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Collins Center Deaths
2002

  Collins & Collins Center Residents

Death Notices 2002

Death Notices from: Buffalo News    The Dunkirk Observer

Note  Date Before Name is Date of Obituary - Date After Name is Date of Death

1/5/2002 - Donald Fowler

COLLINS , NY - Donald J. Fowler, 68, of 13807 Sisson Highway, Route 75, Collins died Saturday morning (Jan. 5, 2002) at home. Born Aug. 13, 1933 in Collins, he was the son of the late Ralph R. and Florence E. (Potter) Fowler. A Korean Conflict Veteran he belonged to the Eden American Legion and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and the Collins Center Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Fowler worked for the Labor’s Union Local 210 of Buffalo for many years. Survivors include a son, Robert Fowler of Collins; a daughter Betty Ann Cornman of Davenport, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Norbert (June) Farner of Perrysburg and Sally A. Castilio of Collins; four grandsons; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephew. Arrangements are by the Schindler Funeral Home, Gowanda.

The Dunkirk Observer

Donald J. Fowler, 68, of Sisson Highway, Route 75, Collins, died Saturday morning, January 5, 2002, at home. Born Aug. 13, 1933 in Collins, he was the son of the late Ralph R. and Florence E. (Potter) Fowler. A Korean Conflict veteran, he belonged to the Eden American Legion and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and the Collins Center Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Fowler worked for the Labor's Union Local 210 of Buffalo for many years. He was the father of Robert Fowler (Ann Marie Macko) of Collins, Betty Ann Cornman of Davenport, Fla., and the late Michael Fowler; brother of Mrs. Norbert (June) Farner of Perrysburg and Sally A. Castillo of Collins; grandfather of four grandsons and one granddaughter; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Schindler Funeral Home of Gowanda.

The Springville Journal
January 10, 2002

2/21/2002 - Hazel M Derx

Hazel M. (Smith) Derx, 90, of Angelica, formerly of Collins, died Feb.21, 2002 at the Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville.
      Mrs. Derx had resided for several years at Manor Hills in Wellsville. She was a member of the Angelica Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and was past matron of the Friendship Order of the Amaranth.
      She was the wife of the late George C. Derx Sr.; daughter of the late Raymond and Arthelia (Poole) Smith; mother of George C. Derx Jr. of Scio; sister of Harry E. Miller of Chandler AZ, Iva Hilfiker of Webster, and the late Orville Smith, Raymond Smith and Mabel Jeremy; and stepsister of Ruth (Leon) Bennett of South Dayton, Esther (Al) Thompson of Glenallen, VA; also survived by five granddaughters, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
      Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
      Arrangements were by the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville.

The Gowanda PennySaver
March 24, 2002  

3/9/2002 - Pauline M. Kuhaneck

COLLINS , NY - Pauline M. Kuhaneck, 74, formerly of West Becker Road, Collins, died Saturday (March 9, 2002) at her daughter’s residence in Dayton following a lengthy illness. She was born in Springville on Oct. 4, 1927, a daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Philbrick) Fuller. A retired housekeeper since 1983, she formerly worked at the J. N. Adam Developmental Center. Along with her daughter, Mrs. Francis (Wilma) Parry Jr., of Dayton, she is survived by two sons, Peter Kuhaneck Jr. and Theodore Kuhaneck, both of Dayton; two brothers, Gordon Fuller of Bath and Frank Fuller of Kennedy; four sisters, Louise Towne of South Dayton, Rita Games of Arizona, Alice Shearer of Conewango Valley and Mrs. Ernest (Rose) Eggleston of Ellington. Six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Along with her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Peter F. Kuhaneck, whom she married on July 28, 1947 and who died on Jan. 28, 1998; a brother, Nelson Fuller; and two sisters, Betty Leonard and Lois Fuller. Arrangements are by the Schindler Funeral Home, Gowanda

The Dunkirk Observer

Pauline M. (Fuller) Kuhaneck, 74, former of Collins, died March 9, 2002 at her daughter's residence in Dayton following a lengthy illness.
      A retired housekeeper since 1983, she formerly worked at the J.N. Adam Developmental Center.
      She was the wife of the late Peter F. Kuhaneck; daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Philbrick) Fuller; mother of Wilma (Francis) Parry Jr., Peter Kuhaneck Jr. and Theodore Kuhaneck all of Dayton; and sister of Gordon Fuller of Bath, Frank Fuller of Kennedy, Louise Towne of South Dayton, Rita Games of Arizona, Alice Shearer of Conewango Valley, Rose (Ernest) Eggleston of Ellington, and the late Nelson Fuller, Betty Leonard and Lois Fuller; also survived by six grand-children, eight great-grandchidren and several nieces and nephews.
      Memorials maybe made to Comstock Hospice.
      Arrangements were by the Schindler Funeral Home, Gowanda.

The Gowanda PennySaver
March 17, 2002

3/9/02 - COLLINS NY Pauline M. Kuhaneck, 74, formerly of West Becker Road, Collins, died Saturday (March 9, 2002) in Dayton in the home of her daughter. She was born in Springville on Oct. 4, 1927, a daughter of Ralph and Mary Philbrick Fuller. A retired housekeeper since 1983, she formerly worked at the J. N. Adam Developmental Center. She is survived by her daughter, Wilma Parry of Dayton; two sons: Peter Kuhaneck Jr. and Theodore Kuhaneck, both of Dayton; two brothers: Gordon Fuller of Bath and Frank Fuller of Kennedy; four sisters: Louise Towne of South Dayton, Rita Games of Arizona, Alice Shearer of Conewango Valley and Rose Eggleston of Ellington; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter F. Kuhaneck, whom she married on July 28, 1947, and who died Jan. 28, 1998; a brother, Nelson Fuller; and two sisters, Betty Leonard and Lois Fuller. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 11:15 in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Gowanda. The Rev. Lawrence Milby, will be celebrant. Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. today in the Schindler Funeral Home, 44 Center St., Gowanda where a pray service will be held at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Comstock Hospice.

Jamestown Post Journal
July 21, 2002

3/11/2002 - Arlene G Brown - 3/9/2002

Age 88, of Collins Center, March 9, 2002. Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Gowanda from 2-4 and 7-9 PM today. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 12 at 1 PM from the United Methodist Church, Gowanda. Rev. Kenneth Snyder will officiate. Interment in the Collins Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gowanda Free Library.

Buffalo News

COLLINS CENTER , NY - Arlene G. Brown, 88, of Collins Center died Saturday (March 9, 2002) at Tri-County Hospital in Gowanda. She was born in Collins Center on Oct. 16, 1913, a daughter of the late Harley and Nora (Johnson) Brown. She was an elementary school teacher for 34 years and retired in 1969 from Buffalo School 77. She is survived by several cousins. Along with her parents she was predeceased by her nephew, Gary “Buddy” Abbey. Arrangements are by the Schindler Funeral Home, Gowanda.

The Dunkirk Observer

Arlene G. Brown, 88, of Collins Center, died March 9, 2002 at Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda.

She was an elementary school teacher for 34 years and retired in 1969 from Buffalo School 77.

She was the daughter of the late Harley and Nora (Johnson) Brown; and aunt of the late Gary "Buddy" Abbey; also survived by several cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Gowanda Free Library.

Arrangements were by the Schindler Funeral Home, Gowanda.

The Gowanda PennySaver
March 17, 2002

3/12/2002 Muriel I. Reeves

COLLINS , NY - Muriel I. Reeves, 95, of 2092 Danna Drive, Collins, formerly of Steamburg, died Tuesday (March 12, 2002) in the Gowanda Nursing Home. She was born on June 8, 1906 in Cutting, the daughter of the late Earl and Alta (Yeager) Casler. Mrs. Reeves had been employed as a telephone operator by the former Steamburg Telephone Company. She also had been a waitress. A member of the Steamburg Union Free Church, she also belonged to the Randolph Senior Citizens ECHO and the Golden Keys. A homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, hunting and sewing. Surviving are a son, Lloyd J. Reeves of Collins; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd V. Reeves, whom she married Dec. 29, 1922 in Steamburg and who died March 12, 1975; a son, Clinton E. Reeves in July 1990; a daughter, Shirley Reeves in 1936; a brother, Clifford Casler; and a sister, Ruth McKee. Arrangements are by the VanRennselaer and Son Funeral Home, Randolph.

The Dunkirk Observer

Muriel I. (Casler) Reeves, 95, of Collins, formerly of Steamburg, died March 12, 2002 in the Gowanda Nursing Home.
      Mrs. Reeves had been employed as a telephone operator by the former Steamburg Telephone Company. She also had been a waitress.
      A member of the Steamburg Union Free Church, she also belonged to the Randolph Senior Citizens ECHO and the Golden Keys.
      She was the wife of the late Lloyd V. Reeves; daughter of the late Earl and Alta (Yeager) Casler; mother of Lloyd J. Reeves of Collins and the late Clinton E. Reeves and Shirley Reeves; and sister of the late Clifford Casler and Ruth McKee; also survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
      Memorials may be made to the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Depsrtment, Route 394, Steamburg.
      Arrangements were by the VanRennselaer and Son Funeral Home, Randolph.

The Gowanda PennySaver
March 24, 2002

3/12/02 - COLLINS NY Muriel I. Reeves, 95, of 2092 Danna Drive, formerly of Steamburg, N.Y., died at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday (March 12, 2002) in the Gowanda Nursing Home. She was born June 8, 1906, in Cutting, N.Y., the daughter of Earl and Alta Yeager Casler. She had been employed as a telephone operator by the former Steamburg Telephone Company and as a waitress. She was a member of the Steamburg Union Free Church, Randolph Senior Citizen ECHO and Golden Keys. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, gardening, hunting and sewing. She is survived by a son, Lloyd J. Reeves of Collins; four grandchildren: Barbara Reeves-Stitzel of Kent, Wash., Nancy Steves of Collins, David Reeves of Collins and Marc Reeves; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd V. Reeves, whom she married Dec. 29, 1922, in Steamburg and who died March 12, 1975; a son, Clinton E. Reeves, who died July 1990; a daughter, Shirley Reeves, who died in 1936; a brother, Clifford Casler; and a sister, Ruth McKee. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. The Rev. Dale E. Moore, pastor of First Baptist Church of Randolph, will officiate. Burial will be in the Steamburg Cemetery. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department, Route 394, Steamburg, N.Y.

The Jamestown Post Journal
March 9, 2002

3/24/2002 - Izaretta Elder

 

Izaretta A. Elder, 88, of Albion, died Sunday, March 24, 2002 at Medina Memorial Hospital. She was born June 24, 1913 in Hector, a daughter of the late Nelson and Marguerite Anthony. A former resident of Springville, she moved to the Albion area in Sept. 2001. She was actively involved in the scouting program for many years and had volunteered to the Home Bureau in Collins Center. She was an expert crocheter who excelled at many types of crafts and shared her enjoyment by teaching others her skills. Her husband, John Elder, died in 1984. Surviving are six children, Eleanor Park of Trumansburg, Willis (Janet) Elder of Georgia, Gary (Delores) Elder of Albion, Clifford (Sue) Elder of Arizona, Stan (Sally) Elder of Buffalo, and Sharon Elder of Boston; three sisters, Gladys Wellin of Trumans- burg, Leila (Earl) Beacher of Florida, and Ramona (Lyle) McCain of Interlaken; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, March 27, at 11 o'clock from the Christopher-Mitchell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial was in Mount Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Medina Hospital's Residential Healthcare Unit.

The Springville Journal
April 4, 2002

5/3/2002 - Edwin Dotegowski - 5/3/2002 (Dunkirk Observer)

COLLINS , NY - COLLINS — Edwin J. Dotegowski, 77, of Mill Street, Collins died Friday (May 3, 2002) at his residence. He was born in Holyoke, Mass., on July 21, 1924, the son of the late Jan and Mary (Paruszewska) Dotegowski. A World War II veteran, Mr. Dotegowski served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Fredonia BOCES after 10 years as a teacher’s assistant. Prior to that, he had worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 19 years. A member of the Free Methodist Church of Gowanda, he also belonged to the Colllins Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years, VFW Post 5007, Moose Lodge 1382 and American Legion Post 409, all of Gowanda. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Perry) Dotegowski, whom he married Sept. 24, 1966; a son, John Dotegowski of Gowanda; four daughters, Kathryn Mallaber of Margate, Fla., Tracy Brottlund of Colorado Springs, Tamara Dotegowski of Collins and Tara Cabes of Germany; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Walter and Anthony Dotegowski. Arrangements are by the Mentley Funeral Home Inc., Gowanda.

The Dunkirk Observer

4/26/2002 - Carl Bettcher

CARL BETTCHER, 89
National Fuel

WINTER HAVEN -- Mr. Carl E. Bettcher of Winter Haven died of heart failure Friday (April 26, 2002) at his home. He was 89.

Born in Collins Center, N.Y., on May 6, 1912, he came to Winter Haven from Buffalo, N.Y. 27 years ago. He was a supervisor for National Fuel in Buffalo. He was a life member of Elks Lodge. He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Bettcher; sons, Thomas Bettcher, Palm City, Wayne Bettcher, Hamburg, N.Y.; daughter, Diane Brand, Scottsdale, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice.

Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven

The Ledger
April 28, 2002

5/31/2002 - Carlton Berns - 5/31/2002 (Dunkirk Observer)

COLLINS , NY - Carlton Berns, former teacher, administrator COLLINS — Carlton Berns, 89, of Collins died Friday (May 31, 2002) at the Gowanda Nursing Home. He was born in Farnham, the son of the late Charles and Rose (Sager) Berns. A 1927 Silver Creek High School graduate, Mr. Berns attended Fredonia Normal School, receiving a master’s in education in 1930. His teaching career began at a military school in Philadelphia from 1931 to 1934. He then taught at Conewango Valley in 1935 before accepting a position in Collins, where he was both a teacher and principal until his retirement in 1972. A world traveler who was fluent in several languages, he was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association. Surviving are a sister, Lillian Swanson of Collins; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Greenawalt; and two brothers, Clarence and Alvin Berns. Arrangements are by Mentley Funeral Home Inc., Gowanda.

The Dunkirk Observer

6/11/2002 - Victor Powers

COLLINS , NY - COLLINS — Victor V. ‘‘Red’’ Powers, 90, formerly of Main Street, Collins, died Tuesday (June 11, 2002) in the Gowanda Nursing Home. He was born in Cattaraugus on Aug. 7, 1911, the son of the late John and Alice (Connors) Powers. He retired from the Gowanda Psychiatric Center after working in food service for 35 years. He was a member of the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Gowanda and also an avid area fan of softball and baseball. He also enjoyed gardening. Surviving are one daughter, Mary C. Powers of Derby; and one son, David V. Powers of Rochester; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis R. (Johnston) Powers on Oct. 28, 1986; five sisters, Mary Guzzetta, Eileen Phillips, Rita Jagow and Katherine and Florence Poweres, and three brothers, Gerald, John and Vincent Powers. Arrangements are by the Mentley Funeral Home.

The Dunkirk Observer

7/10/2002 - Lester B "Duffy" Johnson -7/8/2002

Age 80 of Collins, NY; July 8, 2002; husband of the late Helen; father of Robert, David and Ricky Johnson, Patricia Gilbert and the late William; grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother of Gertrude Barstow, Ethel Carnes, Norman and Richard Johnson and the late Winford, Yelmer, Rex, Andrew, Lawrence and Johanna Johnson and Edith English. Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Gowanda, 7-9 PM Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 PM Thursday, where funeral services will be held Friday 10:00 AM. Interment Collins Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Collins Vol. Fire Dept. or the Gowanda Ambulance.

Buffalo News

COLLINS , NY - COLLINS — Lester B. “Duffy” Johnson, 80, of Brown Street, Collins died Monday (July 8, 2002) at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. He was born in Gowanda on May 22, 1922, the son of the late Andrew and Gertrude (Burton) Johnson. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Johnson was a member of the Ninth Armored Division. On March 7, 1945, his division was the first to cross the Rhine River at the Remagen Bridge. Many U.S. casualties ensued and he was injured during the crossing. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Good Conduct and World War II Victory medals. Prior to his retirement in 1981, he had been employed as an attendant at the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center for 38 1/2 years. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, James Cruden VFW Post 5007 and American Legion Post 409. He also belonged to the Slovenian Club and Gowanda Moose Lodge 1382. Survivors include three sons, Robert Johnson of Arcade and David Johnson and Ricky Johnson, both of Collins; a daughter, Patricia Gilbert of Angola; two sisters, Gertrude Barstow of Gowanda and Ethel Carnes of Montana; two brothers, Norman Johnson of Gowanda and Richard Johnson of Otto; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Phillips) Johnson, whom he married July 22, 1944 and who died Dec. 15, 1989; a son, William Johnson; five brothers, Winford, Yelmer, Rex, Andrew and Lawrence Johnson; and two sisters, Edith English and Johanna Johnson. Arrangements are by the Schindler Funeral Home, Gowanda.

The Dunkirk Observer
July 8, 2002

7/21/2002 - Blanche E Smith

Blanche E. Smith of Hamburg, a retired Fisher-Price worker, died Sunday (July 21, 2002) in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 97.

The former Blanche E. Dupont was born in Collins Center, where she graduated from high school. She and her husband, Charles P., were married in 1925 and moved to Hamburg. He died in 1953.

She was an assembly worker at Fisher-Price in East Aurora for several years, retiring in 1970. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hamburg.

Survivors include 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Froehley-Dengler Funeral Home, 84 Lake St., Hamburg. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.

The Buffalo News
July 23, 2002

July 29, 2002 - Alida Sherman

Age 98, July 29, 2002. Survived by three cousins, Gurney (June) Goran, Maryland Bobseine and Barbara (Leo) Minner; pre-deceased by her parents Charles and Lottie Mosher, her husband George Sherman and two brothers, Earl and Donald Mosher. Friends are invited to call on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the MENTLEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 105 East Main St., Gowanda. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 2nd at 1:30 from the Collins Center United Methodist Church. Interment in Collins Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Collins Center United Methodist Church.

The Buffalo News
July 31, 2002

 

 

 



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