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Obituaries for the Journal week of June 7

Norma Carlson

Norma Carlson (nee Hill), of Bliss, died April 28. She was born on Aug. 4, 1942.

She was the wife of James L. Carlson; mother of Lisa Vasi and Leslie (Samuel) Nappo; grandmother of Alyssa and Gray Vasi and Caroline and Nicholas Nappo.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m., from Faith United Church of Christ in Boston. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Faith Church.

William Cannon[photo2]

William A. Cannon, 76, of Fruitland Park, Fla., formerly of Springville, died May 27 at his home.

He was born in Buffalo on Feb. 15, 1938 to the late John and Kathleen (nee English) Cannon.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and New York State National Guard. He was a graduate of South Park High School in Buffalo, a member of the American Legion Post No. 431 in Springville and the Gowanda Moose Lodge. He enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing and golf. He was one of the first Erie County Sheriff’s deputies to work on the Springville Police Department, and when the two entities merged, he stayed with the sheriff’s department until his retirement.

He was the husband of Sally (nee Rosier) Hayden Cannon; father of Michael (Victoria) Cannon of Springville, Mark (Christina) Cannon of Newport News, Va., Karen (Terence) Murzynski of Orchard Park and the late Michelle Cannon; stepfather of Daniel (Kelly) Hayden of Virginia, Donald (Sue) Hayden of Springville, Dennis Hayden of Springville and Dawn (Boyd) Wieble of Springville; brother of Betsy Woodruff, Cathy Emnery, Linda Rutherford, Peggy Beard, Leroy and Matthew Snow and the late Tula Leazott; grandson of the late Alfred and Mary Schooley; grandfather of eight grandchildren; also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may call at the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 East Main St. in Springville on Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 12:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be made at www.smithweismantelfuneralhomne.

Henry Forster

Henry C. Forster, 88, of East Otto, passed away May 31, 2014 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

He was born April 12, 1926 in East Otto, the son of the late Clyde and Aleyda (nee Wagner) Forster.

On Oct. 4, 1947, he married the former Phyllis Mae Bird who predeceased him in 2008.

Forster was a life-long resident of East Otto and owned and operated his dairy farm in East Otto since 1957. He also had a cattle hauling business.

He was a member of the East Otto Volunteer Fire Dept. for 70 years and was East Otto Fire Commissioner for 26 years and the Town of East Otto assessor for many years. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Otto. He was also a member of the Steamburg Milk Producers and his farm was awarded the Dairy of Distinction honor.

Forster was the father of Steve Forster, David (Diana) Forster, Rob Forster, all of East Otto, John Forster of Virginia, Linda (Dick) Bradley and Jeanne (Jeff) Leydecker, both of East Otto; also survived by 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife he was predeceased by a son Doug Forster, a brother Paul Forster and a granddaughter Caren Forster.

Funeral services were held June 4, from the East Otto United Methodist Church. Burial was in Liberty Park Cemetery in Cattaraugus.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the East Otto Volunteer Fire Department, East Otto Playground Fund or the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Otto.

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

Ruth Langford

Ruth E. Langford (nee Ahles), of Colden, died June 2, 2014.

She was the wife of the late Benjamin D. Langford; mother of Beverly (Paul) Ekes, Robert (Rita) Langford and Dan (Anne) Langford; grandmother of seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; daughter of the late Albert and Mary Ahles; sister of Alberta (Harold) Salzler, Lillian Feldman and the late Helen (late Kenneth) Trevett; also survived by relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Java Village Community Church, located at 4552 Route 78 in Java, on Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m.

William Sutton[photo3]

William F. Sutton, 69, died May 30, 2014, following a long illness.

He was born in Joliet, Ill., to Jean (nee Miner) Sutton and the late Francis Sutton. He graduated from Leigh University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

He was the manager of sales and marketing for Peerless Winsmith in Springville and Flowery Branch, Ga., from June 15, 1987 until his retirement on July 1, 2011. In November of 1999, he was given the responsibility and the accountability for sales and marketing for Perfection Gear Inc. in Ashville, N.C.

Throughout his career, he was active in the American Gear Manufacturers Association, the Power Distributors Association and the Power Motion Technology Representative Association. In 2011, he was granted lifetime membership by the board of directors for PTRA for his many years of membership and contributions to PTRA.

Upon his retirement, he was presented the Winsmith Lifetime Achievement Award. His drive and technical knowledge propelled Winsmith and Perfection Gear to be one of the top suppliers of speed reducers and aerial truck drives in the United States.

He was a member of the Flying Knights of Hamburg and the Southtowns Walleye Association.

He was the husband of Gail (nee Marks); son of Jean Sutton; father of Kimberly (Christopher Rose) Manturuk and Holly (Michael) LeTourneau; grandfather of Michael, Tristan and Beth Manturuk, Zebediah, Cheyenne, Kiah and Asher LeTourneau; brother of Robert Sutton and Deborah Sutton; brother-in-law of Wayne (Donna) Marks, Larry (Dorothy) Marks and Richard (Laurie) Marks; uncle of Elizabeth, Jessica, Kellie, Nicole, Jenny, Taylor, Larry and Shawn.

A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. The information will be posted at Expressions of sympathy may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the ASPCA of Erie County.

Ronald Webber

Ronald D. Webber, 79, of East Concord, died May 23 at his home.

He was born in Elma on May 23, 1935, the son of the late Dana and Ruth (nee Schasel) Webber.

He served in the United States Army during the late 1950s, and enjoyed camping. He had attended Holland Central School and was a self-employed heavy equipment operator and truck driver, and was a lifetime member of Operating Engineers Local No. 17 in Buffalo.

He was member of the Springville Moose Club No. 1249.

He was the husband of the late Marjorie (nee Keaton) Webber; companion of Linda Kephart; brother of Raymond Webber of Greenville, S.C., Carol (Richard) Sackett of Cana, Va. and Marjorie Neureuther of Cornelius, N.C.; father of two children; grandfather of five grandsons and one great-grandchild; also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life was held May 27 at the Springville Moose Club.

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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