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Death Notices 1998

Death Notices from: Buffalo News

1/28/1998- Henry Lohrey Jr.

Age 79, of Collins Center, NY, January 28, 1998, beloved husband of Eleanor Bates Lohrey; father of Patricia Marvin and Mrs. Pete (Deborah) Kader of Collins Center, NY; brother of Romaine of Springville, and the late Elmer and George; also surviving three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 PM Friday from the MENTLEY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 105 E. Main St., Gowanda, NY, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 PM

The Buffalo News
January 30, 1998

2/23/1998 - William O Hagstotz

Of Collins, NY, February 23, 1998; loving husband of Ruth Joyce (Stewart); loving father of Judy Dawson, Sharon (Ray) Walty and William Hagstotz; loving stepfather of Gayle (Michael) McCormick, Glenn (Gayle) Gebhard and Amy (Nelson) Jewell; fond Papa of eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother of Ruth Hendrick; also survived by a niece and nephew. A memorial service will be held at the North Presbyterian Church, Williamsville, NY, Saturday at 1PM. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Collins Center Fire Co., Collins Center, NY 14035. Mr. Hagstotz was a retiree of New York Telephone Co. and a member of the New York Telephone Pioneers. Arrangements by SMITH-WEISMANTEL FUNERAL HOME, INC., Springville, NY.

The Buffalo News
February 27, 1998

The Buffalo News March 24, 1998

Kenneth M. Reding, a dairy farmer for 60 years, died Monday (March 23, 1998) in his Lawtons home. He was 75.

Reding was a member of Upstate Milk Co-op, Collins Center Volunteer Fire Department and Randolph Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose.

Survivors include his wife, the former Betty Phillips; a son, Faron of Lawtons; a brother, Leon of Collins; and three grandchildren. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Wentland Funeral Home, 10634 Main St., North Collins. Burial will be in Collins Center Cemetery.

4/15/1998 - Franklin Goddard Jr.

Age 72, April 15, 1998, husband of June E. Bulman Goddard; father of Sharon (Lyle) Rogers of Collins, NY, Richard (Sandy) Goddard of Irving, NY, Susan (Kenneth) Goddard-Barry of Sarasota, FL, Douglas Goddard of Sarasota, FL, and Sandra Goddard (Ted Andolsek) of Gowanda, NY; grandfather of Brian (Liz) Rogers, Julie Beth (Chip) Roll, Kristine Rogers, Rich and Holly Goddard, and Melissa Goddard-Barry; great-grandfather of Ben, Keith, and Emily Rogers; brother of Randall Goddard of Collins Center, Ivan Goddard of Cottage, NY, and the late Doris Goddard Vogtli of Gowanda, NY; son of the late Frank and Macie (Cline) Goddard. Friends may call at the SCHINLDER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Gowanda, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM where the funeral will take place Saturday at 11 AM. Burial will be in Collins Center Cemetery. Friends are invited.

The Buffalo News
April 16, 1998

Obits: Franklin Goddard Jr
The Buffalo News Thursday, April 16, 1998

Franklin Goddard Jr., 72, of Collins Center, a laborer at O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative for more than 40 years when it was located in Collins Center, died Wednesday (April 15, 1998) in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, after a long illness.

Goddard, a resident of Collins Center, was a member of the American Legion and Collins Center United Methodist Church

He is survived by his wife, the former June E. Bulman; three daughters, Sharon Rogers of Collins, Susan Goddard-Barry of Sarasota, Fla., and Sandra of Gowanda; two sons, Richard of Irving and Douglas of Sarasota; two brothers, Randall of Collins Center and Ivan of Cottage; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Schindler Funeral Home, 44 Center St., Gowanda. Burial will be in Collins Center Cemetery.

The Buffalo News Monday, April 20, 1998

Ethel T. Swartz, 90, of Collins, a retired teacher in Silver Creek schools, died Sunday (April 19, 1998) in Gowanda Nursing Home after a long illness. Born Ethel Tingue in Collins Center, she graduated from South Dayton High School and Fredonia Normal School. She received her master's degree from Buffalo State College

After teaching in Conewango Valley for two years, she taught mathematics to fifth-graders in Silver Creek schools for 40 years. She and her husband, Fred, also operated a large fruit farm and grape vineyard in Hanover Center for many years.

She was a member and former officer of Rebekah and a member of Chapter 404, Order of the Eastern Star, in Silver Creek. She also was a member of the Silver Creek Art Club and collected china and cookbooks. Her husband died in 1984.

Survivors include two brothers, Stanley Tingue of Gowanda and George Tingue of Girard, Pa.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Mentley Funeral Home, 105 E. Main St., Gowanda. Interment will be in Cottage Cemetery, Cottage Park.

5/24/1998 - Albert A Vacinek

Of Collins Center, NY; May 24, 1998; husband of Jeanne M. Vacinek (nee Stark); father of Nancy A. (Kenneth) Wilson, Candace J. Termer, Laurie L. Vacinek and Rebecca M. Vacinek and the late Richard L.; also survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother of Agnes Frost and Charles Vacinek. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 7-9 PM and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the SMITH-WEISMANTEL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 271 E. Main St., Springville, NY. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 11 from the Collins Center United Methodist Church

The Buffalo News
May 26, 1998

6/6/1998 - Martha Schrader

Age 89 of Collins Center; June 6, 1998; dear friend of Randall Goddard of Collins Center; mother of Mrs. Wallace (Maryann) Mahoney of Cheektowaga, Mrs. James (Rita) Schery of Nunda; five grandsons, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren also survive; besides her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Howard W. Shrader and a brother Charles Demmerle. Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Gowanda from 7-9 PM this evening and 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Monday where a prayer service will be held Tuesday at 10:15 AM followed by an 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial from the St. Frances Cabrini RC Church, Collins Center. The Rev. Lawrence Damian, officiating. Interment in the Collins Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of ones choice.

The Buffalo News
June 7, 1998

6/14/1998 - Gladys G Degenfelder (nee Rogers)

Age 89 of Eden Heights, formerly of Collins, NY; June 14, 1998; mother of Robert (Margaret) and David (Sharon) of Collins, Joseph (Pauline) of Ohio, Mrs. Michael (Mary Ellen) Sessanna Jr. of Eden, Dr's Deborah (Robert) Roberts of Virginia; sister of Hazel Lawtons of Florida, Dorothy Taylor and Harriet Mackmer of Collins, Floyd Rogers of South Dayton and the late William, Kenneth, Earl, Wesley and Lawrence Rogers and Florence Ortel. Also survived by fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Former wife of Richard J. Family will receive friends Tuesday 7-9 and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM from the MENTLEY FUNERAL HOME INC, 105 Main St., Gowanda, NY. Funeral services Thursday 11 AM from the Collins Center United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Collins Center United Methodist Church.

The Buffalo News
June 16, 1998

6/26/1998 - Lucille Skuse (nee Weber)

At age 89 of Collins, NY June 26, 1998; beloved wife of the late Borden; mother of Mrs. Charles (Charlotte) Cappellino of Salamanca, Mrs. Werner (Carlene) Flier of Port Byron, Hal (Alice) of Eden and Robert (Marcia) of Eden; sister of Ada Brant of Nebraska and the late Clayton Weber; also surviving 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 Sunday from the MENTLEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 105 E. Main St., Gowanda, NY where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 AM. Memorials may be made to the Collins Center Volunteer Fire Dept. or the Collins Center United Methodist Church.

The Buffalo News
June 27, 1998

Buffalo News Friday, June 26, 1998

An elderly woman died in a house fire early today on East Becker Road in the Town of Collins, sheriff's deputies reported.

The identity of the victim was being withheld, and an investigation into the cause was under way, deputies said. It was not immediately known whether the fire was related to the severe storms that hit much of the region this morning.

6/27/1998 - Thomas D Dale Smith

Age 66 of Collins Center, NY June 27, 1998 born in Altuna, PA; son of the late Thomas and Francine Himelsbaugh Smith; beloved husband of Nancy Brown Smith and the late Edith Ferris; father of Mrs. Wallace (Christie) Ward of Forestville, NY, Debra LeMay of Niagara Falls, NY, William Walsh of Gowanda, NY; sister of Shirley Hosley of Kentucky, Marlin of Rochester, NY and the late William Smith. Family will receive friends from the MENTLEY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 105 East Main St., Gowanda, NY Monday 7-9 and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral service Wednesday at 11 AM. Memorials maybe made to the Collins Center Volunteer Fire Dept. Mr. Smith was a veteran of Korea serving in the US Navy, a member of the Springville American Legion #431, the Gowanda Moose #1382, Collins Center Volunteer Fire Dept., Collins Conservation Club (Life Director, N.R.A.). Mr. Smith also taught NYS Hunter Safety & Archery and was a lifetime member of the NYS Conservation Council.

The Buffalo News
June 29, 1998

7/11/1998 - Lloyd G Linde

Of Collins Center, NY; July 11, 1998; husband of the late Bernice Linde (nee Mattice); father of Betty (Bernard) King, William Linde, Tina (Wilfred) Schichtel, Cathy (Jeffrey) Dunkleman and the late Delton and Arlene Linde; also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother of Dorothy (Delysle) Palm, Shirley (Chester) Grudzien, Marilyn Linde and Betty Baker. Friends may call Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the SMITH-WEISMANTEL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 271 E. Main St., Springville, NY where funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11

The Buffalo News
July 13, 1998


Charles N. VanNote, 72, a former member of the Collins Town Board and a former Collins fire chief, died Sunday (Aug. 9, 1998) in Westfield Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born in North Collins, he served in the merchant marine during World War II

A mechanic, he operated Burke Garage in Collins until 1973, then joined the state Department of Transportation. Later, he was an inspector for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. He retired in 1993. In addition to serving on the Collins Town Board, he was chairman of the town water commissioners and a member of the Collins Republican Committee. A member of the Collins Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years, he was a line officer and served two terms as fire chief. He attended Trinity United Church of Christ and served on the church board of trustees for many years. He and Ellen Burke were married in 1950. After his retirement, they moved from Collins to their summer lakefront cottage in Westfield. They spent winters in North Carolina.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Michele of Durham, N.C.; six brothers, Wilford, Wayne and Merle, all of Gowanda, Harold of Hamburg, Melvin of Eden and Carl of Harrison, Mich.; and a sister, Zelda Asquith of Angola.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Mentley Funeral Home, 105 E. Main St., Gowanda.

The Buffalo News
August 11, 1998

CASEY P. CORNELL - Sept. 19, 1998

Services for Casey P. Cornell, 18, of Gowanda, who was killed in an automobile accident Saturday (Sept. 19, 1998), will be conducted at 1 p.m.

Tuesday in Schindler Funeral Home, 44 Center St., Gowanda. Interment will be in Collins Center Cemetery.

Cornell fell out of his stalled car as a friend was pushing it. The vehicle rolled backward off a gravel road north of Point Peter Road in Persia, and he was pinned under the door.

Cornell worked installing kitchen cabinets at Del Con Manufacturing Inc. in Springville. He attended Gowanda Central High School. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth and Leona of Gowanda; a brother, Cory; his paternal grandparents, Lester of Hamburg and Shirley Dash of Gowanda; and his maternal grandmother, Phyllis Remington of Butler, Pa.

Foremer Collins Resident

Buffalo News
September 21, 1998

10/1/1998 - Gary C Simmons

Age 55, of Collins, NY; October 1, 1998; son of Irene (Zamber) Simmons and the late Lester; beloved husband of Joan (Parcell) Simmons; father of Dawn and Susan Simmons of Freeport, FL, Tina Simmons of Collins and Shawn Simmons of Gowanda; brother of Mrs. William (Sandra) Grimm, Mrs. Ronald (Sharie) Wells, Mrs. Joel (Debra) Moritz, Lanny and Rick Simmons; also survived by four grandchildren. No prior visitation. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, October 6 at 11 AM from MENTLEY FUNERAL HOME INC., 105 East Main St. Gowanda, NY. Interment in the Collins Center Cemetery.

The Buffalo News
October 3, 1998

10/29/1998 - Charles Pappas

Of Collins, NY; October 29, 1998; father of John, Lisa Pappas, Christina (Timothy) Prouty, Rebecca and Jason Pappas; grandfather of Sarah, Timothy Jr., and Justin Prouty; brother of the late Leonard Pappas. Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the SMITH-WEISMANTEL FUNERAL HOME INC., 271 East Main St., Springville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from St. Francis Cabrini Church at Collins Center, NY.

The Buffalo News
October 30, 1998


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