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Death notices and obituaries from the Journal week of Nov. 23

John Armatys
John B. Armatys, 84, of Little Valley, died Nov. 13 at Jennie B. Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home in Springville.

He was born in Buffalo on Dec. 27, 1928, to Bronislau and Agatha (nee Kulakowska) Armatys.

He served in the United States Army from 1946-49 and was a member of St. Mary’s Church in East Eden. He was also a member of the Amvets in Ellicottville and American Legion Post No. 0659 in Ellicottville, Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department. He also hunted, fished, did woodworking and was a pilot. He worked as a paint sprayer at Busch Industries in Little Valley.

He was the husband of the late Julianna (nee Szalasny) Armatys; father of Catherine (Robert) Schueler of Springville; stepfather of Stanley (Judy) Dylong of Bemus Point, N.Y. and Josephine Dylong of Springville; brother of Casey Armatys of Lancaster, Sylvia Sikora of Cheektowaga and the late Thaddeus, Walter and Bill Armatys, Harriet Gulczawski and Emily Kasmierski; grandfather of two grandsons; great-grandfather of four great-grandchildren; step-grandfather of one step-granddaughter; step-great-grandfather of six step-great-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held Nov. 18 from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Lawrence Cobel officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in East Eden.

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

Annie Coia

Annie Coia
Annie Mae (nee Waters) Coia, 88, of Springville, died in her sleep on Nov. 9 at Fiddler’s Green Manor Home.

She was born in Buffalo, the oldest of eight children, to the late Alfred and Elizabeth Howard Waters. She grew up in Glenwood, and after her father’s death, in the foster homes of the Weeks and Buffum families.

She sang in the local church choir and worked with her foster father on the farm. She later worked at a basket factory, in her aunt’s restaurant and at Neisner’s variety store in Buffalo.

She was married to Albert for 44 years. The couple lived in Springville and then Florida, where her husband died in 1991. She then lived in Massachusetts with her daughter, Linda and then with her son, Albert Jr. in Springville, where she lived for 18 years.

Coia spent time with her family, told childhood stories, made homemade pizza for family, friends, Little League and Boy Scout Troop 524. She was a Girl Scout leader, a nurse’s aid at Fiddler’s Green, adopted pets and wildlife and, for her 80th birthday, flew to Hawaii to meet Don Ho.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert; two sisters, Millie Owens and Myrtle “Marie” Dresser; brother Maurice Waters and foster sister Ruth Killingbeck.

Her brother Alfred’s and half-siblings Grace’s and Jimmy’s whereabouts are not known.

She was the sister of Elizabeth Smith of Pennsylvania, Winifred “Wini” King of North Carolina; mother of Albert Coia Jr. of Springville, Suzanne McKinney of Kentucky, Linda (Ronald) Gellatly of Collins; Maryjane “Mary” (Jason) Sherman of West Monroe, N.Y.; grandmother of Brian (Kathy) Goodman. Douglas (Bridget) Hammond, Karen Hammond, Elizabeth (Gellatly) Giglia and Misty Fulkerson and also had 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She donated her body to the University at Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. A celebration of life will be held, at a later date.

Thomas Rolls
Thomas E. Rolls, 36, of Hindsale, died Nov. 15 at St. James Hospital in Hornell.

He was born May 24, 1977, in Buffalo, to John and Linda (nee Dunphy) Rolls.

He was a NASCAR fan, especially of driver Dale Earnhardt Sr.

He was the son of John and Linda Rolls of East Concord; brother of John Rolls of Batavia, Randy (Mandy) Rolls of North Carolina, Barry (Denise) Rolls of Buffalo, Lisa (Greg) Cutrona of Buffalo, Sarah Rolls of East Concord, Robin Rolls of Lancaster, Mary Beth Gattie of Buffalo, Sean Rolls of Springville and the late Lisa Rolls; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 East Main St. in Springville. The Rev. Glen Mueller will officiate. Online condolences may be made at

Paul Sion
Paul C. Sion, 71, died Nov. 7, in Lakeland, Fla.

He was the husband of the late Mary; father of Dianna, Loretta Delude, and the late James David; also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother of Daniel (Sara Jane), David (Mary), Linda (Jerry) Delaney and Susan (late Jerry) Fronkowiak; son of the late James A. and Mary O. Sion of Springville.

He was a private, long-distance trucking contractor, for many years, with his own truck and equipment until his illness forced him into semi-retirement.

A memorial service will follow in Springville, at later date.

Jack Smith
Jack M. Smith, 81, of Jeckyl Island, Ga., died Nov. 14, in Brunswick, Ga.

He was a retired insurance agent, who was active in his hometown of Eden, where he was a co-founder of the Eden Corn Festival.

He opened the Eden Insurance Agency in 1975 and opened a second location in Springville and eventually acquired five agencies. He retired in 1997.

He was the husband of the late Mary Ellen (nee Brindley) Smith; father of J. Bradley, Mary Elsie, John (Kathleen) Smith, Anita (Maureen) and Jaclyn Smith; grandfather of Jena and Elizabeth Smith; foster brother of the late Charles Brockman; also survived by many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 18, from Immaculate Conception Church in Eden. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Wentland Funeral Home, 10634 Main St. in North Collins. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Eden Historical Society of the Eden Community Foundation.

Gloria Wiede

Gloria Wiede
Gloria S. Wiede (nee Shockley), 81, formerly of East Concord, died Nov. 17 at Absolut at Eden in Eden.

She was born in Greenville, S.C., on July 9, 1932, to LeRoy and Nara (nee Stevenson) Shockley.

She was an emergency room nurse and started her nursing career at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, before she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she worked for 30 years. She moved back to Western New York and worked at Tri-County Hospital in Gowanda until her retirement.

She spent her younger days in South Carolina, where she participated in several beauty pageants and was a hand model. She read, traveled and took car rides with her late husband as they toured the countryside.

She was the wife of the late Robert Wiede; mother of Mark (Elizabeth) Wiede of Collins and the late Craig Wiede; mother-in-law of Jennifer Wiede of Collins; grandmother of Marielle, Andrew, Alexandra, Jessica and Adam; sister of Raymond Shockley and the late Sarah Shockley DeLossey; half-sister of Rose Smith Chambers, Edward Smith and Scott Smith; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Springville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation.

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

Lynn Woodworth

Ethel Woodworth
Ethel (nee Lango) Woodworth, 86, of Hamburg, died Nov. 2.

She was a homemaker. She returned from Florida, after living there for 30 years. She bowled and did crafts.

She was the wife of the late Harold Woodworth; mother of Lynn (Jean) Lango; sister of Richard Bement, Joyce Zielinski of Springville and Nancy Klaiber; daughter of Clarence and Gladys Bement of Springville; grandmother of nine grandchildren; great-grandmother of 12 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon Evans and sister, Grace Huffstader.


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