Madge E. Hale

Madge E. Hale

August 3, 1926 - May 22, 2018

Madge E. Hale, 91, of Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing, formerly of Frewsburg and Orange City, FL, passed away Tuesday, May (22, 2018) at Heritage Green.

She was born August 3, 1926 in Jamestown, the daughter of Raymond and Anna Johnson Lewis.

She was a graduate of Jamestown High School.

Prior to retiring in 1988, she had been employed at Chautauqua Hardware.

Madge is survived by two children: Pamela Anderson of Jamestown and Wendy Johnson of Frewsburg; four grandchildren: Kristen Johnson Lombardi, Jennifer Spacht, Bradley Anderson, and Jeremy Davis, and several great-grandchildren.

Madge was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Hale whom she married July 6, 1949, a daughter Shelly Davis, a brother, Max Lewis, and a sister, Ruby Thorpe.

No visitation or services will be observed. A private family service will be held at a later date.

The Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Frewsburg Fire Company, PO Box 590, Frewsburg, NY 14738.

Condolences may be sent to Madge’s family at petersonfh.net.

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Winslow T. Ted Shearman

Winslow T. Ted Shearman

October 5, 1930 - May 8, 2018

Winslow T. “Ted” Shearman, 87, of Johnson City, NY, passed away Tuesday (May 8, 2018) at the Susquehanna Nursing and Rehab Center in Johnson City.

He was born October 5, 1930 in Jamestown, the son of William W. and Aurilla Lanning Shearman.

Ted was a 1948 graduate of Falconer High School. He was a US Army veteran serving in Germany.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Norwich University in Vermont and his master’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1964.

Ted was vice president and chief engineer at McFarland-Johnson Engineers Inc. in Binghamton.

He was a member of the American Society of Engineers.

Ted is survived by two brothers: Horace (Gwen) Shearman of Tucson, AZ and Bruce (Kathy) Shearman of Lakewood, and two sisters: Grace Sisson of Frewsburg and Patricia McMillen of Sugar Grove.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jane Almand Shearman, two brothers, Darwin and James Shearman, and a sister, Coralyn Shearman.

Services will be private. Pastor Peter Paseika will officiate. Burial will be in Bentley Cemetery, Lakewood.

No visitation will be observed.

 The Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg in handling arrangements.

Condolences  may be sent to Ted’s family at petersonfh.net.

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Harold W. Johnson

Harold W. Johnson

May 2, 1916 - April 26, 2018

Harold W. Johnson died peacefully at home on Thursday April 26, 2018 at the age of 101, just five days short of reaching 102. He resided with his daughter Lois and Ryan Bentley.

Harold was born May 2, 1916 in Jamestown to John and Alfrida Johnson.

 He attended Jamestown High School and served in the US Army until 1945. Harold married Marion Anderson of Jamestown on August 28, 1942.

Harold’s life vocation was centered on cars, with an affinity for Fords. After returning from serving in the US Army, he started an auto repair and salvage business, Twin Auto, with his twin brother. When his son, Dan Johnson, graduated from college, they went into business together at Busti Auto. Harold enjoyed his work there until his mid 90s.

Harold had a passion for life and nature. Not only did he enjoy his vocation, but also had numerous interests. He loved the outdoors and learned to trap muskrats and beaver as a young boy. He trapped beavers until he was in his 80s.

Harold met Marion, the love of his life, at the Celoron Skating Rink and they enjoyed roller-skating together for several decades. He skated his last round at age 98!

In the mid 1950s Twin Auto sponsored #18 racecar and competed at many area dirt tracks. It was a fun, family venture. Harold also enjoyed deer hunting, trolling for muskies on Lake Chautauqua, water skiing, card games, bowling, and checkers.

He was full of joy, loved teasing the people he held most dear, holding babies, feeding dogs from the table, going for drives, watching the sunset at the lake, and being surrounded by family.

Harold was an entrepreneur, was a generous supporter of young businesses and community, and was a mentor to several generations. He had a deep love for nature and continually marveled at all of God’s creation.

Harold is survived by daughters, Lois Bentley (Ryan) of Frewsburg and Carol Bieganousky (Wayne) of Waxhaw, NC; grandchildren: Lori Gloss (Kelly), Suzan Cardinale (Paul), Jonathan Blanchard (Kim), Sarah Paynter (Chad), and Kristine Beardsley (Josh); great-grandchildren: Catherine Sadowski, Benjamin Leichner, Caleb Leichner, Stephen Gloss, Phillip Gloss, Alanna Blanchard, Josiah Blanchard, Kaitlyn Blanchard, Meredith Paynter, Lauren Paynter, Jeremiah Beardsley, and Jillian Beardsley; great-great- grandchildren: Luna Sadowski, Piper Sadowski, and Jonathan Pezzulo.

His wife, Marion Johnson, his son, Daniel Johnson, his twin brother and five sisters preceded Harold in death.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg with the funeral service immediately following. Pastor Tim Smart will officiate. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Harold’s family at Petersonfh.net.

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Gordon A. Williams

Gordon A. Williams

July 7, 1929 - April 14, 2018

Gordon A. Williams, 88, of 109 Lister Ave. Falconer, passed away Saturday April 14, 2018 at the home of his grandson Will (Ashley) Hoover in Montoursville, PA.

He was born July 7, 1929 in Kennedy, the son of Gerald and Florence Bloomer Williams.

Before retiring, he had been employed at the former Blackstone Corp.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Frewsburg where he had been lead deacon.

Gordon is survived by a son Roland (Barbara) Williams of Jamestown, a daughter, Rebecca (Thomas) Buck of Falconer; eight grandchildren: Will and Edgar Hoover, Nicole Crawford, Maurice Hough, Monique Nicholes, Maddie Seiler, Matthew and Mary Williams, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Esther Williams who died March 14, 2008, a sister, Madge Eldridge, and a brother Albert Williams.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

Rev. Nicholas Cultrara, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Frewsburg will officiate.

Burial will be in Myrtle Cemetery, Kennedy.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Frewsburg, 17 Main St., Frewsburg, NY 14738.

Condolences may be sent to Gordon’s family at petersonfh.net.

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Doris E. Gulvin

Doris E. Gulvin

May 9, 1922 - April 14, 2018

Doris E. Gulvin, 95, of 99 N. Pearl St., Frewsburg, passed away Saturday (April 14, 2018) at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

She was born May 9, 1922 in Jamestown, the daughter of Fred and Edith Carlson Eggleston.

Doris was a graduate of Jamestown Business College and had been employed at the Jamestown city clerk’s office for many years.

She was a charter member of the Mother’s Club and was very involved in the lives of her children.

 Doris enjoyed reading and cooking.

She is survived by four children: William Gulvin of Columbia, PA, Jack Gulvin and Dann (Cheryl) Gulvin of Westfield, Janet (Steven) Senske of Ashville, and three grandchildren: Jason Senske of Buffalo, Jonathan (Jessie) Senske of Hawaii, and Jenelle Senske of Ashville.

She was predeceased by her Husband Robert “Doc” Gulvin whom she married March 24, 1944 and who died, March 2, 2009.

Services will be private.  

Pastor Phillip Roushey will officiate.

No visitation will be observed.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Frewsburg.

Memorials may be made to Myers Memorial Library, 6 Falconer St., Frewsburg, NY 14738 or the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.

Condolences may be sent to Doris’s family at petersonfh.net.

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Raymond J. Thomas

Raymond J. Thomas

June 2, 1962 - March 24, 2018

Raymond J. Thomas, 55, of Minot, North Dakota, passed away on March 24, 2018 following a brief illness.  He was surrounded by his family at the time.

Ray was born June 2, 1962 in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania and was the son of William and Sandra (Fullington) Thomas, Jr.  He was raised in Frewsburg, New York and graduated in the Class of 1980.

Ray entered into active duty with the U.S. Air Force in August 1980 as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician and honorably served his country for 26 years.  He served at Homestead AFB, Florida, Keflavik AFB, Iceland, before settling down at Minot AFB North Dakota in 1987 for the remainder of his career.  He retired from active duty in 2006.  He continued to serve his country as a civil service employee until his death.

He was a member of the Frewsburg American Legion, Post 556, and a former member of the Association Motorcycle Club and Minot Moose Lodge.
 
Ray was preceded in death by his father, William J. Thomas, Jr.
 
Surviving are his son William J. Thomas II, and step children Levi Hillestad, and Nichole (Steven) Blanner of Minot, North Dakota.  Grandchildren Nikalya, Jayden, and Axel of Minot, North Dakota.  His mother Sandra Thomas of Frewsburg, New York; sister Laurie (Michael) Greene, Frewsburg, New York; brother Timothy Thomas, Fairborn, Ohio; sister Faith (Jason) Mahle, Ravenna, Ohio.  Also many nieces and nephews.  
 
He will be buried with military honors at Maple Grove Cemetery, Frewsburg, New York at a later date. At Ray’s request, attendance will be for immediate family members only.

 Local arrangements are by the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

  Donations can be made to the Frewsburg Fire Co., PO Box 590, Frewsburg, NY 14738 or a charity of your choice.

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Allan G. “Jack” Seastrom

Allan G. “Jack” Seastrom

October 16, 1937 - March 26, 2018

Allan G. “Jack” Seastrom, 80, of 3746 Sallisbury Rd., passed away Monday (Mar. 26, 2018) at UPMC Chautauqua WCA.

He was born October 16, 1937 in Jamestown, the son of Gust and Anita Bloomdahl Seastrom.

Allen was a graduate of Bemus Point High School and was a US Navy veteran serving on the USS Hornet.

 He had been employed as service manager for McFadden Ford and prior to that at Goodyear and JC Penney Firestone.

Upon retiring he drove for CARTS.

He had a love for cars and motorcycles and enjoyed working on them.

Allan is survived by four children: Cynthia (Gennaro) Manocchio of Frewsburg, Kathy (Al) Mee of Falconer, Matthew (Nancy) Heglund of Jamestown, and Army First Class Sergeant Allan (Jack) Seastrom ll of NC.; nine grandchildren: Renae Pacitti, Elise Lee, Kelly Mee, Matthew Heglund, and Allison, Hanah, Payton, Avah, and Jamison Seastrom; six great-grandchildren; two sisters: Sylvia Dick of Sinclairville and Sharon Ferino of Jamestown, and two nieces.

He was predeceased by his wife Delores Seastrom in 2017.

No visitation or services will be observed.

The Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8517.

Condolences may be sent to Allan’s family at petersonfh.net.


Madelaine V. "Maddie" DiMaio Risley

Madelaine V. "Maddie" DiMaio Risley

April 8, 1924 - March 20, 2018

Madelaine V. “Maddie” DiMaio Risley, 93, of Luthern Jamestown, passed away Tuesday (Mar. 20, 2018) at the home.

She was born April 8, 1924 in Falconer, the daughter of Louis and Charlotte Nordstrom Vogolla.

Before retirement, she had been employed at Marlin Rockwell/TRW and prior to that at AVM.

She loved and enjoyed animals, camping, and had a talent for growing flowers and other plants.

Maddie is survived by a son, Alex (Marybeth) DiMaio of Frewsburg; six grandchildren: Dan (Ann) DiMaio  of VA, Robert (Lauren) DiMaio of NC, Andrea (Christopher Naylor) DiMaio of Falconer, Megan (Ken) Seastrum of Gerry, Theresa (Jason) Youngberg of Falconer, and Brandon (Erika Lopresti) DiMaio of Frewsburg; three great-grandchildren: Chloe DiMaio, and Lukas and Andrew Youngberg, two step great-grandchildren: Madison Seastrum and Anthony, and a daughter-in-law, Donna DiMaio of Lakewood.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Guido DiMaio, Second husband, Harvey Risley; two sons: Greg and Doug DiMaio; two sisters: Martha Brave and Lillie Christenson, and a step sister Irene Janson.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

Rev. Daniel Rumfelt, Lutheran chaplain will officiate.

Burial will be in Gerry Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701.

Condolences may be made to Madelaine’s family at Petersonfh.net.

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Betty A. Christensen

Betty A. Christensen

November 22, 1941 - March 19, 2018

Betty A. Christensen, 76, of 757 Page Rd., Frewsburg, passed away Monday, (Mar. 19, 2018) at her home.

She was born November 22, 1941 in Jamestown, the daughter of Richard and Minnie Roberts Johnson.

Betty had been employed at the NYS Dept. of Labor for many years and prior to that at Crescent Tool.

She enjoyed reading, country music, and had a fondness for animals.

Betty is survived by her husband, Gary Christensen, three children: Sandra Fiore of Westfield, Karen Christensen of TN, and Laura (Curt) Swanson of Frewsburg; four grandchildren: Andrea Bane, Chelsea Whitehill, and Garrett and Gavin Swanson; three great-grandchildren: Nolan Paxton and Aidan and Gracie Bane, and a sister Norma (Ernie) Hendrickson of Frewsburg.

She was predeceased by a brother Carl Johnson and a sister Shirley Petransky.

The funeral service will be private.

Rev. Peter Pasieka, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church will officiate.

 No visitation will be observed.

 The Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Frewsburg Fire Co. PO Box 590, Frewsburg, NY 14738 or the Chaut. Co. Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701.

Condolences may be sent to Betty’s family at petersonfh.net.

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Delores M. Bragg

Delores M. Bragg

April 7, 1943 - March 6, 2018

Delores M. Bragg, 74, of Frewsburg, NY went home to be with her Savior on March 6, 2018, at home, after battling cancer. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on April 7, 1943, to George and Norma Cheney Anderson. She was the wife of 54 years to Alvin Bragg whom she married on September 20, 1963.  Delores had three children;   Andrew (Bobbi) Bragg, Lora Lyn (Bob) Benson and Nathan Bragg all residing in Frewsburg, NY. She has 10 grandchildren; Monica, Addison, Andrea, and Maddison Bragg, Philip and Joshua Benson, Erin Grimes, Krysten Berry, and Ayla Bragg all of the Frewsburg area and Noah Bragg who is serving in the Air Force in Utah.  She also has 12 great grandchildren.  

 Delores loved her family, and serving in the church. She had a heart for children and had taught Sunday school and was the director of the Christmas, Easter, and VBS programs for over forty years at the Ivory Baptist Church. She had taught ladies bible studies, release time classes for bible club, was the president of the Ivory Cemetery Society and was active in the Jamestown Gideon’s.  She had served as president of the Ivory Ladies Aid. She and her husband Alvin had wintered in Word of Life Florida for the past 10 years and had served as short term missionaries in South Korea teaching English through the Bible. She was a Koinonian who attended K106. Delores had been a caretaker for 11 years for her mother-in-law, Evelene Bragg Quaintance, whom had made her home with them.

Delores was a 1961 graduate of Frewsburg Central School and was a secretary at Falconer Plate Glass before she was married. She had lived in Germany for a year while her husband served there in the US Army. She was a “Proverbs 31” homemaker who enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and baking, camping, knitting, reading, decorating and traveling. Her home was always open to family, friends, missionaries and anyone else who needed a place to stay. Delores was predeceased by her parents; George (1988) and Norma (2000), her brother George Jr. in 2018 and a nephew, George Anderson III in 1991.

The funeral will be held at the Ivory Baptist Church, Frewsburg, New York, on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1 p.m. Pastor Ron Lemon will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg. A Koinonian Amazing Grace Sing will be held at 7 p.m. during the visiting hours. Burial will be in the Ivory Cemetery, Frewsburg.

Memorials can be made to the Ivory Baptist Church or the Jamestown Gideon’s.

Condolences may be sent to Delores's family at petersonfh.net.

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