. She was an Elementary Teacher at Pomfret District # 3, Brocton Central School, Franklinville Central and Ripley Central School, retiring in 1972.

She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Assn , and the former Hillside Club. Marguerite was a member of St. Dominic's Church of Brocton and a past member of the Alter and Rosary Society. Besides loving her family , her hobbies were her grape farm, gardening, canning, knitting and studying the Bible.

Marguerite is survived by her son Harold H(Lois) Smith of Brocton, New York, Three grandchildren Robert H (Cheryl) Smith, Kirk A Smith and Kathleen D (Eric) Murtaugh and three great-grandchildren Andrea and Emily Smith and Quinn Murtaugh, all of Fredonia, New York. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was predeceased in death by her husband Donald Sears Smith who passed away on May 18, 1974, one brother Julius Pognant and one sister Melvina Burton.

Funeral Services will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10 am from St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, 12 Central Ave. in Brocton, New York where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Msgr. Albert Clody. Interment will be in Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, N.Y. on Sunday September 16, 2018 from 2-4 in the afternoon. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials in Marguerite's honor and memory may be made to The Portland Evergreen Cemetery , c/o Jerry Boltz, 8831 Onthank Rd. Portland New York 14769 or to the charity of ones choice.

Linda Felsman

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Linda Felsman, 63 years old of Portland, New York passed away with her family at her side on Wednesday morning August 15, 2018 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie Pa, following an extended stay at Absolut Care of Westfield, New York. Linda was born in Canastota, New York on March 29, 1955 to the late Harold and Eva Kimball Proctor. She grew up in Fredonia, New York and was a 1973 graduate of Fredonia, High School. She also received her Associates Degree from Jamestown Business School in 1993. During her life Linda worked at various office positions in the local area. She also enjoyed being a homemaker to her husband Michael and daughter Nicole. For several years she was a Cheering coach for Brocton Midget Football and then later became a Cheering Coach for Brocton High School and Fredonia High School.

Linda is survived by her husband Michael whom she married on May 6, 1978. The were married for 40 years., one daughter Nicole L Arnold of Brocton, New York, two grandchildren Emma and Cody Arnold both at home, one sister Kathaleen Matthews of Dewittville, New York, and one brother Thomas Proctor of Jamestown, New York. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her half brother Jack Garwood.

Friends and family are invited to calling hours on Saturday August 18, 2018 from 11am to 1pm at The Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. in Brocton, New York followed by the Funeral Service which will take place at 1:30 pm at the Tri Church Parish, 35 East Main Street in Brocton, New York.  The Rev. Barb Brewer will officiate. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers. The family requests Memorials in Linda's honor and memory be made to Tri Church Parish, 35 East Main Street, Brocton, New York 14716 and/or The Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 N. Gale St. Westfield, New York 14787.

Frank Nicosia

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Frank Nicosia, 100 years old of Brocton, New York passed away at his home on Thursday afternoon July 5, 2018. He was born in Brocton, New York on April 12, 1918 to Anthony and Josephine Valvo Nicosia. Frank has lived in this area his entire life. He had worked as a Signal Maintainer for the New York Central and Conrail Railroad Systems from 1935 to 1978. Frank also served his country during World War II in the United States Army in Unit 479 AMPH Truck Co. DUKW. He served in the European Theater in Campaigns in Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy and Germany. He participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and invasions of Italy and Sicily. Frank received the Good Conduct Medal for his service in the European, African and Middle Eastern Campaigns. He also received the Silver Star, The Bronze Star and The British Arrow and the American Defense Service Medal, the European, African and Middle Eastern Service Medal and last of all Frank received The Purple Heart. It is worth noting and especially important to remember Frank's incredible contribution to D-Day. The United States military had become increasingly in need of amphibious vehicles. The new DUKW's or “Ducks” that were being built were not functioning properly. They would start and then quickly quit for no apparent reason. Because the engineers could not solve the problem of its quitting, they put some of the Ducks on various bases and told everyone to study them and find the flaw if they could. Frank looked at them and finally realized that a compartment for storing wet clothing was unsealed and located over a mechanical compartment. This enabled salt water to leak out of the clothing compartment, drip down, and short out the mechanical/ electrical compartments below. This discovery corrected the problem and now enabled the Ducks to take on the Normandy Invasion successfully and that invasion changed the course of the War. Back at home, Frank belonged to St. Dominic's (formerly St. Patrick's) Roman Catholic Church of Brocton, New York, the VFW 1395 of Fredonia, New York, the Fredonia American Legion Post 59 of Fredonia New York and the Westfield Loyal Order of the Moose.

Frank is survived by many cousins and friends. Besides his parents and stepfather Samuel Fama, he was predeceased by his wife Alice Thieman Nicosia whom he had married in 1966 and who passed away on January 29, 1986, one brother Joseph A Nicosia and one sister Carmela Fama who died in 1998.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday July 9, 2018 at 10 am from St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, 12 Central Ave. in Brocton where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Romeo Hontiveros. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be accorded to honor Frank by the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton and where the American Flag will be presented to Commander Henry Link by Chaplin Fran Lus to be kept in his memory at the Brocton American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton. Friends are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave, Brocton, N.Y. on Sunday July 8, 2018 from 6-8 pm Sunday evening. Memorials in Frank's memory are to be made to The Brocton Fire dept, Lake Ave, Brocton, New york 14716 and/or The Brocton American Legion Post 434, 110 West Main St., Brocton, New York 14716.