Obituaries

Emanuel Escobar

Emanuel Escobar, of Fredonia, NY, passed away on March 7, 2018 at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA after a short illness. Arrangements are incomplete. Date and time will be announced by the FANTAUZZI FUNERAL HOME, 82 East Main St, Fredonia, New York.

Karen Horlacher

Karen Horlacher, 67 years old of Orchard Park, New York passed away Tuesday evening, March 6, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, New York, as soon as they become available.

Harry F. Ward

Harry F. Ward, age 92, of Mayville, NY, formerly of Westfield, NY, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at home in Mayville surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton Street, Westfield, NY, as soon as they have been finalized.

Norm Cordt

Norm Cordt, 77 years old, formerly of Ripley, New York and at one time Brocton, New York passed away after a short illness on February 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A Memorial Service is being planned for him later this Spring and the complete obituary and arrangements of the service will be ...

Lyle Peck

Lyle Peck, 69, of Cherry Creek went to be with the Lord on Mar 5, 2018. Lyle and his twin sister were born in Corry, Pa., on Sept 29, 1948. He lived his life farming mostly in Clymer, NY. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and gardening as well. Lyle had a great sense of humor and was ...

William John Gerrity

SILVER CREEK — William John Gerrity, 77, of Pennsylvania Ave., Silver Creek, died suddenly, Monday, March 5, 2018 at TLC/HN-Lake Shore Hospital, Irving. He was born in Scranton, PA on January 25, 1941, the son of the late William Joseph and Eleanor (Melvin) Gerrity. Mr. Gerrity was a ...

Lorraine J. (Lori) Gornikiewicz Maternowski

Lorraine J. (Lori) Gor-nikiewicz Maternowski, age 63, died February 22, 2018 at the M.D. Anderson Medical Center in Houston, Texas after a short illness with her loving husband at her side. She was born on March 15, 1954 in Dunkirk to the late Herman and Mildred Kokocinski Gornikiewicz. She ...

Charmaine J. Derby

Charmaine J. Derby, 76, of Cassadaga died Sunday morning (March 4, 2018) at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk. She was born March 12, 1941 in Dunkirk, the daughter of the late James and Jessie (Gunther) Centner. A lifelong area resident, she had been employed at the ...

Keely Kennedy

Keely Kennedy passed away on March 5, 2018, of the Cattaraugus Indian Territory, at the age of 48 years. Loving mother of Isabella “Goobs” Silverheels; beloved owner of “Pickles”; sister of Kevin Kennedy (Luana Halftown); aunt of Tristan and Trevor Ken-nedy and also survived by ...

Patricia Ray 1938 to 2018

Patricia Ray, 79, of Conewango Valley, NY en-tered into rest March 4, 2018. Arrangements are incomplete and a full obituary will run in Sunday’s paper. Arrangements entrusted to DiStasio Funeral Home, South Dayton, NY.

Lyle Peck 1948 to 2018

Lyle Peck, 69, of Cherry Creek, NY entered into rest March 5, 2018. Arrangements are incomplete and a full obituary will run at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to DiStasio Funeral Home, South Dayton, NY.

Eugene E. Czysz

Eugene E. Czysz, 77, of Dunkirk died Sunday morning (March 4, 2018) at home. He was born June 15, 1940 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Edward and Irene (Wysocki) Czysz. A lifelong Dunkirk resident, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-1963. Eugene had been employed as an ...

Michele Ann Hertzel

Michele Ann Hertzel, age 55, of Dunkirk, New York, died Friday March 2, 2018 at home. She was born December 3, 1962 to Dino and Elaine (Fischer) Filipponi. Michele is survived by: her longtime companion Ralph Dolce; her children; Walter Lanneaux V, Charlene Lan- neaux, Travis Lanneaux ...

Charmaine J. Derby

Charmaine J. Derby, 76, of Cassadaga died Sunday morning (March 4, 2018) at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk. Arrangements are in- complete and will be announced by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.

James M. Cole

James M. Cole was born in Olean, NY, on April 14, 1933, to Edward F. Cole and Corrine Anderson Cole. He died on Hilton Head Island on January 29, 2018. Jim was predeceased by his brother C. Richard Cole and his parents. He is survived by his loving spouse of 60 years, Maxine B. Cole. Jim was ...

Michele Ann Hetzel

Michele Ann Hetzel, of Dunkirk, N.Y., age 55, died Friday March 2, 2018 at home. A complete obituary will be published in Monday's Observer. Arrangements by David J. Dengler, LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home.

Romona J. Holmes

Romona J. Holmes, 88 years of age, of Ripley, NY, died Feb. 24, 2018 at her home after a long illness. Born in Corning, Iowa. Wife of the late Rex D. Holmes. She is survived by her son, Dwight (Ingrid) Holmes of Ripley, NY. Funeral service and interment will be held in Red Oak, Iowa. ...

JoAnn Louise Vacanti

JoAnn Louise Vacanti, 71, died Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Dunkirk, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Simonetti) Vacanti. A lifelong resident, JoAnn lived in the Town of Dunkirk in the same home most of her life. She ...

Carmelia Millonzi Lucia

Carmelia "Carm" Millonzi Lucia, 93, a lifelong resident of Cleveland Ave., Fredonia passed away the morning of Feb. 28, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born May 21, 1924 in Fredonia, the daughter of the late Augustine and Charles Mancuso. Carm was a graduate of Fredonia High School, ...

Eugene W. Bauer

Eugene W. Bauer, 64, of Brant, NY on February 24, 2018. Beloved son of Eugene Bauer and E. June Bauer (nee Woods). Loving father of Elizabeth (Adam) Gibson, Erin (Adam) Fierle, Suzanne (Richard) Steinbroner, Casey and Shawna Bauer; dearest brother of Bill (Sherry) Bauer, Suzanne Lynch, Ellen ...