Obituaries

Anna Maria (Krakowiak) Babcock

Anna Maria (Krakowiak) Babcock died on March 7, 2018 at her home in Snellville, Georgia after a long illness. Anna was a survivor of ovarian cancer. Shortly after her recovery, she was diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer, which took her life. Anna was born to Wladislawa "Lottie" (Bulera) ...

Rita Muzacz (Ippolito)

Rita Muzacz (Ippolito), of Fredonia, N.Y., age 70, died February 28, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital from complications of heart and lung disease. She was born in Dunkirk, N.Y. on November 17, 1947 to the late Concetta (Saletta) Ippolito and the late Anthony Ippolito. She is survived by her ...

Gary L. Trippy

WESTFIELD — Gary L. Trippy, age 67, of Washington Street, Westfield, died Thursday, March 15, 2018 at home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in Sunday's OBSERVER by the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY.

Sylvia A. Schibetta

With the Lord as her guiding light, and her husband and children by her side, Sylvia A. Schibetta of Fredonia, NY, died on Sunday March 11, 2018. She was 81. The wife of Charles Schibetta, they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on March 5, 2018. Loving mother of 8 children and ...

Efrain G. Ortiz

Efrain G. Ortiz, 81, of Dunkirk died unexpectedly Tuesday (March 13, 2018) at home. He was born Oct. 24, 1936 in Youc, Puerto Rico, the son of the late Carmelo Galarza and Enriqueta Ortiz. Efrain had worked in the farming industry at various companies in the area. An avid outdoorsman, ...

Timothy J. Elfman

Timothy J. Elfman passed away suddenly and unexpectantly Sunday, March 13, 2018. Born and raised in Dunkirk, New York, he graduated from Cardinal Mindszenty High School in 1976. He has been a Florida resident since 1983. Timothy was previously employed at Disney Theme Parks then went on to ...

Mary M. (Sheffield) Wachter

Mary M. Wachter of Dunkirk, New York, died on March 15, 2018 after a short illness. Wife of the late Randall Wachter. Arrangements are incomplete. Date and time will be announced by THE FANTAUZZI FUNERAL HOME, 82 East Main St., Fredonia, NY.

Denney L. Wright

Denney L. Wright, age 88 of Fredonia passed away Wednesday morning, March 14, 2018 after a short illness. He was born July 6, 1929 in Jamestown, New York, the son of the late Donald and Orrie Greenman Wright. He was a retired Heavy Equipment operator for the New York State Department of ...

Arlene M. Blakely

Arlene M. Blakely passed away on March 15, 2018 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Arlene was born on Dec. 16, 1930. Her mother was Frieda Grey Westfall and her father was Martin Westfall. Arlene married Grant Bradley in September 1948. Grant passed away in 1971. Arlene ...

Efrain G. Ortiz

Efrain G. Ortiz, 81, of Dunkirk died unexpectedly Tuesday (March 13, 2018) at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.

Denney Wright

Denney Wright, age 88 of Brocton, NY, passed away Wednesday morning, March 14, 2018, at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Morse Funeral Home.

David Clyde Sylvester

David Clyde Sylvester, passed away on March 12, 2018 of Gowanda, NY, formerly of the Cattaraugus Indian Territory. Beloved husband of Eula (Jackson) Sylvester, loving father of Wayne Douglas "Tyee" Trahan, Rising Sun Sylvester, the late Reyna "Nain" and Sean Michael Sylvester. Grandfather of ...

Joanne T. Martin

Joanne T. Martin, age 83, of Silver Creek, NY died March 14, 2018 at ECMC in Buffalo, NY surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Buffalo, NY on October 4, 1934 the daughter of the late Dewey and Florence (Anderson) Triftshauser. Joanne grew up in Buffalo and graduated from Kensington ...

Norma Jean Manning

Norma Jean Manning, 84, of Sheridan, NY died unexpectedly on Monday March 12, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, NY. She was born on June 30, 1933 in Olean, NY, the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Ratzel) Doxtator. Norma was a graduate of Silver Creek High School, Class of ...

Paul M. Kolasa

Paul M. Kolasa, 65, of Dunkirk, died Monday evening, March 12, 2018, following a brief illness at the Heritage Park Rehab and Nursing Facility in Jamestown. He was born in Dunkirk, November 25, 1952, son of the late Raymond and Monica (Baszak) Kolasa Sr. A retired employee of the former ...

Evelyn G. Rogers

COLLINS CENTER — Evelyn G. Rogers, 100, of Collins Center, NY passed away Monday March 12, 2018 at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. She was born September 4, 1917 in the town of Concord the daughter of the late Byron and Hattie (Steele) Spaulding. In May of 1937, she married Harold K. ...

Donna J. Cino

Donna J. Cino, 71, of Silver Creek, NY died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, NY. She was affectionately known by many as "Mrs. C." or "D.C." She was born on March 7, 1947 in Steubenville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Andrew and Martha (Ritchie) ...

Norma Jean Manning

Norma Jean Manning, 84, of Sheridan, NY died unexpectedly on Monday March 12, 2018 at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, NY. She was born on June 30, 1933 in Olean, NY, the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Ratzel) Doxtator. Norma was a graduate of Silver Creek High School, Class of ...

John T. Paul

John Thomas Paul (JP) passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida on Thursday, February 22, 2018. A longtime resident of St. Petersburg, he was born in Gowanda, New York to Carl and Elizabeth Paul in 1948 and graduated from Gowanda High School in 1966. After graduation, he enlisted in the United ...

Daniel David Hess 1930 – 2018

It is finished here on earth, this 11th day of March, 2018, the life of Daniel David Hess. "So goodbye everyone; do one little thing, something everyday until we meet again. Goodbye for now." Daniel is survived by the love of his life, Gladys (Herron) Hess, his wife of 48 years, whom he ...