Obituaries

Frances Crino 
Granata

Frances Crino Granata

Frances Crino Granata, age 87, passed away Sunday morning, February 4, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Frances was a lifelong resident of Dunkirk, NY and was a graduate of Dunkirk High School class of 1947. Frances was one of seven wonderful children born to Dominic and Grace (Ricotta) ...

Lois May Nickerson

Lois May Nickerson

Lois May Nickerson, 76 years old of Fredonia, New York passed away late Monday afternoon February 5, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, New York after a brief illness. She was born in Ripley New York on February 4, 1942 to the late Harold and Julia Lewis Leamer. She had lived in this ...

Marvin W. Snyder

Marvin W. Snyder

IRVING — Marvin W. Snyder, 79, of Versailles Road, Irving, died Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, following a short illness. He was born in the Town of Hanover, on August 3, 1938, the son of Joyce (Kramer) Snyder, of Dunkirk and the late Clifford Snyder. ...

Joanna Ruth Burnside

Joanna Ruth Burnside

Joanna Ruth Burnside, 92 years old of Portland, New York passed away unexpectedly at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania early Tuesday morning with her family at her side. She was born in Steuben, Pennsylvania on April 27, 1925 to the late William and Bessie Stedman Ringer. ...

Josephine Leone “Jay” Ortolano

Josephine Leone “Jay” Ortolano, 89, of Silver Creek, NY passed away Saturday morning at the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk, NY. She was born on January 6, 1929 in Angola, NY, the daughter of the late James and Lena (Gerace) Leone. On November 6, 1949, she ...

Jared T. Babcock

Jared T. Babcock, 25, of Newark, Delaware, formerly of Silver Creek, died Saturday morning (Feb. 3, 2018) at home. Beloved son of John and Jami Bab- cock. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock in the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, 736 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Calling ...

Laird J. Eppinger, Sr.

Laird J. Eppinger, Sr., age 80, of Fredonia, N.Y., died Monday, February 5, 2018 at home. A complete obituary will be published in Wednes- day’s OBSERVER. Arrangements by David J. Dengler, LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home.

Winkler, Ronald W.

Ronald W. Winkler

Ronald W. Winkler, 79, of Sheridan, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday morning (Jan. 30, 2018) at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk. Born in Buffalo, Ron’s family moved to Sheridan when he was young. A graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School, ...

Jared T. Babcock

Jared T. Babcock, 25, of Newark, Delaware, formerly of Silver Creek died Saturday morning (Feb. 3, 2018) at home. Beloved son of John and Jami Babcock. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, Dunkirk.

Thomas E. Kozlowski

Thomas E Kozlowski, 88 years old of Brocton, New York, passed away unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning February 4, 2018. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton New York as soon as they become available.

Frances Granata

Frances Granata, 87, of Fredonia died Sunday morning (Feb. 4, 2018) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.

Charles D. Little

Charles D. Little, 67, died at his residence on January 18, 2018. He was the son of the late Frances Rice (Little) Pagano and Edwin D. Little. He graduated from Ripley Central School in 1968 and the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. After ...

Josephine Leone “Jay” Ortolano

Josephine Leone "Jay" Ortolano, 89, of Silver Creek, New York, passed away Saturday morning at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk, New York. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel, 160 Central Ave., Silver Creek, New York.

James R. Eiden

James R. Eiden

James R. Eiden, 67, of Dunkirk, NY died peacefully at his residence on Saturday afternoon January 27, 2018. Jim was born on September 24, 1950 in Milwaukee, WI. He was the son of the late Murlyn and Ruth Eiden. In 1968, he graduated from Silver Creek Central School. From there, Jim joined the ...

Richard Allan "Baldy" Walker

Richard Allan “Baldy” Walker

Richard Allan "Baldy" Walker, 66, of Sinclairville, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018 at home, surrounded by his family after fighting his battle against cancer. Born April 23, 1951 in Kittanning, PA a son of the late Joseph G. and Doris Mae Miller Walker. He was a veteran of the ...

Virginia C. Lelonek

Virginia C. Lelonek

Virginia C. Lelonek, 89, of Stockton, WCA Home, died Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab. She was born April 8, 1928, Utica, daughter of the late Stanley and Clara (Lemanski) Maszczak. A retired employee of Chautauqua Opportunities as a Health Care Aide and past ...

Terrance (Terry) John Ransbury Sr.

Terrance (Terry) John Ransbury Sr.

Terrance John Ransbury Sr. (Terry) 89, recently of Pittsboro, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 15, 2018 in Pittsboro after struggling with dementia. Terry was born September 2, 1928 in Dunkirk, NY to Murray and Catherine Ransbury. He is survived by his brother David Ransbury of ...

M. Louise (Cannon) Ratkoski

M. Louise (Cannon) Ratkoski

Mrs. M. Louise (Cannon) Ratkoski, 91 formerly of Dunkirk, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 1, 2017 at Elderwood in Liverpool, NY after a long illness. Born on August 11, 1926 in Carbondale, PA to the late Kathryn (Loughney) Cannon. Louise was raised in Carbondale and after moving ...

Russell G. Kreger

Russell G. Kreger

WESTFIELD — Russell G. Kreger, 54, of Wood Street, Westfield, died unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 2nd, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Westfield, on Jan. 14, 1964, the son of Lorene L. (Getselmen) Kreger, of Orchard Park and the late Calvin H. Kreger. Mr. Kreger currently worked as a ...

Ronald W. Winkler

Ronald W. Winkler

Ronald W. Winkler, 79, of Sheridan died Tuesday morning (Jan. 30, 2018) at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10 o'clock in Holy Trinity Church. There will be no ...