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Death notices and obituaries from the Journal week of Jan. 4

Dorothy King
Dorothy King, (nee Walt), 92, formerly of Springville, died Dec. 26, at the Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky.

She was born in Tonawanda, N.Y., on July 8, 1921, to the late James and Elma (nee Johnson) Watt.

She had worked in the maintenance department at Springville-Griffith Institute schools and played bingo.

She was the wife of the late Frank King; mother of Lavern King of Buffalo; Phyllis (James) Holmes of Crestwood, Ky.; Kermit King of Buffalo and the late Joyce Ann Borg; mother-in-law of Dennis (Charlotte) Borg of New Jersey; grandmother of six grandchildren and great-grandmother of 19 great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be held, at the convenience of the family. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Springville.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Online condolences may be made at

Joan McCarthy

Joan McCarthy

Joan W. McCarthy, 92, (nee Seider), of Springville, died Dec. 29 at Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Springville.

She was born in Springville on Nov. 30, 1921, to the late August and Anna (nee Salzler) Seider.

She was a certified Red Cross swimming instructor and taught swimming for more than 30 years. She was instrumental in starting the hot lunch program at St. Aloysius Regional School in Springville and involved in the fundraising program, for the creation of the Springville Community Pool. She and her late husband owned Springville Lanes, from 1962-1983. She was a member of the St. Aloysius Church choir and folk group and spent time with her family.

She was the wife of the late Bernard “Mick” McCarthy; mother of Norbert (Joyce) McCarthy, Kathleen Corsette, Sandra (Tony) Houle, Maureen Dash, Lynda (Sal) Sorrento, Phyllis (Wayne) Bobseine and Mark (Lou Ann) McCarthy; grandmother of 16 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 18 great-grandchilden; great-great-grandmother of one great-great-grandchild; sister of the late Edward Seider, Richard Seider, Clarence Seider, Norbert Seider, Mark Seider, Helen Seider and Loretta Smith; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Jan. 3, from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Aloysius Martha Committee or St. Aloysius folk group.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271 East Main St. in Springville. Online condolences may be made at

Joseph O\'Brien

Joseph O’Brien

Joseph John “Joe” O’Brien III, 66, died Dec. 24, in Venice, Fla.

He was born in Buffalo, on Nov.15, 1947, to the late Joseph John O’Brien II and Sonia Rose (nee Metzger) O’Brien.

He was the brother of Kathleen (Donald) Wells of Springville, Michael (Peggy) O’Brien, Roseanne (Michael) Wells, Patricia (Jack) Argetsinger, Sonia (Patrick) Zoeller, Alfred (Barb) O’Brien, Lisa (John) Hogenmiller, Elizabeth (Michael) Langevin, Jonathan O’Brien and Benjamin O’Brien; uncle of 29 nieces and nephews and 17 great- nieces and great-nephews.

He started traveling at age 16, when he hitchhiked alone across the United States. After that, he never stopped exploring the world. His final days were spent with family, going boating, telling stories and singing songs with his nephew and namesake, Joseph.

A memorial gathering in Springville will be announced, at a later date. There will be an informal memorial gathering at the South Jetty in Venice, Fla. at 1 p.m. on Jan. 5. For online condolences, visit


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