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Death notices and obituaries from the March 24 Springville Journal

Overine Bunnell
Overine Bunnell
Overine I. (nee Ehman) Bunnell, 94, of West Valley, died March 6 at The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Machias.

She was born in West Valley on Aug. 31, 1918 to Henry and Orell (nee Folts) Ehman.

Overine was a second grade teacher at West Valley Central School, taught private piano lessons and played the piano and organ at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in West Valley.

She was the wife of the late Richard Bunnell; mother of Karen Parsons, Duane (Linda) Bunnell and the late Sandra Bishop; mother-in-law of Glen Bishop; grandmother of 11 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 15 great-grandchildren; sister of Theola (Glenn) Cooley; sister-in-law of the late Ralph (Marion) Bunnell and Doris Cram and the aunt of many nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of West Valley on March 11. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Ashford.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home of Springville. Online condolences may be made at

Frances Heim
Frances Heim
Frances May (nee Decot) Heim, 85, died March 13 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

She was born to Frank and Gertrude (nee Groth) Decot on March 1, 1928 in Buffalo.

She was a member of the East Otto Methodist Church. She read poetry, danced, clogged and was a home healthcare provider for EGW Personnel Staffing of Buffalo.

She married Innocence Heim on Feb. 1, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of New Oregon, N.Y. Innocence died on March 23, 2012.

Frances Heim was the mother of Donald Heim of West Valley; William Heim of Springville; Suzanne Johnson of Springville; Thomas (Donna) Heim of East Otto; Jerald Heim of North Carolina; Ronald (Kristen) Heim of East Otto; Rebecca (John) Lemieur of Clifton Park, N.Y. and the late Steven and Douglas Heim. Grandmother of 21 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 18 great-grandchildren. Sister of Eleanor Myers of East Otto. Half-sister of June (Ron) Miller of Winder, Ga. and Joan (Jack) Gust of Atlanta, Ga.

Burial will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Springville. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Springville Fire Hall, located on West Main Street in Springville. The Rev. Susan Hadley will officiate.

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

Alba Palmer
Alba Palmer
Alba C. “Peanuts” Palmer, 90, of Glenwood, died Jan. 24 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

He was born in 1922 in Dansville, N.Y. to Walter and Lena (nee Fox) Palmer. He served in the Pacific with the United States Army from 1944 – 1946.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Bonaventure University and his Master of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He taught at Avoca 52.

He married Norma Nadolski on June 2, 1973. She predeceased him on April 16, 1992.

He was a math teacher and then a physical education teacher at East Aurora. He also coached swimming, track and football. He retired in 1981.

He kept in touch with many of his former students. In 1980, he and his wife served on the alpine support staff for the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid. With their family, he and his wife sailed to many parts of the world and raced their schooner through Canada.

He was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers’ Association. He competed in Empire State Games Masters, the Empire State Senior Games, the National Masters and the World Masters Games, in pole vaulting, diving, swimming and the high jump. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Kissing Bridge for 26 years and skied with 70-plus and 80-plus clubs. He was also a member of East Aurora American Legion Post 362 VFW.

Palmer is survived by nieces Darla Basamania of Saunders, Ariz.; Dawn Casbolt of Parkville, Md. and Margaret (Bill) Seeley of Dansville. Nephews James (Linda) Palmer; David (Diane) Palmer of Hilton, N.Y. and Mark and Steven Palmer of Florida. Predeceased by his wife, Norma; brothers James (Mary) Palmer of Dansville; Wallace (Shirley) Palmer of Homestead, Fla. and Richard (Marian) Palmer Sr. of North East, Md. Brother of Alice Ferguson of Chambers, Ariz. Uncle of Richard “Larry” Palmer Jr. of Dansville and Walter “Rick” Palmer of Cohocton, N.Y.

Alba donated his body to the University at Buffalo.

A memorial service will be held, at a later date. Messages may be sent to the family, at Burial will be in Glenwood-Maltby Memorial Cemetery in Colden.

Hilda Salzler
Hilda Salzler
Hilda S. (nee Smith) Salzler, 95, died on March 12, at her Springville residence.

She was born on Feb. 19, 1918 in New Oregon, N.Y. to the late Steven and Lillian (nee Bettinger) Smith.

She married the late Francis Salzler on Aug. 2, 1938, in Varysburg, N.Y.

She worked as a bartender for her father’s restaurant, the Varysburg Hotel, and tended bar in Hamburg.

She worked in home support service in Erie County, played cards, was a hunter and went wild boar hunting.

She was the wife of the late Francis Salzler; mother of Marie Blesy of Springville, Robert (Sue) Salzler of Arcade, Elizabeth (Laurence) Peplin of Arcade, Thomas (Bonnie) Salzler of Springville, Kathleen (David) Savko of West Valley, Richard (Linda) Salzler of Arcade and Paul (Ann) Salzler of Springville; grandmother of 22 grandchildren; great-grandmother of 42; great-great-grandmother of nine; sister of the late Mildred Brooks, Marjorie McClellan, Marie Reisdorf, Clifford Smith, Kenneth Smith, Maynord Smith and Steven Smith; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. from St. Aloysius Church of Springville. The Rev. Joe Gullo will officiate. Burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery.

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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