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Obituaries and death notices from the Sept. 1 Springville Journal

Robert Bickerstaff
Robert C. Bickerstaff, 80, of Springville, passed away Sept. 2 at his home.

He was born July 1, 1932 in Buffalo to the late Robert and Elizabeth Bickerstaff.

He had been employed at Winsmith Inc. of Springville and built his own 47-foot steel sailboat. He was a fix-it man.

He was the husband of Carol (nee Marks); father of Cheryl Ann Gamble of Springville and the late Barbara Bickerstaff; grandfather of Curt and Chad Golabek and great-grandfather of Ethan.

A gathering will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at 111 Newman St., Springville. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.

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

Bruce Puff
Bruce Puff, 78, of East Concord, passed away Aug. 12 at Buffalo Hospice Inc. in Cheektowaga.

He was born in Sardinia in 1934, the son of the late Truman and Alice (nee Tefft) Puff.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a member of St. Judeís Church in Sardinia. He played sports, especially golf.

He had been a foreman at Robinson Knife Factory until his retirement at age 62.

He was married to Ruth (nee Gentner) Puff for 55 years and was the father of Kathy (John) Flammer of Hamburg and Duane (Judy) Puff of Springville; grandfather of Derek (Shana) Puff, Jessica (Marc Gaylor) Ehman and Nicole Flammer; brother of Betty Osterman of Wyoming, N.Y., Dorothy Milne of Carlisle, Mass. and Carol Wohlhueter of Clifton Springs, N.Y.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 15 from the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 East Main St., Springville. The Rev. Derek Davis officiated. Burial was in Sardinia Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Buffalo Hospice Inc. of Cheektowaga.

Online condolences may be made at www.smithweismantelfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Schultz
Ruth Schultz, 90, nee Weishan, of Machias, died Aug. 31 at The Pines Nursing Home in Machias.

She was born in Ellicottville on May 3, 1922, the daughter of Frederick and Alma (nee Exner) Weishan.

She had been a cafeteria manager at Ellicottville School. Some of her activities included cooking and baking. She was involved in St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Ellicottville and the ladiesí aid.

She was the wife of the late Henry Schultz; predeceased by three brothers, one sister and nephew Leonard Weishan Jr.; survived by nieces Diana Dorgan, Debbie Weishan and Teresa Austin and nephew Larry Weishan.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 5 from St. Paulís Lutheran Church. The Rev. William Kay officiated.

Burial was in Plato Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Ellicottville.

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