Donna Mae McClean

Donna Mae McClean ,76 years old of Brocton, New York passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side on Friday evening February 22, 2019. She was born in Traverse City, Michigan on June 1, 1942 and was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mildred Honhke Hilts. She made her home in Brocton for the past 24 years and formerly lived in Fredonia, New York. Donna made her life as a homemaker and most of all  loved and especially enjoyed taking care of her family.  She also loved sewing, ceramics, making wood figurines and painting them and spending time in her yard grooming it and making it look nice.

She is survived by three sons Brian (Helen) McClean of Fredonia, N.Y , Darryl (Pam) McClean of Battle Creek Michigan and Allen (Nidia) McClean of Lancaster, South Carolina, six grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Gerald McClean who passed away November 30, 2010 and one brother Ronald Hilts.

Funeral Services will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10 am from the Morse Funeral Home in Brocton, N.Y. The Rev. Jim Witherington of Hospice will officiate. Interment will be in Webster St. Cemetery in Pomfret. Friends are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, N.Y. on Tuesday February 26 from 2-4 and 6-8. The family wishes donations in Dona's memory be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmount Ave. Lakewood, New York 14750.

Esther Alta Delcamp Noel


Esther Alta Delcamp Noel was promoted home to Glory with her Lord and Savior on February 22, 2019. She was born on November 17, 1934 to the late Bert and Mildred Delcamp as a middle child in a family of thirteen. She was a graduate of Brocton Central School in June of 1952. On September 3, 1954, she was united in marriage by the Rev. Fred Marshall to Dean Noel, formerly of Fredonia. NY. They resided in Brocton for the majority of their marriage until relocating to Florida in 1986. Upon retirement, she enjoyed the benefits of their lifetime family home near the shores of Lake Erie in Brocton and spending the winter months in Florida near her two children.

 Mrs. Noel was employed throughout much of her younger years working with her hands at various companies that offered flexibility for her family. After her children matured, she worked in the germination office of Fredonia Seed Company. When she and her family relocated to Florida, she was employed in the office of the Osceola News Gazette until her retirement in 1996. 

 She was an active member of the First Portland Baptist Church in Brocton, NY for many years. She taught Sunday School there as a Kindergarten Teacher, sang in the church choir, and was also an active member of the King’s Daughters Society of the church which supported various ministries around the world with needed materials, supplies and clothing for the needy. The organization also supported the local church in its local ministry. In her later years, she attended West Portland Baptist Church while in NY during the summer months and First Baptist Church of St. Cloud while spending the winters in Florida. She also volunteered at St. Cloud Christian School in Florida when her son served as Administrator of the school. She often assisted in campaign drives for the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. 

 Esther was a humble person with a soft heart and believed in helping others. She had an immense genuine love for nature and being outdoors, working with her vegetable garden and fruit trees, nurturing the harvest and then canning for not only her and husband, but for their two children and grandchildren as a labor of love. As a young mother, she was instrumental in the harvest and success of their small grape farm in Brocton. She enjoyed the beauty of nature as much as possible, and took many vacations sightseeing throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada with her family, many by RV. Upon retirement, you would find her enjoying a cup of coffee in her backyard, meditating, praying, or listening to the birds and enjoying the serenity and beauty of nature that she so enjoyed either by herself or with family and friends. Being a motivated individual, Mrs. Noel also enjoyed sewing, painting, crafts, decorating, listening to music, remodeling, sunbathing and walking the beach collecting shells, fishing, gardening, camping and serene sunsets. But she truly enjoyed the time spent with her children and grandchildren the most, including her son and daughter- in- law who she treated as her own….all of which will miss her deeply. 

 Much love and appreciation to Maria Ramirez, her loving and generous caretaker for the past two and a half years. Mom connected with her and loved her dearly. 

 Mrs. Noel is survived by her husband of 64 ½ years, Dean Noel, daughter, LuAnn Lesniak and husband Ronald; son Randy D. Noel and wife Gail; four grandchildren, Mark Lesniak, Julie Lesniak (Ada), Bryan Noel and Michele (Shelley) Noel; one great grandson Christopher Dean Lesniak; sisters Winifred Colt, Belvia Burton, Dianna Giambra, and Rachel Marczynski, sister-in-law Susan Delcamp, several cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bert Delcamp Sr and Mildred Schrader Delcamp, sister Shirley Becker, brothers (baby) Emerson Delcamp, Bert (Bud) Delcamp Jr., Edwin Delcamp; Ralph “Vincent” Delcamp, Merle Delcamp, Dewey Delcamp and Wayne Delcamp. 
 Funeral services will be held at the Brocton Baptist Church, 33 W Main Street in Brocton, NY 14716 on March 2, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. The family will receive friends and family two hours prior to the service at the Church. Interment will be at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, NY. Pastor Larry Morrison of the Brocton Baptist Church will officiate. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Avenue, Brocton, NY.

Beverly J. Cobb


Beverly J. Cobb, 82, formerly of Fredonia, NY went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday morning , February 22, 2019 from the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab Facility in Dunkirk, NY. She was born in Dunkirk, New York on November 19, 1936 and was the daughter of the late Stuart and Florence Bolling Burdick. She lived in this area her whole life . Beverly was a 1954 graduate of Brocton Central School and made her life as a Homemaker taking loving care of her family. She married her High School sweetheart Emerson Cobb and they were married for 57 years before he passed away  on November 14, 2017. Beverly loved gardening,  knitting, crocheting and embroidery. She was a avid bird lover and enjoyed all of natures beauty.

She is survived by one daughter Robin (Ronald) Frommer of Laona, New York and one son Kevin (Linda) Cobb of Sheridan, New York, four grandchildren Jessie Cobb, Esther Cobb, Emily Cobb and Christopher Frommer.

As per the families wishes the Funeral Services and Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers. The family wishes Memorials in Beverly's memory be made to Gage Chapel Kitchen, 465 King Rd. Forestville, New York 14062.

George Lawrence Riforgiat

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George Lawrence Riforgiat, 88, of “Mathews Rd, USA”, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 16, 2019. He was born December 30, 1930, the son of the late Samuel and Veronica Riforgiato. George was a 1949 graduate of Brocton Central School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. George worked for many years as a pipefitter for Sandberg Fire Protection Local 669. He also owned and operated a grape farm and served as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at Brocton Central School. He retired in 1994, spending his days tending to his garden and home, spending time with dear friends of many years in the community, and traveling to see his family. George was an active member of St. Dominic Parish in Brocton, Brocton American Legion Post 434, Westfield Moose, and Westfield VFW. George was the epitome of a gentleman and the true patriarch of the “mess” that he proudly created. He was devoted to his wife and was always by her side. George carried that same love to each of his children and grandchildren and was always proud of their individual accomplishments. Although he was a man of few words, he had a welcoming presence and a vast library of one-liners, his infamous “George-isms” and a nickname for everyone and everything. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 63 years, Mabel (Colvin) Riforgiat, whom he married on April 23, 1955; children, Mark (Kelly) Riforgiat of Bradenton, FL, Gary (Cindy) Riforgiat of Lakeland, FL, Lynn Riforgiat, of Portland, and Sharon (Rodney) Poznanczyk of Chester, VA; sister, Elvera “Pete” LeGrano; sister-in-law, Gail Riforgiat; grandchildren, Amy (Patrick) McCloskey, Stephen (Samantha) Riforgiat, Connie (Chris) Allen, Ryan (Kourtney) Poznanczyk, Wilson (Stacy) Riforgiat, and Wesley Riforgiat; great-grandchildren, Lily, Ja’Keria, Abby, Taylor, Quinn, Rory, and Tommy; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends that he loved as though they were family. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, A. Bud Riforgiat and nephew, Blaine Riforgiat. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 4-8pm at Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Avenue, Brocton, NY 14716. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at St. Dominic – Roman Catholic Church, 12 Central Avenue, Brocton, NY 14716 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Portland Volunteer Fire Department in George’s honor at 6841 W. Main Street, Portland, NY 14769.

Mickey Eileen Mitchell


Mickey Eileen Mitchell, 70 years old of Portland, New York passed away Sunday afternoon February 10, 2019 at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie Pa. after a short illness. She was born in Dunkirk, New York on February 20, 1948 and was the daughter of the late Norman and Genevieve Gorman Munson and lived in this area her entire life. She was a 1966 graduate of Brocton Central School and was employed at one time at the former New York Store of Dunkirk, New York, Welches of Westfield, New York and Ahira Hall Memorial Library of Brocton, New York. Mickey worked also on the Board of Elections and was a member of the Portland Congretional Church of Portland, New York and served as a member on the Cable Committee . Besides her family Mickey loved  crocheting, beading, having a good cup of coffee at the Brocton Diner, sitting in the front yard on summer evenings watching the cars go by and always reading a good book. She also loved her many cats and dogs especially her beloved “Chipper”.

Mickey is survived by her husband Robert Lyle Mitchell of Portland, New York, one daughter Phoebe ( Jonathon) Long of Sheridan, New York and one son Jay Mitchell of  Stockton, New York, five grandchildren Summer Marie Mitchell, Anthony Thomas Mitchell, Lyle Michael Mitchell, Marah Elizabeth Long, and Jonathan Matthew Long, one sister Mary Ann Sell of Fredonia, New York,one brother Henry Munson of Texas. and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by one son Jed Elton Mitchell who passed away September 30, 1986, two brother Harry and Thomas Munson. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am on Thursday February 14, 2019 from the Morse Funeral Home in Brocton, New York, the Rev. Josh Ehmke of the Portland Congregational Church will officiate. Interment will be private at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave, Brocton, New York on Wednesday February 13, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9.Memorials in Mickey's honor may be made to either the Portland Fire Dept., Rt. 20 West Main Rd., Portland, New York 14769 or the Brocton Fire Dept., Lake Ave. Brocton, New York 14716.

Leona (Woleben) Tranquist

Leona (Woleben) Tranquist, age 88, formerly of Portland, NY died peacefully Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab Facility in Dunkirk, NY.

 She was born on November 10, 1930, the  daughter of the late Jay and Bernice (Wilber) Woleben.

 Leona had also been a former member of the Portland Congregational Church of Portland, N.Y.

 Leona is survived by her husband Arnold Tranquist and a daughter, Linda Messinger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her six brothers, Harlo, Arthur, DeForest, Clarence, Fredrick, and Ferris Woleben.

As per her wishes there will be no visitation and aMemorialService will be announced at a later date andat the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements were providedby the Morse Funeral Home, Brocton, NY 14716.

Clara B. (Link) “Birdie” Fellinger

Clara B. (Link) "Birdie" Fellinger, 85,  passed away peacefully on January 29, 2019 at her home in Portland, NY after an extended illness. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Birdie was born on November  21, 1933 in Stockton, NY a daughter of the late Carl and Theona (Wachob) Link and remained a lifelong resident of the area.

 On January 21, 1950 Birdie married Thomas J. “Al” Fellinger and spent, what she described as, “an exciting 68 years together” before his passing in 2008.

 She had been employed by the M. Wile Sewing Factory in Dunkirk, NY as a seamstress for 42 years, and after her retirement she enjoyed spending her time camping at her Blue Water Beach Campsite, helping her husband in the shop, playing BINGO, and shopping with her sister, Ethel.  

 When asked what her greatest accomplishment in life was, Birdie would quickly reply, “My family; I’m blessed with a wonderful family.” Her family includes her two sons, Terry (Stephenie) Fellinger of Fredericksburg, Va and Paul (Mary Ford) Fellinger of Findley Lake, NY; six grandchildren, Julie (Terrance) Hamlett, Jamie (Jeffrey) Sotzing, Jeanie (Frank) Carr, Jennie (Edward) Whelan, IV, Elizabeth (Ben) Cottrill, and Andrew Ford; fourteen great-grandchildren, and one great- great grandchild. Birdie’s sisters and brothers include Irene Richardson of Bell, FL, Ethel Carpenter of Brocton,NY ; Ronald (Diane) Link of Fredonia,NY  and Henry (Carol) Link of Portland, NY. In addition, Birdie was blessed with many nieces and nephews. At the end of her illness, Birdie was surrounded by caretakers who became more like family to her. They brought happiness to her life and treated her with much love and kindness.  

 Birdie will be most remembered for her sharp mind and kind heart. She was a walking Historian , always remembering family lineage and stories. And, she never missed an opportunity to send a card for a birthday or anniversary.  

 In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Link.
 Family and friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave., Brocton, NY, 14716 on February 9, 2019 from 11 am until the time of service there at 12 pm with the Rev. James Witherington, Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Chautauqua County Hospice, 20 W Fairmount Ave, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Portland Fire Department, 6481 W Main Rd; Portland, New York 14769 for the exceptional care they showed Birdie during her short illness.

Paul Hugh Farver


Paul Hugh Farver, 93, of Brocton, New York died Sunday, January 20, 2019 at home after a sudden illness.

He was born May 17, 1925 in Mahoningtown, Pennsylvania a son to the late Ernest O. and Lydia C. (Ball) Farver.

 Paul was a graduate of Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and did graduate work at several universities including Syracuse and the University of Rochester. He served his Country with the US Marine Corp in World War II including a tour in the Philippines. Paul was a high school Biology Teacher and then a Guidance Counselor at Lyons, NY and then at Brocton Central School where he workedfor18 years until his retirement. Students noted that he showed them patience, understanding and friendship and gave them a sense of direction.

 He married the love of his life, Gwendolyn “Gwen” Allen on August 12, 1949 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She preceded him in death on June 23, 2018 after 68 years of marriage. Together they raised five loving children ; Ernest (Priscilla) Farver of Mayville, NY; Thomas (Deborah) Farver of Hamden, Connecticut; Alice (Randy) Wilder of Tucson, Arizona; Kathleen (James) Southwick of Kennedy, NY; and John (Margaret) Farver of Holland, Ohio. He is further survived by nine cherished grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren and his brother Kenneth Farver.

In addition to his parents and his wife he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Farver.

 Paul loved spending time with his family but most of all the annual 4th of July family reunion was the highlight of the year. He also enjoyed working in his garden and was an avid bird watcher and was a member of the Lake Erie Bird Club for many years. Neighbors would often see him walking along the road and were always greeted with a wave and a smile.

 Private interment was in the Castleview Memorial Gardens in New Castle, Pennsylvania. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Paul’s life this summer which will be announced at a later date.

 Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave., Brocton, NY 14716.

Vickie Marie Maher

Vickie Marie Maher (Starr) of Brocton, New York passed away peacefully on January 4, 2019 at the age of 69.

Vickie was born to parents Mabel and Joseph Starr on July 1, 1949, in Huntingdon, Pa. She was the eldest of four children and graduated from Waterloo High School in Waterloo, New York. After high school she attended SUNY College at Fredonia and graduated with a degree in education in 1971. On August 15, 1970 she married Robert William Maher Jr. (Bill) and together they lived for a brief time in Bemus Point, NY before moving to Brocton where they currently reside.

Vickie was the beloved nursery school teacher at Tri-Church Nursery School from 1984 until her retirement in 2003. She was a member of the Brocton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and The St. Ann's Society of St. Patrick's RC Church. She enjoyed gardening, reading, the company of close friends and trips to the ocean. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Bill, their three children, Kelly (McGarry) and Jon of East Aurora, NY, Stephen And Melanie Maher of Calverton, NY; Jeffery and Nicole Maher of Silver Creek, NY and five grandchildren, Lily, Abigail, Will, Ben and Avalynn. She is also survived by her brother Dan Starr and sister-in-law, Lori of Canandaigua, NY, sister Debbie Bowe of Ocala, Fl, nieces Brittany, Sarah and Brooke; nephews, Nick and Chris along with many aunts and uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and Joseph and her sister Jody

A private burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Brocton Fire Dept.or the Brocton EMS Squad, Lake Ave, Brocton, NY 14716 or Ahira Hall Memorial Library, 37 West Main St., Brocton, NY 14716

Funeral arrangements have been provided by the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, New York.

Ronald William Test


Ronald William Test, 79 years old of Brocton New York passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday evening December 17, 2018. He was born in Fredonia, New York on September 13, 1939 to the late William and Marjorie Guest Test and has lived in this area his entire life. As a young man he served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed at Al Tech Specialty Steel in Dunkirk for 32 years until his retirement. Ron also was a member of the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton, New York. Besides loving his family he also enjoyed working on tractors and building computers, attending tractor pulls, going to the Casino, reading and traveling/camping.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie A (Davidson) Test whom he married on January 15, 1966 in Fredonia, New York and four children Ronald (Teri) Test of Cherry Creek, Sandra (Darren) Buck of Brocton, Cathryn (Mike Dotson) Millin of Brocton and Laura (Michael) Shelters of Brocton, three brothers Richard (Late Ann Marie) Test of Dunkirk, Ernest (Shirley) Test of Pinnellis Park and David (Ann Marie) Test of Dunkirk, two uncles Richard Guest of Ohio and Denton (Sue) Guest of California, one sister-in-law Mary Test, 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his two brothers Raymond and Robert Test, one sister Marjorie Bannister,one grandson Merle Jack Millin, and grandparents Nina Guest Thompson and Ronald Guest.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am on Saturday December 22, 2018 from the Morse Funeral Home in Brocton, New York with the Rev. Jim LaBarr of Harvest Chapel in Fredonia officiating. Full military will be accorded Ron by the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton at the Funeral Home at the conclusion of the Funeral Service. Interment will be at Webster St. Cemetery in Fredonia, New York. Friends are invited to call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave, Brocton, New York from 4-7 pm on Friday, December 21, 2018. The family suggests Memorials in Ron's memory and Honor be made to the Brocton Fire Dept. Lake Ave. Brocton, New York 14716 and/or The American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton, 110 West Main St., Brocton, New York 14716.