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Obituaries for the Journal week of May 24

Daniel Blesy[photo2]Daniel R. Blesy, 76, of Little Valley, died on May 13, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

He was born April 17, 1938 in Boston, the son of the late Rudolph and Dorothy (nee Maitland) Blesy.

Blesy was an Army veteran and had worked for National Fuel for 42 years and 4 months as an assistant superintendent. He also worked for 17 years for Mecca Bros.

He was a charter member, past president and current vice president of the Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club; attended Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, was an avid reader and he always brought horses to the lighting of the Tree of Hope.

He was the husband of Susan (nee Telaak); father of Daniel F. (Pam) Blesy, James, John and Mark Blesy and Deborah Howard all of Springville; stepfather of Scott Johnson of Boston and Amy (Mike) Masson of Lake Worth, Fla. grandfather of 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brother of Michael (Ellen) Blesy of Lee, Fla., Ann (Ken) Schunk and Donnalee (Norm) Watts of Lee, Fla; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 17 from Holy Name of Mary RC Church in Ellicottville. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Ellicottville.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club or the Ellicottville Memorial Library.

Arrangements were made by the Mentley Funeral Home Inc., located at 411 Rock City St. in Little Valley.

Kimberly Militello[photo3]
Kimberley A. Militello, 59 of Gowanda passed away shortly after going missing December 22, 2013.

She was born Sept. 29, 1954 in Buffalo to Beverly (nee Agen) Stockwell of Springville and the late Kenneth Weltjen.

She married Thomas M. Militello May 30, 2002 in the town of Collins, who survives.

Militello was employed at the time of her death with the Gowanda Central School District, where she had worked for more than 10 years. She was a member of the Gowanda American Legion Post 409 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was the daughter of Beverly Stockwell, of Springville; sister of Darryl (Toni Ann) Weltjen, of Springville and Karla (Michael) Weltjen, of Lawtons; stepmother of Jacob Militello, of Boston, Samantha (Bill) Stuart, of Boston; grandmother of Quentin Stuart; stepsister of Wendy Stockwell and Teresa Stockwell, both of Springville and Robert J. Stockwell of Ohio; also survived by nieces and nephews

A Memorial Mass was held from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Gowanda on May 22. The Rev. Joseph Popiglia officiated. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family to decide upon a charity or may be made to a local charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements were made by the Schindler Funeral Home, located at 44 Center St., Gowanda.

Kenneth Schweickert
[photo4]Kenneth E. Schweickert, 77, of Springville, died May 16 at Peregrine’s Landing in Orchard Park.

He was born in Springville on Aug. 2, 1936 to the late Mark and Evelyn (nee

Underberg) Schweickert.

He had been a millwright at the Ford Motor Company at the Woodlawn plant in Buffalo. He was a lifetime member of St. Aloysius Church in Springville and was part of the first group of eucharistic ministers at the church. He was a member of the Springville Kiwanis and served as lieutenant governor of the state Kiwanis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and taking his family on mystery trips.

He was the husband of Mary (nee Hassett) Schweickert; father of Amy Sciandra, and Beth (Michael) Rogan, of Hamburg; grandfather of Nicole, Devan, Ryan, Cameron and Clair; brother of James (Jeanne) Schweickert, of Springville, Jean Ott, of West Virginia, Robert (Carolyn) Schweickert of Canon City, Colo., Ted (Jean) Schweickert, of Springville, Bill (Donna) Schweickert, of Springville, Joseph (Debbie) Schweickert, of Florida and the late Janice Barrett; brother-in-law of Marty Barrett, of Springville and the late Henry Ott, Reta Schweickert and Darlene Schweickert; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held May 20 from St. Aloysius Church in Springville. The Rev. Dennis Riter officiated. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Aloysius Church.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, located at 271

East Main St. in Springville Online condolences may be made at

Harriet Schwindemann
Harriet L Schwindemann, (nee Holmes), 79, of Glenwood, died May 17 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo.

She was born in Wales Center on Jan. 13, 1935 to the late John and May Helen (nee Heitman) Holmes.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and bird watching.

She was the wife of Robert Schwindemann; mother of John (Jeanne) Rosten, of Elma, Bryan (Karen) Rosten, of Orchard Park, Aaron Sr. (Carol) Rosten of Arcade, Charlene (Paul) Bresette, of Holland, Lisa Jackson, of Blasdell and the late Fred Rosten III; mother-in-law of Beth Rosten, of Holland; stepmother of Randy Schwindemann, of Yorkshire, Cindy (Michael) Farrel, of Arkansas and the late Tammy Souther; step-mother-in-law of James Souter, of Machias; sister of William Holmes, of

East Aurora and Helen Langendorfer, of East Aurora; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.

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

David Smith
David Archie Smith, 91, of Bliss, died May 14 at Veterans Medical Center in Buffalo, one day short of his 92nd birthday.

He was born in the town of Concord on May 15, 1922 to the late Archie Herbert and Martha Hattie (nee Deuell) Smith.

He served in the United States Marines 24th Regiment, 4 Marine Division, form Oct. 1, 1942 to Aug. 21, 1945, and was a radio operator. He participated in action against the enemy at Kwajalein Atoll from Feb. 1-2, 1944, Saipan and Tinian from June 15-Aug. 1, 1944 and Iwo Jima from Feb. 19-March 16, 1945. He was present when both flags were raised at Iwo Jima.

He was an avid reader, a tinker and a mechanic. He was a self-employed dairy farmer and truck driver in East Concord.

He was the husband of the late Frances (nee Sawyer) Smith; father of Sandra Lee (late Douglas) Reed, of Orchard Park, Jean Carol Pfiffer, of Hawthorne, Fla. and David Paul (Sue) Smith, of Bliss; grandfather of eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother of Marion LaJoy, of Middleport, Lester (Peggy) Smith, of East Concord, Roy (Betty) Smith, of Collins Center and the late Clifford Smith and Esther George; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in East Aurora. Arrangements were made by the W.S. Davis Inc. Funeral Home, located at 358 West Main St. in Arcade. Online condolences may be made at

Richard Wittmeyer
[photo5]Richard L. Wittmeyer, 72, of Lawtons, died May 15.

He was a member of the North Collins Senior Citizens, the L.K. Painter Center in Collins, Collins Center Seniors, and Let’s Travel Group of Cattaraugus. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post, American Legion 1640 and Vietnam Veterans.

He was a carpenter and built homes throughout the county. He was also a coffee klatcher of Rolling Hills Restaurant, Tim Hortons and the Olympia Restaurant.

He was the husband of Candyce “Candy” (nee Hall) Wittmeyer; father of Carrie (Jim) Fix; brother of Robert (Calista), Jerome (Pat) Wittmeyer, Sharon (Larry) Heim, George (Sally) Wittmeyer and the late Edward, Leo, Eugene Wittmeyer and Marjorie (Tom) Neubauer; brother-in-law of Deborah (Dennis) Mikolin, Sharon Catuzza and Elaine Wittmeyer; also survived by several nieces, nephews

A Mass of Christian Burial was held from Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Langford on May 19.

Arrangements were made by the Wentland Funeral Home, located at 10639 Main St. in North Collins.


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