Steven R. Johnson

Steven R. Johnson

November 13, 1956 - April 12, 2019

Steven “Swede” Johnson, 62, of Frewsburg, NY passed away peacefully in his home on April 12, 2019, with his wife and children by his side, following a courageous battle with metastatic prostate cancer. 

Steve was born on November 13, 1956, in Jamestown, NY to the late Robert and Elaine Bacot Johnson. Raised in Frewsburg, he graduated from Frewsburg Central School in 1975, then traveled to Florida where he played baseball.  Swede returned to Frewsburg briefly before taking off on a cross-country road trip with his buddies, Dana and Brad. Their money ran out in Lake Havasu, Arizona, and he remained there for a short time.  He returned to Frewsburg and in 1982, married his wife, Nina.  They raised their three children, Allison, Garrett, and Lindy, in the home they built together 34 years ago.  A relentless optimist, he was a passionate husband, father, grandfather, coach, mentor, and friend. He was proud of his hometown, and no matter where his kids chose to reside, he reminded them often that they are Frewsburg Bears, and they will forever “bleed blue.”

A successful flooring installer for over 40 years, Steve went to work every day with enthusiasm.  He laughed easily and made others laugh, never taking life too seriously, truly embracing the phrase, “YOLO!”  His positive attitude was contagious, as were his dance moves.  If “Moves Like Jagger” was playing, a dance party was sure to follow. His laughter and sense of humor gave his family and friends the strength they needed until the end. 

Swede’s life was filled with many adventures--it was as if he and Nina knew they would need to fit a lifetime of memories into a short amount of time; they succeeded. In fact, his family often joked that they were aging in reverse.  He and Nina were infamous for taking off on daytrips, not telling anyone where they were going.  They liked to “shoot from the hip,” spending their days wandering wherever the road took them, sending pictures to their family along the way, saying, “Guess where we are…” He loved spending time on his boat “The Neener Nonner,” floating on the Kinzua Reservoir.  Family vacations were a priority.  If he could be anywhere in the world, it would be Key West at a Tiki Bar with his family, watching boats go by. 

Paralyzed since December 1, 2018, everyone Swede encountered, from family and friends to doctors and caregivers, was inspired by his positive attitude and outlook on life.  He said many times, “What choice do I have—It is what it is.”  We all have choices in life, and he always chose gratitude; grateful for a life well-lived, filled with memories which his family and friends will cherish forever.  He would want people to know that he was smiling and making jokes until the very end.

Steve is survived by his wife of 36 years, Nina, and their children: Allison and Michael Lampo; Garrett and Bayley Johnson; Lindy and Tyler Miller; 5 grandchildren:  Avery and Madden Lampo; Delaney and Rhett Johnson; and Beck Miller; and sister, Patty Waite.  He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Susan Crawford. 

At Steve’s request, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, his family would like to request donations be made to the Frewsburg Fire Department, Myers Memorial Library or Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care.

The Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg is handling arrangements.

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

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Ramona W. Rublee

Ramona W. Rublee

August 18, 1940 - March 30, 2019

Ramona W. Rublee, 78, of Old Warren Rd, Frewsburg and Ocala, FL passed away Saturday, (Mar. 30, 2019) in Summerfield, FL.

She was born August 18, 1940 in Gowanda, the daughter of Homer and Wilma Williamson Rublee.

Prior to retirement she had been employed at Truck-Lite.

She enjoyed traveling, cruising, and spending time with her family.

Ramona is survived by four children: Phillip J. Belote Jr. of Charlotte Center, Kimberly Gardner of Belleview, FL, Robbin Novoa of Woodbury, TN, and Monte Belote of Ocala, FL.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother Daniel Rublee of TN, and six sisters, Suzanne Jackson of Frewsburg,  Mary Heeter of So. Carolina, Lynda Meed, Debra Lingenfelter, Dorothy Rublee and Jeaneen Rublee of TN.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by a daughter: Wilma Wilburn, a sister, Kathleen Rublee, and a brother LeRoy Rublee.

The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service in the funeral home.

Condolences may be made to Ramona’s family at petersonfh.net.

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June T. Burgett

June T. Burgett

July 7, 1925 - March 29, 2019

June T. Burgett, 93, of Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing, formerly of Frewsburg passed away Friday (March 29, 2019) at Heritage Green.

She was born July 7, 1925 in Clarks Corners, the daughter of Claude and Sarah Scott Taylor.

June had been employed at Cornell Cooperative Extension and The Post Journal.

She was a member Chautauqua Shores Chorus, Frewsburg Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where she was involved with the church choir and the altar guild.

June had been a girl scout and cub scout leader and was historian for the Town of Carroll for forty-five years as well as being the recipient of the Paul Harris Award of the Jamestown Rotary Club.

She is survived by two children: Dennis (Susan) Richards of Frewsburg and Claudia Crandall of Daytona Beach, FL; four step daughters: Linda (Wayne) Thomas of Hawaii, Dale Buschmann of N. Palm Beach, FL, Toni Stone of Frewsburg, and Wilma Farrington of Kennedy; five grandchildren: Catie Richards of Jamestown, Tammy Krisher of Scotia, NY, Wendy Morrison of Liverpool, NY, Michael Bean of Republic, MO, and Keith Bean of Kennedy, thirteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her first husband, George Richards and her second husband, Bill Burgett, a sister, Doris Langbehn, and a brother, Clyde “Red” Taylor.

A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced.

Memorials may be made to the Frewsburg Fire Co., PO Box 590, Frewsburg, NY  14738. Myers Memorial Library, 6 Falconer St., Frewsburg, NY 14738, or The Relief Zone, 5 Frew Run St., Frewsburg, NY 14738.

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

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Gerald W. "Butch" Carter

Gerald W. "Butch" Carter

November 13, 1938 - March 15, 2019

Gerald W. “Butch” Carter, 80, of 2 Frew Run, Frewsburg, passed away Friday (Mar. 15, 2019) at his home.

He was born November 13, 1938 in Jamestown, the son of Frances and Rose Blashaw Carter.

Butch had been employed at the former Chautauqua Hardware for over forty years.

He was a very avid golfer.

Gerald is survived by three children: Jody (Dale) Shely of San Angelo, TX, Julie (Todd) Fuller of Little Valley, and Jeanne (Mike) Thierfeldt of Kennedy, Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three brothers: his twin, Harold “Pee  Wee” Carter of Falconer, Jimmy Carter of Kennedy, and Paul Mason of Frewsburg, and two sisters: Dorothy Anderson and Virginia Josephson.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by an infant son and a brother, John Mason.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2019 in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg,

Pastor Mel McGinnis will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday April 4, 2019 in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.

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

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Margaret M. Latona

Margaret M. Latona

January 10, 1032 - March 15, 2019

Margaret M. Latona, 87, of 1501 W. Third St., Jamestown, formerly of 671 So. Main St. Ext. passed away Friday (Mar. 15, 2019) at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

She was born January 10, 1932 in Sheffield, the daughter of Frank and Margaret Moore Chambers.

Margaret was a graduate of Warren High School.

Before retiring in 1994 she had been employed at the former Chautauqua Hardware and prior to that by Truck-Lite Co. and the Jamestown Public Schools.

Margaret was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church where she was involved with the missions committee, Bible studies, WOW group and book clubs.

She volunteered her time at MOPS, VBS and Helping Hands

Margaret is survived by her children: Steven (Char) Latona of Frewsburg, James (Annette) Latona and Laurie (Matt Scolton) Bowman of Jamestown; her step children: Lloyd Jr. (Radha) Latona of Kiantone, Linda (Bobby) Pittman, Russell Latona, and Richard Latona of Georgia, and a daughter-in-law, Debra (Terry) Latona of Jamestown; thirteen grandchildren: Kelly, Kory, Kerri, Jenna, Amanda, Andrea, John, Andrew, and Allison Latona, Shannon Pitts, Sandy Overstreet, Brittany and Joe Bowman; twenty-one great- grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a brother, Robert Chambers of Sheffield, and a sister, Helen Junod of TX.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Latona Sr. in 2009, a son, Terry Latona in 2014, two sisters: Rhea Baynes and Patricia Chambers, and three brothers: William, John, and Richard Chambers.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Jamestown.

Burial will be in Stillwater Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church, 40 Hallock St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

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

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Dolores A. Mitcham

Dolores A. Mitcham

April 29, 1931 - March 14, 2019

Dolores A. Mitcham, 87, of Oak Hill Rd., Frewsburg, passed away Thursday, (March 14, 2019) at her home.

She was born April 29, 1931 in Dunkirk, the daughter of Milton E. and Minnie I. McGuire Austin.

She was a 1949 graduate of Jamestown High School.

Dolores retired as senior civil service claims examiner for the Dept. of Labor where she had been employed for thirty-seven years.

She enjoyed traveling and attending meetings.

Dolores was a member of Al anon family group, Jamestown Antique Study Club, Town of Carroll Antique Club, Carroll Rod and Gun, Carroll Senior Citizens, lifetime member of the Carroll Historical Society, Samuel Derby Post 556 Ladies Auxiliary, AM Vets Auxiliary, TOPPS Group, Chautauqua Co. Mental Health, Alliance for Mental Health, and United Commercial Travelers.

She had served on the boards of the Chautauqua Co. Service Board and Chautauqua Tapestry.

She also received awards for mental achievement and mental health as well as being a recipient of the Jamestown Woman of Distinction award.

Dolores is survived by a daughter, Brenda Strasser of Frewsburg, her Al anon family, and many close friends.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Walter E. Mitcham, and a brother E. Dale Anderson Sr.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Frewsburg.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Relief Zone, 5 Frew Run Street, Frewsburg, NY 14738.

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

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James B. Huckelbery

James B. Huckelbery

February 13, 1953 - March 7, 2019

James B. Huckelbery, 66, of Page Road Kennedy, passed away Thursday (Mar. 7, 2019) at UPMC Chautauqua.

He was born February 13, 1953 in Jamestown, the son of James and Violet Koresko Huckelbery.

Prior to retirement he had been employed by the Jamestown BPU.

He was a member of Brothers by Choice and the War Vets. He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with his family at Allegany.

James is survived by his longtime partner, Sharon Rumbaugh; two children: Amanda and Jason Huckelbery; three step children: Jason, Jessica, and Jon (Jeanette) Winters; many grandchildren and step- grandchildren; a brother: Jeffery Huckelbery of Jamestown, and a sister, Julie Huckelbery of Cape Coral, FL.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Pamela Huckelbery and a brother, Jamie Huckelbery.

A private graveside service will be held at the Kennedy Riverside Cemetery, Kennedy.

No visitation will be observed.

Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, 14701.

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

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Elaine E. Ford

Elaine E. Ford

October 11, 1929 - February 28, 2019

Elaine E. Ford, 89, of Warren Rd. Frewsburg, passed away Thursday (Feb. 28, 2019) at UPMC Chautauqua.

She was born October 11, 1929 in Jamestown, the daughter of Frank and Pearl Querreveld Engle.

Before retiring on March 11, 1993 she had been employed at Ethan Allen.

She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Frewsburg, Jamestown Senior Citizens, and she enjoyed dancing.

Elaine is survived by two sons: Barry and Rickey Culver of Frewsburg; nine stepchildren; two grandsons: Andrew Culver of Westfield and Garrett Culver of Main; two great- grandchildren: Arley Culver and Ani Duff; a brother Milton “Jim” Engle of Clymer, and two sisters: Shirley Johnson and Barbara Johnstone of Jamestown.

She was predeceased by her first husband, James Culver, her second husband, Richard Ford, a brother: LaVerne Engle, and three sisters: Evelyn Roberts, Marion Hallquist, and Eleanor Plank.

A celebration of life will be held at a time to be announced.

No visitation will be observed.

Interment will be in Maple Grove cemetery, Frewsburg.

Arrangements are by the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1230 Wigren Rd., Frewsburg, NY 14738 or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

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Richard A. Pearson

Richard A. Pearson

August 4, 1947 - February 28, 2019

Richard Alan Pearson, of Norby Rd. in Kiantone, NY passed away on February 28, 2019. He was born in August of 1947 in Jamestown. The son of George and Beatrice (Headman) Pearson.

 He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda (Cali) Pearson whom he married in November of 1968, his son, David (Jen) Pearson and daughter Michelle (Shaun) Williams; four grandchildren: Celia and Dylan Pearson and Courtney and Aden Williams all of Frewsburg, NY.; a brother, Greg (Laura) Pearson of Joliet, IL., two sisters- in- law, Theresa (Joe) Ditonto and Gigi Cali of Ohio, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents.


Rick was a 1965 graduate of Jamestown High School, he attended JCC and then enrolled in the US Airforce.
He was a current member of the Carrol Rod & Gun Club and a past post Commander at the Jamestown American Legion Post 149. He’s also a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun and IBEW local 106. Rick was an electrician by trade and he worked at Blackstone Industries, Valeo, and most recently TitanX where he retired from in 2009.  He was past President of the Kiantone Fire Dept. and a life member for 45 years.
Rick enjoyed playing cards with friends, country line dancing, camping, and being a T-ball coach in Frewsburg when his children were young. He loved to travel, especially on cruise ships, visit casinos, play Bingo, and boat on the Kinzua Reservoir. He enjoyed the Carroll Rod & Gun club and reminiscing about his life.


In Lieu of flowers please send memorials to Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care or Kiantone Independent Fire Company.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019 in the funeral home.

Condolences may be made to Rick’s family at petersonfh.net.

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Stella J. Strandburg

Stella J. Strandburg

November 25, 1938 - February 22, 2019

Stella J. Strandburg, 80, of Frewsburg, passed away Friday (Feb. 22, 2019) at UPMC Chautauqua.

She was born November 25, 1938 in Columbus, OH, the daughter of Frank and Josephine Coccia Roberts.

She was instrumental in the founding of the Frewsburg Sports Boosters and was a member of the Frewsburg Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary.

Stella is survived by four children: Alan Jr. (Kim) Strandburg of Fredonia, Julie Goulding, Janice Strandburg Strong,  and Susan Strandburg of Frewsburg; nine grandchildren: Alan (Kayla) Strandburg lll, Matthew (Rosie) Strandburg, Brandon Strandburg, Nathan (Kristine) Crist, Zachary and Amanda Goulding, and Jonathan Strong, Kevin (Shawna Lowe) Strong, and Reyanne Strong; seven great-grandchildren, a brother, Frank (Jean) Roberts of Ohio; two sisters: Connie Ream and Frances Guiffre of Ohio, and a sister-in-law Angie Roberts of Washington.

She was predeceased by her husband Alan G. Strandburg Sr.; two brothers, Augie and Jerry, and two sisters, Mary and JoAnn.

 The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.

Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral Home.

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

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

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