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Death notices and obituaries from the July 13 Springville Journal

Margaret Coppinger
Margaret Coppinger, 87, of Springville, died June 28 at Fiddlers Green Manor Nursing Home in Springville.

She was born in West Seneca on Jan. 14, 1926, to the late Peter and Anna (nee Keller) Gross.

She was the wife of the late Irving Coppinger. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Bath National Cemetery of Bath, N.Y. Arrangements were made by the Schindler Funeral Home, located at 44 Center St. in Gowanda.

Elaine Gentner
A memorial service for Elaine Gentner will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at The First Presbyterian Church, located at 38 North Buffalo St. in Springville. The Rev. David Bevington will officiate.

An Eastern Star service will also be held, that evening, under the auspices of Concord Chapter No. 441 Order of the Eastern Star.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to The First Presbyterian Church or to the Ten Lives Club.

Kaye O’Connell
Kaye P. O’Connell, 75, of Machias, died June 27 at The Pines in Machias.

She was born Feb. 17, 1938 in East Concord, to the late Lynn and Hollis (nee Braymiller) Goodemote. She married William O’Connell in Sardinia on May 6, 1961. Her husband died on July 5, 2006.

She was a 1956 graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute. She was employed at the Garden Gate Flower Shop in Franklinville and the Birdwalk Restaurant of Ellicottville and was later self-employed, doing Myo and massage therapy.

She attended St. Philomena’s Roman Catholic Church in Franklinville, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and served as a Eucharist minster and reader.

She was a 4-H leader, volunteer at the King Memorial Library in Machias and was an auxiliary member of the American Legion Post 1460 of Machias. She danced, sewed and assisted with the Machias Zucchini Festival.

She was the mother of Colleen (Bob) Johnson of Franklinville, Dorothea (Rocky) Koch of Machias, Kathleen O’Connell of Machias and Patricia (David) West of Havre de Grace, Md.; grandmother of nine grandchildren; great-grandmother of five; sister of Henry Goodemote of Arcade, Phillip Goodemote of Delevan, Phyllis Hecht of East Concord, Sandy Wendley of Delevan and the late June Gordon, Mary Goodemote and Dennis Goodemote; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on July 1 from St. Philomena’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 26 Plymouth Ave. in Franklinville. The Rev. Robert Marino officiated.

Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Machias. Memorials may be made to Evergreen Unit, c/o The Pines, P.O. Box 310, Machias, NY 14101.

Arrangements were made by the Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home of Franklinville. Online condolences may be made at

Wilma Schaus
Wilma (nee Fleissner) Schaus of East Concord died June 29.

She was the wife of the late Carl Schaus; mother of Gary (Katie), Robert, William, James (Cindy), Kathy (Michael) Ryan and the late Patricia Schaus; grandmother of Erin, Carl, Brian, Benjamin, Heidi, Colin and the late Rick Schaus; great-grandmother of Aiden, Anye, Luca and Katie; sister of Shirley Perkins and the late John Fleissner; also survived by nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at the Sardinia Rural Cemetery located on Genesee Road in Sardinia. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hulbert Library of Springville.

Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home, located at 9287 Boston State Road in Boston.

Florence Tatlow
Florence Tatlow

Florence Tatlow, 85, of East Concord, died July 8 at Hospice in Cheektowaga, following an illness.

She was born March 25, 1928 in Chaffee, to the late John and Virginia (nee Pierce) Nelligan. She worked at Mickey’s Diner in Yorkshire and drove a school bus for the East Aurora school system for 25 years.

She visited family and friends and watched NASCAR. One of her last outings was to watch country band Gene Hilts & The Rustic Ramblers.

She was the mother of Georgia Prouty of East Concord; Donald Harris of East Concord; Ronald Harris of Belfast; Ginger Susan (Jim) Spencer of Arden, N.C.; Lisa (Dave) Hoffman of Cheektowaga and the late Bonnie and Robert Jo Harris. Stepmother of Debbie Gdaniec of Lancaster. Grandmother of Gail Stanbro, Mark Prouty, Aron Wardhaugh, Richard Wardhaugh, Teresa Bookmiller, Veronica Glasner, Steven Thornton, Patty Tarr, Donald Harris Jr., Heather Harris, Tammy Hobson, Wendy Laster, Brandi Dureya, Jessica Casselberry and Shaun Hurd. Also survived by 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her four husbands: Albert Harris, Russ Kleinschmidt, Joseph Gdaniec and Jerry Tatlow.

There will be no memorial service. Donations may be made to Hospice of Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

Paul Watkins
Paul Watkins

Paul D. Watkins, 76, of Spring, Texas, formerly of Buffalo and Arcade, died at the Park Manor Nursing Home in The Woodlands, Texas, on June 30.

He was born Paul Douglas Wilson on April 23, 1937 in Buffalo. He was given up for adoption by his biological parents, the late Orin and Helen Jane (nee Williams) Wilson, when he was 10 days old.

He was adopted by James and Margaret (nee Dietz) Watkins of Buffalo on Feb. 9, 1938 and his name was legally changed to Paul Douglas Watkins.

He was raised in and attended school in Buffalo.

While serving in the United States Air Force, he was stationed in Texas, Nebraska and other bases. Following his time in the service, he moved back to the Western New York area and worked at the Chevrolet and Trico plants in Buffalo and in Springville, as an assistant pharmacist. He retired in 1974.

On Dec. 17, 1990, after more than half a century of separation, Wilson was united with his biological sister, Rebecca Wilcox Barnhoorn. The reunion was made possible by the research of Rebecca’s son Stephen.

Watkins was a fisherman. He won the Genesee Fishing Contest eight times.

He was the husband of Shirley (nee Vinson); father of James Watkins of Buffalo, Carey Murray of Spring and the late Colleen Jane Watkins; grandfather of Shannon (Steve) Fox, Kyle Cunningham, Catelyn and Connor Murray, Dylan and Nicholas Watkins, all of Spring; brother of Rebecca Barnhoorn of Canandaigua; half-brother of the late Thelma Wilson; uncle of Michael and Daniel Barnhoorn, Stephen Barnhoorn, Bart Barnhoorn, Toni Sloan and Terry, Christy and Robbie Vinson; great-grandfather of Bailey and Riley Fox.

Anna Zabawa
Anna (nee Faulring) Zabawa of Boston died June 29.

She was the wife of the late Alexander Zabawa; mother of John (Pam), Kim and the late Robert Zabawa; grandmother of Ashley Higgs, Corey Davidson, Dennis Elliott, Justin, Jeremy, Kevin, Kelsey and Grace Zabawa; great-grandmother of Madison and Layla; sister of the late Fran, Norman and Glenn Faulring.

A memorial Mass was held from St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church of Boston, on July 10.

Arrangements were made by the Wurtz Funeral Home, located at 9287 Boston State Road in Boston.


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