Esther Wilson Marsh

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Esther Wilson Marsh, 92, passed away December 6, 2018 following an extended illness. A former longtime resident and business woman in Brocton, NY, was born September 1, 1926 in her grandparents home in Poland, NY a daughter to the late John and Doris Wilson.

 Following graduation from Brocton Central School, Esther attended the Roberts Beauty Academy in Buffalo, NY where she received her cosmetology license and opened her first business, Esther’s Beauty Cove, in Brocton, NY.

  In June of 1948 she married the love of her life, Elwin Johnson Marsh. After the birth of their son the family relocated to Yuma, AZ where she was proprietor of Esther’s Magic Mirror Beauty Salon  which she operated for more than 30 years.

 Esther was a Past-Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, she was an active member of the Congregational Church of Portland, NY, the Yuma, AZ Sierra Vista United Presbyterian Church, and the Hi Jolly Chorus of Sweet Adelines.

 In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Jack Wilson.

 She is survived by her son Tom, brother Donald, niece Tammy Wilson and nephews John and Robert Wilson.

 A Memorial service will be held at the Portland Congregational Church, 8649 Church Street, Portland, NY on Saturday, July 20 2019 at 11:00 am with a luncheon immediately following the services there. Interment will be held privately at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, NY.

 In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Esther’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

 Local Funeral arrangements have been handled by the Morse Funeral Home , 51 Highland Avenue,  Brocton, NY 14716.

Carol A. Schutt

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Carol A. Schutt, 61, of Benson, Az. formerly of Westfield, NY passed away unexpectedly, October 25th, 2018 at Tucson Medical Center.

 Carol was born December 22, 1956 in Tripoli, Africa to her late parents, Robert O'Bannon and Patricia (Macklin) O'Bannon.

 After graduating from  high school, Carol continued her education at Jamestown Community College earning her LPN degree in nursing. She had a passion for helping others an had been employed for nearly 25 years at Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY primarily in the Maternity Department. Carol had been credited for saving many lives.

 On April 6, 1985 Carol married the love of her life, Gordon P. Schutt. After retirement, she and Gordy relocated to Benson, Az. to be close to family.

 She is survived in addition to her husband by her children, Heather Watson of Benson, Az., Shawn Watson of Westfield, NY, step-daughters Roxanne Buxton of Mayville, NY, Rochelle Gray of Westfield, NY, and Cathy Cettell of Portland, NY. Carol is further survived by her 2 sisters ; Cathy Blake of Benson, Az., Cassandra Roy of Illinois, and her 2 brothers; Thomas O'Bannon of Tucson, Az., and Steven O'Bannon of San Diego, Ca.

 Friends and family will be received for an informal Memorial gathering from 6 - 8 pm, Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at the West Portland Baptist Church, 7081 E. Main Road, Westfield, NY. Private burial will be in Westfield Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, Carol's family would like memorial contributions to be made on her behalf to the Westfield Memorial Hospital, c/o Special Projects Committee, 189 East Main Street, Westfield, NY 14787.

 Funeral arrangements are being handled by the MORSE Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, NY.

Margaret “Maggie” Rogers

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Margaret “Maggie” Rogers, 100, beloved mom, wife, and grandmother, of Brocton, New York died peacefully early Friday morning (June 21, 2019) at Absolut Care in Westfield. She was born December 8, 1918, in Brocton, one of four daughters to Salvatore and Rachel Masdeo. A lifelong Brocton resident, Margaret is survived by her only child, Rick Rogers, along with his wife, Pamela, and family including her two grandchildren, Ashley Rogers and Ryan Rogers. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Rogers, and her three sisters, Angeline Furman, Rose Curtis and Virginia Johnson. She was revered for her beautiful smile, great sense of humor and warm and caring ways. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been provided by the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, New York.

Erma J. Scott


Erma J. Scott, 88 years old of Westfield, NY passed away peacefully at the Chautauqua County Nursing and Rehab Facility of Dunkirk, New York late Tuesday evening, June 11, 2019 with her family by her side.

 She was born in South Dayton, New York on October 16, 1930 a daughter to the late George and Vera (Degolier) Deering. She had been a current resident of Westfield, New York coming there from Sinclairville, NY where she had made her home for many years.

After graduating from Brocton Central School in 1950, she was a hard worker her whole life . She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her 10 grandchildren. She loved flower gardening and enjoyed growing her own vegetables which she canned. She especially enjoyed helping other people.   Erma also loved the company of her three dogs, Bonnie, Tootie. And Shaina.

 She is survived by two children ; Rodney Scott of Jamestown, New York and Marrianne (Mark) Snyder of Brocton, New York and one brother Donald Deering of Falconer, New York. She is further survived by her 10 loving Grandchildren , Stephen & Alisha Mack, Amy Thorpe, Hannah Acevedo, Abbigail Snyder, Lindsay, Phillip, Joseph, Brandon and Alan Scott.

 In addition to her parents she was preceeded in death by her husband Gene Scott whom she married in 1951 and who passed away in 1979, a daughter , Suzanne Wickham who died in 1989 and a son; Daniel Scott who died in 1993, three brothers; George Deering , Gilbert Deering , and Robert Deering.

 A Memorial Service will be held at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 highland Ave., Brocton, New York on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 12:00 pm, the family will receive visitors at the Funeral Home at 11:00 am, one hour prior to the start of the Funeral Service. Rev. Larry Morrison will officiate. Interment will be private at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia, NY at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions on Erma's behalf can be made to the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 N Gale St, Westfield, NY 14787 .

Patty L. Churray


Patty L. Churray, 74 years old, formerly of Portland, NY passed away peacefully, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Chautauqua County Nursing and Rehab Facility-SNF in Dunkirk, NY.

 She was born in Washington, Pennsylvania June 28, 1944 a daughter to the late Harold J. Jones and Betty M. (Bane) Jones.

 After high school, Patty began her career as a housekeeper for the Colonial Squire and the Pines Motel, both of Ripley, New York than had been employed by several other motel/hotels in the County. She concluded her career as a Chamber Maid at the White Inn in Fredonia, New York.

 Patty was married to Robert J. Churray, Sr. whom preceded her in death on November 18, 2008.

 She truly enjoyed spending time with her family and playing cards and board games.

 She is survived by her son, Robert J. Churray, Jr. of Ohio and her nieces and nephews, Val Colt, Roy (Lisa) Colt, and Beth Colt.

 In addition to her parents and husband, Patty was preceded in death by a daughter, Arlene L. Colt in 1986, her sister Violet Colt , brother-in-law, Albert Colt and a nephew Albert "Tigger" Colt, Jr.

  Friends and family may call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Avenue, Brocton, NY on Thursday, June, 6th, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm and again on Friday, June 7th, from 10:00 am until the time of services at the Funeral Home at 11:00 am. The Funeral will be officiated by the Rev. Larry Morrison of the Brocton Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, NY.

 Memorial contributions may be made in Patty's memory to the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, 6841 West Main St, Portland, NY 14769.

Lee C. Manzella


Lee C. Manzella, 49 years old of Westfield, NY passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, May 29, 2019 at TLC Lakeshore Hospital in Irving, NY.

Lee was born December 28, 1969 in Westfield Memorial Hospital, the son to the late Barbara (Groves) and Rick Manzella.

 After graduating from high school, Lee enjoyed spending his time working with his father on the Manzella family grape farm in Portland, NY where he had a passion for John Deer tractors.

 In his spare time, Lee was an accomplished artist who loved drawing and especially painting portraits of just about anything and giving them to friends and family which gave him peace and happiness.

 Lee is survived by his father Rick (Laura) Manzella of Portland, NY, his sister Susan Manzella of Fredonia, NY, his grandmother, Fredora Manzella, of Portland, NY, step-sisters Karen (Terry) Dellert and Kathie Lang and  his step-brother Kevin (Becky) Bremer. Several cousins, uncles and aunts further survive.

 In addition to his mother, Lee was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lee Manzella.

 A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at the MORSE Funeral Home 51 Highland Avenue, Brocton, NY at 2:00 pm with Rev. Gary Nutt officiating. Burial will be private at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery.

 In Lieu of flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to the Northern Chautauqua County Canine Rescue, 7540 N Gale St, Westfield, NY 14787.

Leonard P. “ Lenny” Smith


Leonard P. “ Lenny” Smith, 60 years old of Brocton, NY,  passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Westfield Memorial Hospital.

Lenny was born October 4, 1958 in Dunkirk, NY  a son of the late Richard and Esther (Blanchard) Smith.

He was a graduate of Brocton Central School and had been employed by Better Baked Foods of Westfield, and for many years with Jim Crolle Grape Farming and had most recently been employed with ServiceMaster by Higginbotham's of Westfield, NY. In his spare time he loved tending to his flower gardens and fishing. Lenny was also a self proclaimed mechanic who loved tinkering and fixing things.

Lenny is survived by his brother Steven (Evette) Smith of Mayville, NY and his two sisters, Jenny Smith of South Carolina and Linda Smith of Dunkirk, NY. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece April Smith.

Per Lenny's wishes, all funeral services will be held privately. Burial will be in Portland Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westfield Fire Department Rescue Squad, 20 Clinton Street, Westfield, NY 14787.

Funeral arrangements have been provided by the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, NY

Dale Miller


Dale Miller, 72 years old, formerly of Brocton, New York passed away February 19, 2019 in Bradenton, Florida. He was born November 6, 1946 in Dunkirk, New York to the late Arthur and Virginia D Fisk Miller. Dale was a graduate of Brocton Central School and had attended Alfred Technical University.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April of 1966 and was sent to Vietnam where he served 13 months during the Vietnam War.. He was honorably discharged from the service on April 27, 1968.  He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal. Dale had been employed at Haywood Motors of Brocton, Fredonia Hardware of Fredonia and Rizzo Trucking of Brocton before moving to Florida. While living in Brocton, he was active in the JC's, an active member of the Brocton Fire Dept., serving a term as Fire Chief, he was a life time member of the American Legion John W Dill post 434 of Brocton, New York and had served as Commander of the Post.

Dale is survived by four sons Duane and Cheryl Miller, Ted and Tracy Miller, Dale Jr. and Nicole Miller and Steven Miller; one daughter Taylor Miller, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, three brothers David and Trina Miller, Gary Miller and Arthur and Sandy Miller and sister in law Linda Miller all of Brocton, New York. Besides his parents Dale was predeceased by by his wife Linda and one brother Robert K Miller.

A Military Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1 pm at the Brocton American Legion, 32 West Main St., Brocton, New York. Full Military Honors will be accorded Dale by the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton at that time. Burial will be private at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery and at the convenience of the family.In lieu of flowers.The family kindly requests Memorials in Dales memory and honor be made to the Brocton Fire Dept. Lake Ave. Brocton, New York 14716.

Michael Ruiz Jr.


Michael Ruiz Jr. ,27, of Buffalo, New York, formerly of Portland, New York passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 20, 2019. He was born in Carlsbad, California on January 12, 1992 to Michael and Teresa Schmitz Ruiz Sr.  Michael was a 2012 graduate of Brocton Central School and upon graduation enlisted in the United States Army National Guard and was active until his honorable discharge in January of 2019. He was currently attending Daemen College in Buffalo, New York and was also the President of the Social Work Class. At one time he worked as a care giver for the Adult Day Care at the Resource Center in Dunkirk, New York. Besides his love for his family, he loved dancing, singing and shopping, watching movies especially Harry Potter. Michael also especially enjoyed and loved playing board games and outdoor games with his family.

Michael is survived by his parents Michael and Teresa Ruiz Sr. his partner Michael Rosier of Buffalo, New York; two brothers Anthony Ruiz of California, Evelio (Jennifer) Dejesus Jr. of Portland, New York; three sisters, Samantha (Evan) Davis of South Dayton, New York, Sabrina Ruiz of Portland, New York and Jessica Berrera of California; his paternal grandparents, Nilda and Carlos Ruiz of Dunkirk, New York and Maternal grandparents Ellen and Raymond Franklin of Portland, New York; two aunts, Lucinda Ruiz of Kentucky and Brenda (Miguel) Fred, three uncles, Edberto (Rebecca) Ruiz, David Ruiz, and Thomas Schmitz,  four nieces Evelia, Aubree, Rylee and Zola Dejesus and several great aunts, great uncles and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday April 26, 2019 at 11 am from the Morse FuneralHome in Brocton, New York, the Rev. Molly Golando of Fredonia will officiate.Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery where full Military Honors will be given for Michael by the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton, New York. Friends and family are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, New York from 2-4 and 7-9 on Thursday April 25, 2019. The family kindly requests memorials in Michael's memory be made to the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 N. Gale St. Westfield, New York 14787 or the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue 59 E. Main St. Westfield, New York 14787. The family would also very greatly appreciate any monetary donations  towards the Funeral expenses for Michael to be sent to Teresa Ruiz. 6606 Woleben Rd Portland, New York 14769.

Marjory C. Diehl

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Marjory C. Diehl of Brocton died  Monday morning, April 8 at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Marjory Clampitt on August 2, 1920, just as the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women’s right to vote was signed into law. She was an ardent feminist before the term was in general use and remained so for all of her 98 years.

 Co-valedictorian of her high school graduating class, at a time when academic honors went only to boys, she ignored the pleas of relatives, school officials and teachers and chose marriage over higher education. Three years before, at the age of 15, she had gone to visit her best friend, Ruth Diehl, and fallen madly in love with Ruth’s middle brother, Dale. The emotion was reciprocal.

 They married on New Year’s eve in 1939 and walked home to in-laws house, in a middle state’s blizzard, much like the one forecast for today, making driving impossible for wedding party, florist, organist and guests. The ceremony was possible only because the church was less than a block away and the preacher lived next door. 

 Living in a tiny apartment, literally steps from those same in-laws, they welcomed a daughter, LeeAnne, in 1941. Dale, worked as a page in the Federal Reserve Bank by day, and helped his parents survive the depression by delivering prescriptions from his father’s pharmacy at night.

 Both were still actually children themselves, naïve and provincial. A famous family story involves a portly gentleman on the streetcar confronting Marjory who regularly took LeeAnne for a “ride to the end of the line” to demand, “Little girl, does your mother know you have that baby out of the house?”

 Six months after becoming parents, the attack on Pearl Harbor changed their lives, as it did all Americans. Dale, his brothers, and Marjory’s all left for war and Marjory joined her sister-in-laws , living out the war with Dale’s parents. Babysitting was expert, free and available and she became a slightly softer version of Rosie the Riveter, gluing glider parts for the war effort.

 When the war ended, two adults, one disillusioned by war; the other, matured by work, had to fall in love again and to negotiate a relationship that would last for almost 60 years.

 Supported by the GI Bill, the whole family went to college: Dale, for a degree in business, LeeAnne to first grade in the lab school, and Marjory, happily sampling the creative outlets that college life could provide: Dress design, pottery, woodworking, poetry, cooking. They joined a thriving community of nearly penniless but endlessly optimistic veteran families living in a long row of connected tin housing.

 Marjory was literally queen of the hill.  Almost every woman living under the long tin roof was pregnant. A few toddlers represented infrequent  leaves, but only one woman could proudly share a genuine walking, talking child. Mother and child cheerfully accepted star status.

 1950, college finished: Dale beginning a real career with the Federal Reserve; new house, small and square on what was then the very outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, new baby boy, John Evan Diehl. Marjory began to demonstrate her creative skills. She could sew, build, knit, paint or quilt almost anything.

 Those were the days when major department stores unveiled fabulous window displays linked to famous magazine covers, held lunchtime fashion shows and  proudly proclaimed themselves as sophisticated as NYC. Marjory could spend a few minutes studying, an hour shopping, and go home to recreate  —sometimes even improve upon — what she had seen.

 Marjory, her friends in the neighborhood and their children  were very likely the best dressed in Kansas City. LeeAnne was clearly the best dressed girl in grade school, an honor she did not appreciate. High school however, was another matter.

 In 1959, Dale was promoted to Branch Auditor, heading the Oklahoma City office of the Federal Reserve. Marjory continued to blossom in a new  suburban home. With daughter in college, and son in public school, she added weddings to her skill set: Designing and making bridal gowns and bridesmaid’s dresses, baking and decorating the wedding cake, handling the church parts of receptions.

 Active in her small neighborhood church, she was soon famous for decadent church supper deserts, and painted scenery, made costumes and supervised make up for pageants and holidays.

 Everything suddenly crashed when rheumatoid arthritis struck mercilessly leaving her beautiful and nimble fingers gnarled, painful and nearly useless and her strong gait reduced to a slow shuffle.

 Wasting little time on regret, she  re-invented herself as a gardener, coaxing lush flowers and adequate vegetables from the red, dry Oklahoma soil. She enrolled in creative writing courses, read good novels and wrote bad ones.

 Dale died in 1997 and Marjory moved to New York to argue with her daughter. New York’s damp air  and fertile soil unleashed her Gabor “Nothing succeeds like excess” soul  and she thrilled to surround her very pink house with dozens and dozens of every kind of plant that would thrive in the climate zone. She relished involvement with the Westfield Garden Club.

 Son John died in Oklahoma City in 2009. As Marjory grew less mobile, she enjoyed birding from her back window with Bingo, elderly Yorkshire terrier on her lap. Reading became more and more important at home, and later as she moved into care. The staff at Fredonia’s Barker library and the amazing 2A team at Chautauqua NRC made her pain more bearable. Life was still worth living.

.In 2012, Marjory reluctantly gave up her driver’s license and her purple Ford, making the world a safer place. By 2019, life no longer satisfied. She faded away, making that place a little less colorful

 She is survived by her daughter, LeeAnne Cogdill, who will always be grateful to both nursing staff and librarians. Anyone wishing to contribute, please sponsor a book at The Barker Library in Fredonia, NY. As per Marjory's wishes, all funeral services will be private. Arrangements have been provided by the MORSE Funeral Home of Brocton, NY.