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Death notices and obituaries from the week of May 12

Rebecca Godert

Rebecca A. Godert (nee Hoch) of Springville, died May 2. She was the wife of the late James Godert; mother of James, Michael (fiancee Sue Johnson) and Kevin Godert; grandmother of Mitchell Godert, Brian Johnson, Kelli (Jeff) Russell and Amy (James) Pleasant; great-grandmother of Kendyl, Russell and Aryssa Pleasant; daughter of Lois (nee Frank) and the late Charles Hoch; sister of Carole (George) Nicoloff, Linda (Robert) Barnes, Susan (Roy) Snyder, Bonnie Hoch, Sharon Zanelott, Charles (Jackie) Hoch Jr., Dianne (Joseph) Burgio, Andrew (Robin) Hoch, Stephen (Beverly) Hoch, Janice (Jody) Button and the late Sandra (James) Dunn; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held, from St. Aloysius Church in Springville, on June 8 at 11 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation or Operation Smile. Arrangements were made by the Erie County Cremation Service. Online condolences may be made at

Thomas Kuhn

Thomas A. Kuhn, 63, of West Valley, died May 6 in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville.

He was born on Dec. 13, 1949 in Salamanca, the son of the late Frank and Marian (nee Ross) Kuhn.

He was a veteran of Vietnam, a motorcyclist, traveler, hunter, machine worker and woodworker. He had been employed as a machinist at Dresser Rand in Olean.

He was the husband of Patricia (nee Fuller); father of Jennifer (Ben) Palmeri of Springville, Susanne Kuhn of Orchard Park and Andrew Kuhn of West Valley; grandfather of Elise and Lia; brother of Jeanne (William) Schemel of Arkansas, Frank (Sandra) of Scottsville, N.Y, Joseph (Marie) of Great Valley, Mary (late Peter) Seeley of West Valley, Margaret (James) Gerwitz of Ellicottville, Annette Kuhn of Tonawanda, William (Regina) of Ellicottville, Susan Kuhn of Virginia, Cecelia Kuhn of San Diego, Calif., Dolores (Jeffrey Bush) of Vermont, James (Mary) Kuhn of Ellicottville, Hildegard (Michael) Webb of Canton, N.Y. and Elizabeth Kuhn of Ellicottville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held, from St. John the Baptist Church in West Valley on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in West Valley. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St., Springville. Online condolences may be made at

Gene Remington

Gene H. (Mick) Remington Jr., 64, of Machias, died May 7 in Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1948 in Olean, the son of Gene Remington Sr. He was raised by his aunt and guardian, Grace Remington and her husband Dana Gordon.

He graduated from Randolph Central School in 1967.

He was an engineer mechanic in the United States Army from April 1968 – Nov. 1969. He received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of the American Legion No. 11576 in West Valley.

He was a NASCAR fan, watched drag racing and worked on model cars. He also visited Internet chat rooms.

He married Joan Fuller of Glenwood on April 8, 1972 at the East Randolph Methodist Church in East Randolph, N.Y.

He was a car parts manager at Bryant Chevrolet, until he retired for health reasons.

He attended family gatherings, played cards and helped friends and neighbors with their projects. He was involved with the Cub Scout Troop No. 615 of West Valley.

He was the husband of Joan (nee Fuller); father of Adam of Machias; brother of Dennis (Laura) Gordon of Eldred, Pa., Janice Gordon (Buster) Frankce of Randolph and stepbrother of Michael (Nancy) Wargo of Randolph.

He was predeceased by his father Gene Remington, Sr., in 2005, his aunt Grace Gordon, in 1999 and Dana Gordon, in 2004.

Calling hours will take place on Sunday, May 19 2 – 5 p.m. at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. A burial service will be held Monday, May 20 at 11 a.m. in the cemetery at West Valley. Online condolences may be made at

Larry Smith

Larry R. Smith, 61, of Ellicottville, died April 16, at Tri Point Medical Center in Concord Township in Ohio.

He was born April 10, 1952 in Lackawanna and moved from Hamburg to Springville in 1987. He lived in the village until the early 2000s. He was the owner and operator of Modified Asphalt Coating, Inc.

He went skiing, swimming, sailing, deep sea diving, cooking, motorcycle riding, biking and hiking. He also listened to music, played the guitar and spent time with his grandchildren.

He was a member of Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Ellicottville.

He was the father of Jennel (Jay Heferle) Smith, of Springville, and Jesse (Tezia Skowronski) Smith; grandfather of Karagen and Lylah Heferle and Julia Smith; son of George “Bud” Smith and of the late Rosemary Smith; brother of David (Debbie) Smith, Bill Smith and Alan (Nancy) Smith; friend of Amy Nelson.

A memorial service will be held on May 25 at 11 a.m. at Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church. Arrangements were conducted by the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Mentor, Ohio. Online condolences may be made at


Janice Watson

Janice M. Watson, 94, of Springville, died May 1 at Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

She was born on May 31, 1918 in Springville, a daughter of the late Frank and Emma (nee Lohrey) Watson.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Konoche-Riefler Buick in Hamburg, secretary and bookkeeper for St. Aloysius Rectory, for several years, and retired from Century Housewares in Hamburg as account supervisor. After retiring at the age of 62, she worked as a bookkeeper at Gentner’s Auction in Springville.

She was involved in the Zonta Club, Springville Rough Riders Club and was involved with quarterhorse showing, with her brother, Bill.

She was the sister of Mary Briggs of Minnesota, formerly of Hamburg, Lenore (late Peter) VanderMeer, of Springville, Frances (late Will) Potter and the late William; stepsister of the late Donald and Sherwood Lohrey; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, May 15 from St. Aloysius Church, located at 190 Franklin St. in Springville at 11 a.m. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel will officiate. Burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springville. Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Online condolences may be made at


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